Florida Keys Resorts Create Wedding Memories

Weddings at Florida Keys resorts and hotels are memorable affairs. Planners can assist couples with all event elements - including dramatic wedding arrivals by boat, helicopter, seaplane or even parasail.

All types of resorts are found throughout the Keys, but here are just a few for celebrating destination weddings and honeymoons:

In Key Largo, the 12-acre "luxury inclusive" adults-only 135-unit Bungalows Key Largo features a "Florida chic" design with 800-square-foot bungalows and outdoor plunge pools or tubs, Tiki-style boats and 1,000 feet of shoreline. Several venues, full catering, yoga classes and spa services are on-site. BungalowsKeyLargo.com.

In Key Largo, the 13-acre Baker's Cay Resort Key Largo, Curio Collection by Hilton has 200 rooms, 17,000 square feet for weddings, a 10,000-square-foot ballroom and 7,000-square-foot lawn; two pools, waterfall grotto, nature trail with secluded beach nooks, and pet programming and fresh culinary offerings. bakerscayresort.com.

The 14-acre, 178-room Playa Largo Resort & Spa in Key Largo offers an 8,600-square-foot lawn, wedding gazebo and 4,760-square-foot ballroom for 360 guests. The Autograph Collection Hotel has 10 secluded bungalows, three-bedroom beach house, full-service spa and a 6,000-square-foot beach. playalargoresort.com.

Key Largo's six-villa Dolphin Point Villas hosts weddings for up to 125 in an open-air pavilion or lawn. The two-story three-wing Nautilus House villa has five bedrooms, five baths and private pool, sleeping 16. dolphinpointvillas.com.

Honeymooning divers can sleep at Jules' Undersea Lodge - the United States' only submerged recreational hotel. Fresh pizza can be delivered to the underwater resort in the Key Largo Undersea Park. The lodge has hosted over 10,000 overnight visitors. jul.com.

In Islamorada, the 214-room, 27-acre oceanfront Cheeca Lodge & Spa has several pools, 4,600 square feet of versatile space and a Tahitian-style Spa Island. Its Bougainvillea Ballroom has 12-foot ceilings and 2,100 square feet for 120. The Casitas at Cheeca Lodge, with personalized butler service, has one- and two-bedroom units from 750 to 2,100 square feet. Ten villas offer large furnished porches, full kitchens and bathrooms with rain showers and large soaking tubs. Guests have access to all the resort's signature amenities and exclusive access to the Casita area's private beach, pool and tennis courts. The resort's 1,870-square-foot Sunrise Ballroom, with Atlantic views and open-air terrace, hosts up to 100. cheeca.com.

The Moorings Village in Islamorada is a luxurious 18-acre resort with private cottages, including the 950-square-foot Honeymoon Cottage, and homes made famous by the popular Netflix thriller-drama series "Bloodline" that ended in May 2017. Weddings for up to 50 can be booked. Larger events are hosted at Morada Bay Beach Cafe and Pierre's Restaurant & Lounge, bayside across the Overseas Highway. themooringsvillage.com.

The 25-acre oceanfront, palm-fringed Islander Resort in Islamorada offers contemporary cottage-style units and screened-in lanais, a 6,000-square-foot lawn with event space, two pools: a freshwater and a saltwater, and a jacuzzi; onsite water sports, two dining venues: Tides Beachside Bar & Grill and Elements Lounge & Restaurant; 114 oceanside villas and 25 two-story, two-bedroom bayside townhomes at the nearby Bayside Villas by Islander Resort. IslanderFloridaKeys.com

In Islamorada, Casa Morada, a luxury boutique hotel with private island, hosts intimate wedding ceremonies and packages with a two-hour ceremony and reception, honeymoon suite, photographer, cake, champagne toast, fruit and cheese platter and other amenities. Weddings for over 20 guests require booking of all 16 guest suites for a minimum two to four nights. Private space for guests is offered. casamorada.com.

Hawks Cay Resort on Duck Key has 20,000 square feet of waterfront space and two spacious ballrooms. The 60-acre property, promoted as the most expansive resort in the Keys, features opportunities for group outdoor events, receptions and pool parties and fishing and boating excursions. The Preferred Hotel Group Lifestyle Collection resort underwent a $50 million renovation in fall 2018 and offers 250 two- and three-bedroom villas and 177 guest rooms. hawkscay.com.

The 24-acre, 199-unit Isla Bella Beach Resort at mile marker 47 near the foot of the Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon, offers more than 20,000 square feet of function space, including a 3,800-square-foot Hibiscus Event Center and 16,000 square feet of outdoor space, a mile of shoreline, a 4,000-square-foot spa and oceanfront event area. On-site amenities include five pools and several food and beverage venues, including the newly opened Mahina, with upscale Pacific Rim cuisine. islabellabeachresort.com.

The 125-room Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, with Marathon's landmark Faro Blanco Lighthouse, offers wedding packages for 200. Options include a waterfront jetty ceremony, plush reception lawn, plated or buffet dinners and a "dock-tail" marina party. There's 1,820 square feet of flexible indoor function space and a waterfront restaurant. faroblancoresort.com.

In the Lower Keys, the ultraluxe Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, billed as "America's only private island resort," is located on a secluded private island off Little Torch Key. The exclusive adults-only resort offers 2,480 total square feet of oceanview event space including the 1,080-square-foot Sunset Terrace, 450-square-foot Sunrise Terrace and 950-square-foot Great Room. Venues can be one space or separate. Visitors can arrive by seaplane or the resort's private boat, The Truman. littlepalmisland.com.

Oceans Edge Resort & Marina near Key West features an outdoor venue and expanded outdoor space for casual weddings and ceremonies for 10 to 150 guests. The resort offers 175 water-view suites and rooms, six swimming pools, scenic harborwalk and open-air bar and grill. An on-site marina has 111 wet and 52 dry slips for access to Gulf and Atlantic islands. oceansedgekeywest.com.

The legendary 311-room Casa Marina Key West, Curio Collection by Hilton, has hosted generations of tycoons, artists and dignitaries. With more than 11,000 square feet of event space including the 3,080-square-foot historic Flagler Ballroom offering an outdoor covered patio, and 1,100 feet of private beach, the resort boasts Key West's largest event space. Venues for weddings include the Grand Ballroom & Patio, Flagler Beach and East Beach. Elegant rehearsal dinners and farewell breakfasts and brunches can be booked. The iconic resort celebrated its centennial in 2021. casamarinaresort.com.

The 100-room The Perry Hotel & Marina at Stock Island Marina Village accommodates weddings with waterfront event space for 50 to several hundred. It offers 20,000 total square feet of indoor and outdoor space, and 11 venues, including outdoor space with an event lawn with raised stage and two pools. The resort offers harbor-view accommodations, three dockside restaurants, water activities and on-site boarding for yacht excursions to view Key West sunsets. Visit perrykeywest.com/meetings-and-events or call 305-269-1717.

On a 27-acre island just off 500 yards off of Key West, Sunset Key Cottages has 40 cottages, private beach, zero-entry pool and two whirlpools, spa, two tennis courts and the upscale waterfront Latitudes restaurant.Sunset Key, easily accessible by ferry service - a seven-minute cruise - from the dock at sister resort Opal Key Resort & Marina. A three-bedroom Paradise Cottage is ideal for boutique weddings. sunsetkeycottages.com.

In Key West, the 18-room, oceanfront Victorian-style The Southernmost House offers 5,000 square feet of space and heated infinity pool. It's adults-only for those 18 and older. The Historic Hotels of America property can be booked exclusively for up to 300. southernmosthouse.com

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