05 November 2018
FLORIDA KEYS – Planners of meetings, incentive events and corporate retreats typically seek unique experiences that connect them to a destination. Relaxing offshore activities and bucket-list adventures are what the Florida Keys are all about.
A fishing charter, for example, in cobalt-blue waters off Islamorada or Key West is an adventure made all the more memorable by catches such as sailfish, tarpon or yellowtail snapper.
A group hunt for the best Key lime pie is sure to satisfy all taste buds. Nearly every Keys dining venue serves a creative version of this rich signature dessert.
For active groups kayaking, swimming with dolphins and other experiential activities can be booked around the Keys. Among them:
Key Largo Bike and Adventure Tours offers afternoon Bike and Beer tours for up to 12 in the Upper Keys with a 10-mile trek from Tavernier to Islamorada. Participants can enjoy three stops for beer and a van ride back. In Islamorada, another tour visits historic venues, locations from the hit Netflix drama “Bloodline,” a Tiki bar and two craft breweries. Visit keylargobike.com or call 305-395-1551.
At Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters in Marathon, groups can swim with and feed colorful fish while learning about marine habitats. Groups up to 12 can explore the unique facility’s 200,000-gallon saltwater aquarium in a snorkel session, or up to eight people can be accommodated in a regulator session. Private tours and events are offered for up to 125. Visit floridakeysaquariumencounters.com or call 305-407-3262.
Serenity Eco Therapy at Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Keys combines gentle meditation, yoga and Pilates with stand-up paddleboarding techniques. A two-hour experience helps to relieves stress. Visit serenityecoguides.com or call 305-432-1401.
Haunted Key West offers an Infamous Hauntings Ghost Tour, an intriguing walk for up to 20, featuring locations that include the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum with human and feline ghosts. Visit hauntedkeywest.com or call 305-395-1435.
Crafting sand sculptures at Key West’s Casa Marina or The Reach, both Waldorf Astoria resorts, is another way to build competitive team spirit or bonding. Just Sand and Water offers beach workshops for six to 150. Visit justsandandwater.com
or call 305-896-5503.
Key West Food Tours for groups of six to 12 offer a three-hour, 1.7-mile experience. Participants stop approximately every four blocks to taste conch fritters, fish tacos, Key lime pie and other samplings. Visit keywestfoodtours.com or call 305-570-2010.
Florida Keys visitor information: fla-keys.com or 1-800-FLA-KEYS
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