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A Weekend Family Getaway at The Laureate to Inspire Your Next Trip

Planning your next family vacation is often filled with feelings of excitement about exploring new destinations, contrasted with feelings of stress while creating an itinerary that appeases all family members — young and old. If you’re looking for a quick, 48-hour getaway, here is some good news. The Laureate in Key West and its surrounding area offer a slew of activities that both increase calmness and awaken the senses.

A weekend getaway with your family is a unique opportunity to slow down the pace of life, and bond through fun and engaging activities. With The Laureate’s unique offerings and roomy suites, you may not even have to or want to venture off-property to get the full experience. Here is your weekend itinerary for the whole family to enjoy during your weekend stay.


Morning: Boating and Beyond

Start your vacation off on an active note with an outing that combines Key West’s beautiful landscape with a touch of adventure. What better way to appreciate this serene destination than spending the morning kayaking or boating? Visit Fun in the Sun Water Sports at The Capitana for kayak rentals (both single and double for when you’re taking the little ones) as well as paddleboards. Looking for a more relaxing time gobbling up the scenery (and of course, snacks)? Just a 7-minute drive away from The Laureate, Fun in the Sun’s Stock Island Yacht Club outpost has a ready supply of bay boats, deck boats, pontoon rentals and charter boats.

Afternoon: Sand and Puppies

No time in Key West would be complete without a visit to its pristine beaches. With The Laureate’s desirable location, you can easily head to nearby Smathers Beach, which offers a chance to enjoy the sun or engage in water sports. And bonus! The Laureate is truly inclusive as it welcomes family members of all shapes and pedigrees, inviting dogs weighing 30 pounds or less to enjoy the experience. Entertain your pet with a visit to one of Key West’s dog-friendly areas such as Higgs Beach Dog Park or Key West Dog Beach.

Evening: Celebrate at Sunset

End the day with a memorable night spent at Mallory Square’s Sunset Celebration. Held every evening as the sun goes down, the whole family will relish entertainment from jugglers and acrobats, magicians and psychics, island performers and singer-songwriters, as well as creations from local artists and inventive food vendors. Watch the sky flush in cotton-candy colors while you enjoy the view from every angle.


Morning: Room With a View

Soak in the modern luxury of The Laureate by spending the morning in your roomy three-bedroom suite, which can entertain up to 10 guests. The expansive layout with a spacious bay-view balcony and full kitchen provides a chance to hit pause and bond with your loved ones. Make yourself at home and take advantage of The Laureate’s partnership with Fausto’s, which provides fresh groceries right to your door. Pre-order 48 hours before check-in, and enjoy a delicious breakfast with an ocean-side view.

Afternoon: Make a Splash

The luxe pool deck at The Laureate offers the chance to unwind and take in your surroundings, without the need to go far. Get comfortable on one of the lounge chairs while the kiddos take a dip in the luxury swimming pool, heated on days when the temperature drops. Being with your children on vacation doesn’t mean you need to compromise on luxury, which is why The Laureate’s pool fuses family-friendly with fancy. Poolside games such as cornhole are also available, so you can add some friendly competition to your stay.

Evening: A Farewell Feast

All good things must come to an end, so say adieu with a meal to remember. Treat the family to a dining adventure at the nearby Latitudes at Sunset Key Cottages. A short boat ride takes you to this waterfront dining experience, filled with fresh fish and meat options, vegetarian choices, decadent desserts, and an extensive wine list. It’s the perfect parting gift for you and your family.

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