The Motor Vessel "Once Around"

The Motor Vessel "Once Around"
The Motor Vessel "Once Around" in the Florida Keys

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Little Palm Island...The Rest Of The Story

OK, there were a few other nice things about our two night stay at Little Palm Island that I might have overlooked in my last post.  So here goes…
My First Mate and I have been lucky to spend vacation times in some pretty cool tropical places before.  We never thought we would find a place in the US that measured up to some of those we’d stayed in…like in Bora Bora, Tahiti for example.  Little Palm Island did just that.
Little Palm Island was developed after filmmakers brought in electricity for the filming of "PT 109".  Little Palm is accessible only by water.  It has only 30 “huts”, and most guests come over from an adjacent island on Little Palm Island’s boat, appropriately named, Escape.  There is also dock space for about a half dozen boats our size.  The day we arrived we were the only boat on the dock.  We were disappointed to learn that we had just missed our friends on Tropical Breeze by a few hours…such is life on the loop.  
Approaching Little Palm Island

Our slip was ready and waiting

Once Around at Little Palm Island

Our only company on the dock the first day was a seaplane delivering guests.  This gave me an idea...more about that later.
Everything on the island is first class, from the restaurants to the salon and spa.  We enjoyed every meal and relaxed with a “couples massage” one afternoon, which for the Admiral was followed by a manicure and a haircut.  For me it was followed by a couple of rum something or others at the pool bar.
the Admiral liked the way they measured the weather

The beach at Little Palm

the pool

The Key Deer are supposedly endangered...this guy was just pesky!

Beauty and the Beast (right to left, in case you were wondering)

The beach dining was very romantic
The only “negative” about Little Palm is the price (totally insane).  Two nights stay here brought new focus on our mantra, “We’re NOT on a budget and we’re sticking to it! 
We left Palm Island (OK, somewhat reluctantly) on Friday, headed for Hawk’s Cay Resort.  The “somewhat” part was due to our excitement about our son, Leo, who will be joining us for several days!


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