Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Key West, FL to Little Palm Island Florida - It doesn't get any better than this!!!!!

"Island Hopper" departed A & B Marina at 9:45 AM heading 39 miles to Little Palm Island . The temperature was in the 70's, sunny, with easterly winds around 15 - 20 knots. It was a choppy ride with the wind directly on our nose, but "Island Hopper" handled it well. We are all looking forward to staying on Palm Island.

Little Palm Island marks each boat slip by the boat's name.

"Island Hopper" at the dock.

Baby Grand Piano Water Feature Debbie receiving a Hot Stone Pedicure - Courtesy of Kevin!!!

Little Palm Island is on Munson Island. This is where they filmed PT 109, the movie about John Kennedy. Little Palm Island Resorts & Spa, is a five acre island located three miles offshore in the Atlantic Ocean and 28 miles east of the historic town of Key West. Sitting at the entrance to Newfound Harbor, the fast running tides help to create the unique white sandy beach and deep water dockage. Over 250 Jamaican Tall coconut palms, planted 65 years ago by its first inhabitant, Newton Munson, grace its shoreline profile. Today, you can find over 28 varieties of palm trees on the island. Munson, fearing the effects of summer storms, built his strongest legacy. With only a rowboat he brought out enough cement to build the "Storm House," a shelter with two-foot thick poured concrete walls. In 1986 the Island was bought by a limited partnership and a 1988 Little Palm Island opened as a resort. In 1995, Mr. Patrick Colee purchased the Island and his vision and financial investment made it into the Island that you see today.

Fire Pit on the Beach Key Deer Protected on the Island This is what Little Palm's website says about the magnificent island.(

The Perfect Island Paradise

You wake up to a blissful quiet, broken only by a heron's call and the gentle lap of waves. You snuggle closer. A cloud of soft linen envelops you in a comfortable cocoon. You dream of your trip here last night on The Truman, the 35 foot launch named after one of the island's most famous guests, and glide again through sultry waters to arrive at this remote island full of Jamaican palms and exotic blossoms. And you wonder if you can ever leave. Welcome to Little Palm Island Resort & Spa, the internationally acclaimed private island paradise, listed among the top resorts in the world by Condé Nast Traveler and Travel+Leisure magazine.

Tucked offshore of Little Torch Key and accessible only by boat or seaplane, the resort is a world unto itself, alive with hidden pleasures. Crushed seashell paths wind through lush gardens to thatched-roof bungalows, which serve as your guest quarters. Extra spacious, each suite and grand suite has romantic touches such as a king-size bed draped in butterfly netting, verandahs with ocean views and, in some rooms, private outdoor showers and jetted tubs. From the lagoon-style pool to the meditative Zen Garden or the cozy Great Room library, a perfect serenity sweeps over you as you wander the island. Oversized hammocks beckon from the trees. Lounge chairs nestled in the sand call from the beach. And at the end of the day, return to your private bungalow for peaceful seclusion to dream again. We welcome children 16 years of age and older.

Tate "chillin" on the boat at Little Palm Island

No dogs are allowed on the island unless they come on a boat. Tate was the only dog on Little Palm Island today.

7:40 PM Sunset over the water

Joan and Ian having dinner waterside.

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