It's worth the trip just for the drive. Made up of over 200
islands, 34 of which are inhabited, the Florida Keys are linked by
the scenic Overseas Highway (also known as US 1), 112 miles of
single-lane road and 43 bridges spanning the endless turquoise
waters. When you reach the end, you are closer to Havana than
This is a superbly run resort, with a staff-to-guest ratio more
in keeping with the Far East than the West. Its location is
unbeatable, the wildlife amazing and the environment unusual - it
couldn't be further from your mainstream American hotel. There are
no cars here; the only sounds are the splash of fishing pelicans
and the occasional passing boat. It's the perfect base for
exploring the Keys, and there is no place better for discovering
the area's best diving.
There are two types of diving here. The first is gentle, shallow
and very easy - ideal for beginners. The second is exciting, deep
wreck diving, often swept by currents, and is only for more
advanced divers. Regardless of your experience, this is excellent
diving with something for everyone.
Located in Little Palm Island's sheltered harbour, where
Hollywood's PT 109 used to dock, the dive centre is just behind the
spa and, like everything else, a short walk from any of the rooms.
It may be small, but it has an excellent range of equipment that is
regularly replaced. The whole operation is designed to make diving
here as painless as possible.