As the cooler fall weather takes hold, travelers flock to Floridas Key West and with good reason. Its laid-back vibe and tropical climate just may be the closest thing to the Caribbean without adding another stamp to the passport. Just 90 miles off the coast of Cuba, on a less-crowded side of quirky Duval Street, rests Southernmost on the Beach, a luxury (yet unpretentious) hotel that boasts sweeping views from its private beach a rarity in the Florida Keys. This year, the resort unveiled its new, oceanfront guest rooms on the west lawn. With balcony vistas of the morning sunrise, modern décor, flat-screen televisions, and luxurious bathrooms (think glass enclosed sauna-style showers with tile walls and flooring), the remodeled rooms will be welcomed by returning guests and new visitors alike. Experience one of these rooms from November 15 through December 23 from just $199/night (for Sunday through Thursday stays) with this exclusive offer. Or save 20 percent off stays from December 24 through February 4 starting from $230/night.
THE VALUE: Similar Key West hotel rates (in standard rooms) hover around $250/night. Upgrading to an ocean view room with a balcony usually costs $300/night or more in late fall and early winter. Many upscale properties charge $15-$20 per night for parking, so depending on the length of your stay, you can save a bundle in parking alone. Plus, resort guests have access to sister property, the Southernmost Hotel on Duval Street just steps away from this oceanfront oasis.
THE CATCH: Flights to Key West are limited, and therefore pricey. Many people opt to fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale and drive or take the shuttle from there. Theres only one road, so plan on a three to four-hour long trip alongside the seductive aqua water of the Florida Keys.
THE DETAILS: Visit www.southernmostresorts.com or call (800) 354-4455 or (305) 296-6577. Use Code SHERMANWL. Note this offer is only valid when booking directly with the hotel.