Family of fours (boys 13 & 15) will visit southern FL for 10 nights (12/20-12/30). Here is our tentative itinerary for the Keys part, would love your input.
Day 2 (12/23) Dry Tortugas NP. Overnight at Key West.
Day 3 (12/24) Leave for Key Largo (spend couple more hours to see Key west if necessary prior). Stop by Bahia Honda. Overnight at Key Largo.
Day 4 (12/25) John Pennecamp SP. Overnight at Key Largo.
Day 5 Leave for Miami.
1) I checked all the parks (SP and NP), they are all open year around. NO issues there for the Xmas day for closing, is there? What about area business? Is everything open 12/24 & 12/25?
2) John Pennecamp SP is probably the place for snorkeling. What about kayaking? We would like to do some kayaking, not heavy duty, only light and easy. I kinda like the idea of doing it at the hotel property (but open to all options). but I don't know which hotel offers decent kayaking. (I haven't book my hotel yet).
3) Overall, how does our itinerary look? Does it cover the area nicely? Any suggestions? We can always stay longer at Keys and cut short on Miami (3 days-1 day at ENP/4 nights) and Palm Beach (1 day/2 nights). Our main objective for this trip is the Keys.
4) Would you recommend a vacation rental for both places or a hotel? 2 night stay during this holiday season might not be enough for a vacation rental. The only reason I would like a vacation rental is we can have access to a kitchen, I would love to get some fresh seafood from the market to cook on our own. How accessible are the fresh seafood market?