I researched Little French Key on Trip Advisor before I set sail on my Royal Caribbean cruise from May 12-17, 2014. This place is amazing! It's beautiful, relaxing and fun. When we were there is wasn't crowded at all, most likely because we didn't go through Royal Caribbean's shore excursions, we made the reservations ourselves-I recommend you do too. We met a few very friendly and helpful vacationers too; Joe and Amanda. My mother, two sisters and I made the reservations for Little French Key online while we were on our vacation. We paid for our $98 package when we arrived there. It included transportation to and from the port, the guided snorkel boat tour, flippers, mask and mouthpiece, and a tour of their zoo that housed a rescued jaguar that you can pet and hold, spider monkeys, parrots, and dogs. We had a fabulous big lunch of curried chicken, grilled lobster, grilled shrimp, rice and beans, chopped vegetable salad, cabbage slaw, and filet mignon pieces all while looking out over the dreamy ocean. Our package included two drinks of any kind-we had the Monkey Lala, a sweet cream of coconut based concoction, that is really yummy and really fattening with very little alcohol in it. I wish we had had more time at this venue. We had a shuttle waiting for us at the port but it was difficult finding our driver. You have to walk past all of the vendors within the port that are trying to vie for your attention and your business. Then once you're out of the port, you still have to figure out who your driver is, and again there are more vendors trying to vie for your attention and business and offer you a taxi or a glass bottomed boat adventure. There was also a camouflaged officer holding a long rifle. I wasn't expecting that but my sister said I need to get out more. There was a platform that you could jump off of into the water below that was fun. The coral is so close to you when you are snorkeling. It's about 2-3 feet away from you in certain parts. The snorkel boat driver stayed with my mom the whole time she snorkeled and put her in a floating donut so she could stay afloat. I saw the most beautiful fish while snorkeling. It was a small, royal blue fish, and it looked like it had flashing white stars all over its body. You could drink and or eat in the shallow water area too. There were lounge chairs and a couple of tables to eat at. One side of the island had lots of hammocks. They looked so relaxing but we didn't have enough time to enjoy them. They also offered massages for an additional charge. A woman on our snorkel boat said that the massage was amazing and that it was $30 for 30 minutes. My mom had a great time here celebrating her 85th birthday and Mother's day. She especially enjoyed meeting the wife and husband who own Little French Key, and because my mother and the wife found out that they are both from the same country. They had a lot to talk about and the shuttle almost left without her. Just kidding. I would recommend this place to anyone, any age, I would love to take my kids here! I miss it already!
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