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Anthony's Key Resort
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Reviewed 19 August 2014

When there are so many great dive destinations, it says a lot when you repeat a location, and this was a repeat for us. This resort is all-inclusive (except for alcohol - but don't worry they have two for one happy hours) and is a lot of things. It is a diver's dive resort with 3 to 4 boat diverse boat dives a day (including an awesome wreck - Aguilla - with large grouper, free swimming moray, scorpion fish, and drums). The diving is good - lots of turtles, fish, squid, eels. They have a fleet of dive boats and their service spoils you. Shore diving is also included. The resort also caters to non-divers. For families, non-divers, and a break, they also run daily snorkeling trips. They also have kayaks which many families used early morning or later in the afternoon before dinner.

In addition, the resort has different scheduled activities, like beach barbeques, a weekly trip to their private island with rescued animals (birds, monkeys, jaguar, ocelots), lunch barbeque, snorkeling, beach, etc. Overall, the food was also very good. This visit, we took our son. We were planning on snorkeling with him and doing some dolphin encounters at the attached/adjacent Marine Institute, but since it was summer, he was able to do the kid's camp (which I was previously unaware of). It is a great program for the kids. Each day, they spend time feeding the dolphins and learning hand signals for them, snorkeling off the beach, doing "bubble makers" (pre-scuba), swimming at the pool, and spending time doing different activities in the clubhouse (crafts, making a pinata). They even went horse back riding. My son had an excellent time. I was also amazed at how much diving we got in on this family trip (which we weren't expecting). The activities coordinated with dive times allowing us to get in 3 to 4 dives a day still having family time. There was a relaxing two hours together every day for lunch, and meeting at 4:30 each afternoon for pool time and dinner. On night dive nights, the kids had a dinner and movie, getting out just in time to join us for dinner (growing kids sometimes want to eat twice!). There was no problem taking the kids out to just enjoy the afternoon, snorkel together, or take another type of excursion. The dive shop also offers additional excursions for shark dives.

Loved the accommodations which are bungalows, most of them stand alone units (bedroom and bathroom) with an open air covered (keeps the rain off of anyone in the hammocks or trying to dry swimsuits) deck. One warning - this is an ocean front resort, but does not have a large beach (except on the private island trip). There is a small slice of beach where the kayaks are. This is not a trip for those who only want to lay on the sand. Divers, snorkelers, all-around trip, relaxing in hammocks, amazing kid's camp, yes!

Bottom line - Great place and a lot to do. Never thought about families there (since we previously went in November), but what an amazing experience for the kids.

Room Tip: If you are carrying large dive camera equipment, ask for a bungalow close to the dock. If it is summer, make sure you get a bungalow with air conditioning (superior). They have hillside and key bungalows - individual preference. I prefer splurging on the key rooms being closer to the pool and being on the water. Just very enjoyable and relaxing. A boat taxi runs between the main island and key, but it was efficient and convenient.
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled with family
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2  Thank cdaughe
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Reviewed 18 August 2014

This was our 2nd visit to Anthony's Key! The resort is beautiful! It's private, quiet and the grounds are exceptionally maintained. The restaurant offers well-prepared meals that are delicious and healthy with soups and vegetarian options; thanks to Perry and Marcos for your kind assistance. There are 2 bars, at the pool and on the hillside (thanks to Timmy and Raul). The bungalows are very comfortable; we stayed on the hillside this time instead of the key and the air conditioning was nice. There were lots of lizards around, small green fellows and 2 that were 3-4 feet! Remember to pack insect repellent as the no-seeums will seek you out. What can't be said about the diving?! Unbelievable clarity and visibility and water temps in the mid-80's. Many of the dive sites are only minutes from the resort. There is a dolphin encounter available as well. Grouper, four-eyed butterflyfish, sergeant majors, parrotfish, turtles, queen angelfish, moray eels, blue tangs and the list goes on. There is a shark dive available (highly recommended!); while it is a staged event, it's still thrilling to swim with 10-15 reef sharks, some as long as 8-10 feet! There are 2 wrecks to dive, The Odyssey and El Aguilla. There is a trip to Maya Key, another facility on the other side of the island where you can learn about the Mayan culture as well as see a wide assortment animals in their animal rescue center (howler monkeys, jaguar, parrots, ocelots). Many thanks to our boat captain Ruppert and our Divemaster Sherwin for taking such good care of us! Awesome to dive with you! Thanks to Kevin in the dive shop for all the help and the hose repair. Anthony's Key is a very special place and we enjoyed our return - we'll be back again! Highly recommended!

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
2  Thank klong1212
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

My friend and I just returned from a week at Anthony's Key Resort. We finished up our open water PADI certification. It was a great experience - wonderful instructor and dive master. We felt well taken care of and in good hands. The dive master and boat captain made sure we were comfortable when we were "on our own" and they were always so helpful (helping switch tanks, getting "unturtled" and out of the boat. The food was an unexpected surprise. Every meal was very good, especially with Selase's special hot sauce (you have to ask him about it - he doesn't promote it and you definitely need to take some home with you). I think I'm spoiled and my next dive trip will have a hard time measuring up to Anthony's Key!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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1  Thank leslie r
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Reviewed 13 August 2014

It was a dream. I can't think of a single thing I would say bad about Anthony's Key. The staff even spoke some English for us which I thought was very nice! We got dive certified there start to finish and I can't say enough great things about Pete- the dive instructor. Pack your bags and relax- it's a dream spot.

Room Tip: Get a room on the Key! Taking the boat back in forth is part of the journey!
  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Karen W
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Reviewed 12 August 2014 via mobile

Have gone here for the past 4 years. Awesome place with a great staff!! Dive school and operation is fantastic. Would highly recommend. Rooms are nice but are ready for a facelift but still one of favorite places to dive / visit!! Bring bug spray !!! The no seeums are very opportunistic pest.... Thumbs up for AKR!

Stayed: July 2014
2  Thank Lainee31
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