During the weekend of October 4, 2019, forty-three club members and their guests had a fabulous time at Hawks Cay Resort, Villas, and Marina located on Duck Key in the Middle Florida Keys. This 60-acre, tropical paradise is truly a unique resort with:
- Five Pools & Saltwater Lagoon
- Dolphin Connection™
- Beach Sunbathing alongside the Lagoon
- Award-Winning Calm Waters Spa
- Full-Service Marina with 85 Boat Slips
- Offshore & Inshore Fishing Charters
- Certified & Licensed Dive, Snuba™ & Snorkel Trips
- 8 Tennis Courts Fitness Center
- Water Sports, including Kiteboarding, Kayaking, & Parasailing
- Island Segway Tours
- Coral Cay Activities and Adventures
The weather was perfect, and we enjoyed a few planned group events as well as some impromptu events. On Friday we gathered at the Tiki Grill Bar for some libations followed by a beautiful sunset cruise. On Saturday we had a private group dinner at the Angler & Ale restaurant at the marina. The food, drinks, and service were excellent. We also had a few impromptu dinners in Marathon and meet-ups at the various resort venues.
Many thanks go to Rachelle Stone for doing the bulk of the coordinating with the resort.
Here are photos featuring a lot of smiling faces:
The Tiki Grill Bar was a frequent watering hole and we kicked off and closed the weekend event there.
After wetting our whistles at the Tiki Bar we went on a beautiful sunset cruise. Guess What? They served more drinks. ;-)
On Saturday, everyone was free to explore the resort. That evening we had a private group dinner at the Angler & Ale Restaurant. More than 30 members and their guests attended.
Here's a photo of the ride back to the resort from the Angler & Ale.
Hawks Cay Resort is the only hotel or resort in the mainland United States that offers their guests the opportunity of dolphin viewing and interaction on site. Several of our group participated in the Dolphin Connection experience. These photos are of club members Erol, Sandy and Ken.
The dolphin in the following photo is 45 years old and is retired from the Navy.
Here's a nearby spectator.
Some of us spent some time at the Tranquility Pool for adults (MATURITY OPTIONAL).
One of the local residents stalking lunch.
Sunday morning some of us did an impromptu breakfast in Marathon at the Island Fish Company right on the water. Great food!
Sunday evening some of us did an impromptu dinner at the Key Colony Inn in Marathon. Great food!
A great time was had by all and we will seriously consider a repeat event next year.
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