The Pelican - Kay Largo Cottages on the Bay

About The Pelican

We welcome you to experience the real Florida Keys. Our vacation cottages are ideally located in Key Largo directly on the Bay--approximately one hour from Miami International Airport and two hours from Key West.
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All 23 of The Pelican's clean and quiet cottages are the perfect place for relaxing and enjoying all that the Florida Keys has to offer. From experiencing the unique, laid-back atmosphere, to trying your hand at world-class sportfishing, diving and snorkeling , you are sure to find an activity that suits your tastes. And if that sounds too active, head to our bayfront beach, where you can enjoy glorious sunsets, gentle breezes, a nap in a hammock or watch manatees and dolphins and play.

Are you a boater? The Pelican is located directly on the Florida Bay, and offers an accessible boat ramp and two docks, allowing you to pull your boat right up to a wonderful stay. And it's just a short cruise out to the Bay or Ocean for fishing, diving or snorkeling!

Still worried you might get bored? Situated in the heart of Key Largo, it's an easy walk from The Pelican to many Key Largo attractions, shops, restaurants, and nightlife hotspots.
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...may The Pelican be home to one of your most enjoyable and memorable vacations yet! Whether you're looking for a quick tropical escape to relax, or a longer island adventure, The Pelican's cottages can ideally accommodate your needs! Stay a day or a week or more... our home is yours. Need more incentive?

All of our cottages, suites and rooms are equipped with cable television, refrigerators, air-conditioning, private bathrooms and tiled floors. Most have DVD players, and a coin washer and dryer is available for your convenience. Along with The Pelican's other amenities and services, your reservation includes a daily continental breakfast each morning from 7:30 - 9:30am. Please join us!

Looking to lodge a larger party, or guarantee your sunset view? Make sure to view our Room Locations Map (PDF) while planning your next island event; a party area is even available for reservation at a nominal fee.

Interested in throwing your own events at The Pelican? Our party area is available for reservation at a nominal fee, and is a delightful location of group events, weddings and more! Just contact us directly for more information.


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The moment you leave the mainland and cross into Key Largo, you'll want to kick off your shoes and put your bathing suit on and that's just the perfect attire, because Key Largo is the Diving Capital of the World. America's most dazzling underwater parks and reefs are waiting for you here. From John Pennekamp State Park and the National Marine Sanctuary, to the crystal clear waters of Molasses Reef and the underwater caves of the French Reef. You can also explore the 510' U.S.S. Spiegel Grove, which is the largest wreck ever in divable U.S. waters. And if you want to take a break from diving, we've got great, world-class offshore and backcountry fishing here too.

But there's plenty more to do onshore like a family outing to Harry Harris Park or the Jacobs Aquatic Center. A visit to Dolphins Plus or Dolphin Cove where you can actually go swimming with these friendly and highly intelligent mammals or breathtaking ventures into the Everglades, which just happens to be in our backyard.

There are also nearby towns just waiting to be discovered:

The Pelican proudly offers front desk assistance to our guests. Information on local attractions, boating, dining, tours, fishing, shopping, snorkel and diving times are just a few of the services we are happy to provide.

Allow our Front Desk staff to help with those details that will make your vacation a special and memorable one... remember, we are here for you!


The Florida Keys

Discovered by Ponce De Leon on May 12, 1513, the Florida Keys proper are an elongated, arcuate chain of low-lying islands over 220 miles in length. They extend from the southeastern tip of the Florida peninsula to the Dry Tortugas and lie between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The Keys are separated from the mainland by Biscayne Bay, Barnes Sound, Blackwater Sound and Florida Bay. Monroe County is made up of 822 islands, although only about 30 of them are actually inhabited. The western half or Everglades National Park and the southern tip of Big Cypress National Preserve are largely uninhabited. The highest point in the Keys, only 18 feet above sea level, lies on Windley Key. The Keys are islands of rock, therefore sandy beaches are not common and are mostly restricted to the Atlantic side of the larger islands.

The Florida Keys are built on top of the submerged foothills of the very old Appalachian mountains. A two-mile thick layer of limestone lies on top of these foothills, covered in the upper keys by the skeleton of an ancient coral reef, and in the lower keys by a naturally cemented limestone rock called Miami Oolite. The Keys contain the only living coral reef in the continental US; a true treat for divers and no point in the Keys is more than four miles from water.

About 70 miles (110 km) west of Key West is Dry Tortugas National Park, one of the most isolated and therefore well preserved in the world. The name derives from the fact that the small hump-shaped islands look like dry tortoise (tortuga in Spanish) shells from a distance.

The Keys are in the subtropics between 24 and 25 degrees north latitude. The climate and environment are closer to that of the Caribbean than South Florida, though unlike the Caribbean's volcanic islands, the Keys were built by plants and animals. The climate is subtropical and the Keys are the only frost-free place in Florida.

Many plants grow slowly or go dormant in the dry season. Some native trees are deciduous, and drop their leaves in the winter or with spring winds.

The Keys have distinctive plant and animal species, some found nowhere else in America, as the Keys define the northern extent of their ranges. The climate also allows many imported plants to thrive. Nearly any houseplant known to commerce, and most landscape plants of the South, can thrive in the Keys climate. Some exotic species, which arrived as landscape plants now invade and threaten natural areas. Some plants that seem to define the Keys are not native, including coconut palm, bougainvillea, hibiscus, and papaya.

The well-known and very sour Key Lime (or Mexican Lime) is a naturalized species, apparently introduced from the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico, where it had been previously introduced from Malaysia by Spanish explorers. The tree grows vigorously and has thorns, and produces golf-ball-size yellow fruit, which is particularly acidic (even in highly alkaline coral sand soil) and uniquely fragrant. Naturally, Key Lime pie was invented here.


Contact Us

99340 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
Phone: (305) 451-3576
Fax: (305) 451-4407
Toll Free: (877) 451-3576

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