The Galleon Resort and Marina is a timeshare property, affiliated with RCI with a Gold Crown rating. Rentals are also available. We stayed in a two bedroom unit with friends that we enjoy traveling with. The unit was very roomy with full kitchen, eating area and full living room, along with a nice balcony overlooking the pool and water. The master bedroom is very large and comfortable, while the second bedroom is much smaller and quite basic. All in all, the unit is extremely comfortable with a number of amenities including a washer and dryer. The several story building has elevators with parking available underneath on ground level. The property is in good repair.
This resort is a rather laid back, low key, relaxing property. It has a pool, hot tub, Tiki bar/simple meals, with live entertainment (vocalist) in the evenings. The pool is very attractive, though it can get crowded. The property also has a very small beach on site, large enough for a few lounge chairs, but a beach none the less. The property offers two welcome barbecues a week with low cost burgers/chicken/hot dogs and raffles of services/discounts in the area. Attending is a good way to mix with fellow guests and share notes about restaurants, activities, etc. I found the staff at the reception desk to be extremely pleasant and a wealth of good suggestions regarding restaurants and activities. Elaine, the activities person and pool attendant is a real sweetheart. She gave us great suggestions regarding restaurants to try.
The absolute best feature of this property is location, location, location! One could not ask for more. It is located right on the marina with beautiful views from the sun bathing decks. One can watch the boat activity, fishing activity, water sports, bird life, etc. Very pleasing! From this property, one can walk everywhere. Located on the marina, it is adjacent to where the Harbor Walk begins with a multitude of restaurants, bars, entertainment, water sports, boat excursions, and shopping. It is also wonderful to walk this area in the morning for beautiful photography opportunities and to see all the activity begin.
Key West is a walking town. Get a perspective and a bit of knowledge by taking the Conch Train Tour upon arrival. It is well narrated and it will set you in the right direction for all of your walking excursions. Mallory Square, the gathering place from which to view sunsets and see street performers do their thing, is just a few blocks from the Galleon. The start of Duvall Street, known for shopping, restaurants, bars, and entertainment begins just one block from the Galleon. Many tourist attractions are just a few blocks away as well. When walking on the side streets, roosters, chickens, and cats are abundant. They add to the color and flair of Key West. The tropical gardens of the individual homes that one passes by are a lovely site.
Key West is filled with a great variety of restaurants in all price ranges. One just needs to walk and look at menus as one passes by. You can even get glimpses of diners and of food being served at the various outdoor sitting areas. The thought, “That looks good” might lead you in to sit down and place your order. Restaurants where we had a great meal: Abbondanza Italian Restaurant, Blue Heaven, Mangia, Mangia, Duffy’s Steak and Lobster House, and Fogarty’s.
There are several beaches in Key West, all man made. Port Zachary Taylor State Park has a nice beach where one can spend the day. Lounge chairs are available for rent. It is within walking distance from the Galleon - a longer walk, or a short cab drive. Higg’s Beach, Rest Beach, and Smather’s Beach are closer to the airport and a cab ride from the resort.
An enjoyable/educational activity to participate in while in Key West is kayaking through the mangrove creeks. We did the two hour guided tour for $35 through Lazy Dog Kayak Guides located at the Hurricane Hole marina. This is a very professional operation.
When arriving in Key West, one can fly into the Key West Airport or fly into Miami and rent a car in order to drive the Keys. Each has its appeal. Allow 4 hours for the drive from Miami to Key West. We have done both for variety. Driving offers a good perspective on how the Keys are situated.
We had a good week in Key West at the Galleon. The Galleon is a fine resort in a happy, colorful town.
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