We woke up to a beautiful view of the Atlantic Ocean and enjoyed breakfast poolside. Then it was off to tour Hawk’s Cay (www.HawksCay.com). The great thing about this resort is that everything is located on property. We saw the marina, which houses fishing boats for charter and water sports such as kayaks, jet skis, parasailing and more. Also at the marina is a small grocery store and Tom’s Harbor House restaurant. The resort also boasts a lovely spa and fitness area, as well as a great kids recreational area. Our last stop was the on-site villas with 2-3 bedrooms that are perfect for a family or large group of guests who don’t mind staying together (hello Girls Getaways).
After a quick bite for lunch at the poolside bar (I ate the Chicken Caesar Salad two days in a row…so good), we walked to the on-site Dolphin Connection for our Dolphin Discovery Program. Hawks Cay is one of the only resorts in the continental U.S. to have an on-site dolphin training facility that guests can participate in. After squeezing into our wetsuits (which was entertaining), we got an overview of what we were going to do that day (keep hands on vests). Our trainer, Jeff, introduced us to all of the dolphins (Hastings, Lucky, Bolla, Sebastian) and we danced, sang, hugged and kissed them for one amazing experience!
To continue with our adventurous day, we decided it was time to try some parasailing. After a brief overview from Freddie, Grace and I were harnessed into our gear and up, up and away we went. It was much more calm and peaceful in the air than either one of us expected, and Grace pointed out that, from the air, Duck Key really does look like a duck. After about a 15-minute ride, they reeled us in and back into the boat. Hmmm…I wonder if I am now ready for skydiving??? Anyone???
Dinner that evening was at Tom’s Harbor House where we ate some awesome fish dishes of snapper, grouper and mahi mahi. As we were about to leave, we saw David Hope playing the guitar inside the bar area. Ah ha! We found our karaoke (well, sort of). With Karen channeling Janis Joplin, Grace on the tambourine, Elvis on the harmonica and Georgette and I as back-up singers/dancers, we were a force to be reckoned with! Thanks to David’s gracious sharing of the stage, Elvis and the Bichons were born and will forever remain icons at Hawk’s Cay.