A Port in any Storm-or on a Perfect Day! January 11, 2013
It's been a bit breezy this week, and boaters passing by have used that as great excuse to duck in to Hawks Cay Marina. What could be better when you’re beating your way through the chop than stopping for some rejuvenation at our beautiful Resort Marina? You can head to Calm Waters Spa to indulge in a post-cruising massage, you can loll by our many pools, one of which caters to adults in a quite zone (aahh! perfection in a peaceful setting!) You can enjoy a wide variety of dining options from Tio's Cantina dockside to our Latin Cuisine Restaurant Alma. Or try the newest addition to our culinary family, Ocean, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner. And by the time you have relaxed for a day or two, you’ll want to stay longer to partake in our many Water Sports or our Dolphin or Tennis programs. So give yourself a treat and cruise into the best port in choppy waves or smooth seas! Visit us at Hawks Cay Marina.
JANUARY FISHING REPORT BY MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHELDON SUGA January 2, 2013
Happy New Year, anglers! There’s no better way to kick off 2013 than to spend a day fishing in the Florida Keys.
Inshore, January is a great month to fish the waters of Florida Bay and the
Florida Keys backcountry. Both areas offer plenty of action and can provide comfortable fishing conditions if the brisk winds of January blow through the islands. In the Bay, it’s a great time to target snapper, cobia, grouper, kingfish, and Spanish mackerel. There’s always something biting, and you shouldn’t have to wait long for your rod to bend.
Further out, in the protected waters of the Everglades backcountry, you can find a variety of species hungry for a bait or fly. Sea trout, redfish, snook, jack crevalles, sharks, and even smaller tarpon can be caught in good numbers all January. Stop down at the dock and let one of Hawks Cay’s world-class inshore guides introduce you to the amazing fishery and scenery of Everglades National Park.
On the Atlantic side, January is a prime month for sailfishing! As temperatures cool more and more, sailfish will push into the Middle Keys, giving you a shot at catching one of these hard-fighting and truly incredible billfish. Best of all, sailfish can be caught just a few miles from the Hawks Cay docks. You’ll have time to try and hook a sail, and then spend a couple of hours on the reef catching delicious snapper for dinner. Stop by the Dock Office inside the Dockside Store or call ext. 1921 to book your fishing adventure.
Tight lines, and great fishing in 2013!
TAKE 13-Your Key to 2013 Dockage Savings! December 31, 2012
If your New Years Resolutions include having more fun and treating yourself special, we have a deal for you. Make plans to cruise into Paradise at the best Resort Marina in the Middle Florida Keys between January 1 and December 23, 2013 and receive a **13% discount off published Daily or Weekly Dockage rates in our Main Marina. To qualify, you must confirm your reservations with a deposit by January 31, 2013 and ask for the Take 13 Special. (**This discount can be combined with our standard Boat/US, Marinalife, or AGLCA discounts for Daily or Weekly rates.)
Cruise in for New Years with a Blast! December 27, 2012
Looking for the best place to Welcome the New Year? Cruise into the Hawks Cay Resort and Marina where Fireworks, Live Music, and Great Food ring in 2013. Spend your stay relaxing by the Pools or luxuriating in Calm Waters Spa, or partaking in everything from Jet Lev, Kiteboarding, Scuba, Snuba, and Snorkeling to Offshore and Backcountry Fishing. Recover from your New Years Eve festivities by extending your stay into January and taking advantage of our TAKE 13 dockage special with a 13% discount on main marina rates beginning January 1, 2013.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas December 21, 2012
Hawks Cay Marina Welcomes transient and longterm boaters already arriving to spend the Holidays with us! If you forgot to ask Santa for a slip at Hawks Cay for the Holidays, give us a call. The Elves saved a few slips for last minute reservations at the Best Resort Marina in the Middle Florida Keys-the one where you can do it all or nothing at all! Enjoy 5 pools including our Tranquility Adult Pool and our Pirate Ship Kids pool. Try Tio's Cantina or our newest culinary addition Oceans in addition to Alma, the Beach Grill, Tiki Bar and Indies Grill. Thrill to the Jet Lev Experience, try Snuba, Scuba, Snorkeling, Parasailing or Kiteboarding. Recover from the excitement at Calm Waters Spa or simply dream away the hours poolside. Hawks Cay Resort and Marina is truly the only Key you need.
Ask Santa To Send You To Hawks Cay Marina December 15, 2012
The Elves have arranged to keep a few choice slips available so Santa can grant some last minute wishes to deserving boaters, so if you’ve been very good this year, ask Santa for the best gift of all-the Holiday at Hawks Cay Marina! Escape the cold and cruise in to Paradise where you can thrill to anything from Jetlev to Snorkeling, Scuba or Snuba to Kiteboarding, Fishing for dinner (try having your catch cooked at our restaurants!) or Angling to release that Trophy Sailfish or Permit you’ve always dreamed of. Or you can indulge in recovery from pre-Holiday stress with a day at Calm Water Spa or simply lounging poolside. (If you’ve been very bad, Santa says you can substitute a block of Chum for the traditional lump of coal and start your recovery so that 2013 finds you on the good boaters list!)
DECEMBER FISHING REPORT BY MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHELDON SUGA December 5, 2012
For you anglers, December marks the beginning of our wintertime fishing season. This is an excellent month to head offshore in search of hard-fighting pelagic fish including wahoo, sailfish, tuna, and one of my favorite species to catch, sailfish! Just hook up with one of our professional captains down at Hawks Cay Marina, and they’ll help you hook into a fish of a lifetime!
Inshore, December still offers a chance at bonefish and permit on the flats (weather permitting), as well as exciting fly and light tackle action for big barracudas. In the backcountry, expect a good bite of snook, speckled trout, and redfish, with a shot at tarpon as well. Don’t forget that December is also the last month to keep grouper until the spring! Ask you captain about fishing the reef for delicious grouper and snapper.
For you thrill seekers, December can be windy at times, making it an ideal month for kiteboarding. Hook up with oTHErside board sports and they’ll get you set up with all of the instructions and gear you’ll need. Also be sure to check out oTHErside’s Cable Park on Grassy Key, where overhead towing devices pull you across the calm and protected waters. Wakeboard, waterski, or kneeboard!
Tight lines and good fishing… Sheldon
Cruisin’ Critters Lead Their Owners to Festive Winnings December 2, 2012
The Winners of the Décor Contest in our 1st Annual Christmas in the Keys Boat Parade proved that Dogs are not only man’s best friend, but perhaps the way to judge’s hearts too. Chowda Rust and his human buddies on Saltwater Experience and Lulu Malone with Conner and the rest of the family on Tarpon Time were co-winners, with each boat receiving a gift certificate to Tio’s Cantina. A HUGE THANK goes out to all who participated, includiing Coast Guard Marathon, in this festive event setting the bar for many years of on-the-water holiday revelry to come. See you in 2013!
Take a Bite Out of Your Holiday Preparation November 28, 2012
Come celebrate Christmas in the Keys this weekend at Hawks Cay Marina and take care of your gift buying. Vendors offer unique items on the event grounds and our dockside store stands ready to help you round out your purchases. If you boat in displaying holiday flair you can take part in our Saturday night Boat Parade and Decor Contest and have a chance at winning a fifty dollar gift certificate for use at any Hawks Cay Outlet, and we will give you a 15 percent dockage discount. The Holiday Spirit is here waiting for you!
Deck the Decks, FA LA LA LA LA! November 24, 2012
It’s that time of year again when Santa starts his pre-Christmas Warm up in the Florida Keys. Join us to kick off the season November 30 through December 2. Decorate your boat and we will give you your first holiday gift-dockage at 2.55/foot plus resort fee and tax! Join our boat parade for a short scenic trip down our main canal on Saturday December 1 and qualify for Best Holiday Boat prize of a 50 dollar gift certificate usable anywhere on our tropical resort property. Check out our website for details on local vendors, food and activities during Christmas in the Keys! Cruise into Santa's Secret Hideout-Hawks Cay Marina.
Thank You for Sharing Your Holiday With Us! November 22, 2012
The Staff of Hawks Cay Marina thanks all of our boating friends who are sharing their holiday with us. From early runners in our Relay for Life Turkey Trot to late diners indulging in our Buffet or enjoying dinners at Alma or Tio's, from anglers on our Reef and Backcountry charters today to relaxers Poolside and in the Spa, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. And we look forward to sharing our wide variety of activities with you for the rest of the weekend.
Be Thankful With Us November 17, 2012
Join us for a beautiful tropical Thanksgiving at the premier Resort Marina in the Middle Florida Keys. Cruise in to days filled with every adventure to thrill you from Jet-leving to Snorkeling, Scuba to Fishing, Kitebording to Snuba. Or perhaps you dream of lolling away the hours in Calm Waters Spa or poolside. You can even work off your Holiday Fare by joining our Relay for Life Turkey Trot Thanksgiving morning. Pre-burn your calories for a good cause! However you imagine your holiday, you can still join us at Hawks Cay Marina-now that's something to be thankful for!
Weather is Beautiful, Don’t You Wish You Were Here? November 13, 2012
How’s the weather where you are? What does it look like for winter? You could be enjoying highs in the low 80’s, sunshine and beautiful clear blue waters. Gorgeous sunrises from the flats bordering our breakwater, spectacular sunsets beyond our sunset villas and a day of relaxation by the pools or at the Calm Waters Spa or a day filled with adventure by land or sea in between! Compare the options and set your course for Hawks Cay Resort and Marina, the only key you’ll need.
Fall and Winter Season Boats Arrive November 11, 2012
Our Fall and Winter Seasonal Boaters are returning to their favorite Resort Marina in the Middle Florida Keys. We are thrilled to see old friends like Seabird Marine and the Waterbender returning and we welcome new members to our boating family. It's not too late to join them. Contact us to book your Winter monthly or seasonal stay at Hawks Cay Marina where you can do everything, or do nothing at all. We truly are the Only Key You Need.
NOVEMBER FISHING REPORT BY MANAGING DIRECTOR, SHELDON SUGA October 31, 2012
November is the month when many of our wintertime pelagic (migratory) fish start showing up in the Florida Keys as water temperatures cool. These include kingfish, wahoo, tuna, and one of the Florida Keys’ most popular species… sailfish! All of which can be caught just beyond the reef and within a short boat ride from the Hawks Cay Marina docks.
That’s just one of the great things about fishing in the Florida Keys. You don’t have to spend valuable fishing time running to and from your spots. In just minutes you can be anchored on the reef catching snapper and grouper (which November is historically excellent for); hunting bonefish, tarpon, redfish, and permit on the flats and in the backcountry; and offshore battling those hard-fighting pelagics.
In addition to the excellent fishing, November also provides thrill seekers with a few windy days to get out and kiteboard! Hawks Cay is the proud new home of Otherside Boardsports, the premier Florida Keys kiteboard instructors and gear rental providers. Not quite ready to try kiteboarding? Head down the road to the Otherside’s Cable Park, where you can zip across the calm waters of a protected lagoon as you’re pulled by an overhead towing cable. It’s a great place for beginners to get comfortable on a board, and for pros to hone their skills. To find out more about water adventures of all kinds, I always recommend heading down to the docks of Hawks Cay Marina and talking to the expert captains, dive masters, and dock team.
Tight lines and good fishing… Sheldon
Stranded in Paradise October 23, 2012
The winds are gusting a bit this week and we have had some boaters make the wise choice to stop rocking and rolling and pull into Hawks Cay Marina. Why not indulge in some quality pool time, a luxurious spa treatment, delicious meals, or Sundance Watersport's answer to bumpy sea conditions-a segway tour? A little wind can be a great excuse to get stranded in Hawks Cay Resort and Marina, the only key you'll need. You can also enjoy our Spooky Good Dockage Deal this week!
Egret Boats Visit Hawks Cay Marina October 19, 2012
Welcome to Egret Boats! We are pleased to host Egret Boat owners and to show off these beautiful flats skiffs in our marina. Weather is beautiful, so we look forward to great fishing reports over the next 3 days.
October Dockage Deal so good its Spooky! October 8, 2012
Witches Fly, the Great Pumpkin Rises, and Boaters Cruise-It must be October in the Florida Keys.Whether you’re traveling to and from the Ft Lauderdale Boat Show, cruising to Fantasea Fest, or just looking for the perfect place to experience the beauty of Fall from the water in the Florida Keys, Hawks Cay Marina offers you the finest Resort Marina in the Middle Keys at a rate so good it’s Spooky. Cruise into our Main Marina between October 15th and 31st, and we will give you 15% off of our Fall Value Daily or Weekly Dockage rates. That’s a nightly rate of 2.55 per foot plus resort fee and tax or a weekly rate of 12.75 per 7 night week plus resort fee and tax. Ask for the Spooky Good Dockage Special and take a heading to Hawks Cay Marina, the Only Key You’ll Need.
Off the Grid at Hawks Cay Marina October 8, 2012
Pershing Yacht Off the Grid graced Hawks Cay Marina with sleek modern style this past weekend, much to the delight of resort and marina guests. We look forward to the next visit from owner and crew of this special yacht.
Gone to the Dogs! October 6, 2012
Do you cruise with a Dog on Deck, a Cat in the Cockpit, a Bird on the Bow? Share your Cruisin' Critter shots with us and we will make your best friend famous. Check out our Cruisin Critters photos and be sure to email yours to email@example.com. Here's a hint for
Canine Cruisers: Our regulars will tell you to knock on the Dock Office window, or send your human boat-mates in to the office, and the staff will be happy to reward you for cruising in with Doggie Bones!