Sail on sailors.

Nothing warms the heart like the sight of a skiff full of Outward Bound kids enjoying Everglades’ National Park.

This shallow draft vessel is loaded to the gunnels with passengers as it slides across the sandy shoals off Whaleback Key near Key Largo. Much of Florida Bay’s waters are in the three to five foot range which necessitates the use of shoal draft sailboats or kayaks.

We encountered this scurvy crew on a recent Everglades’ Eco Tour at Azul del Mar.

Ahoy mateys!

And Baby Makes Three…


OK so we can’t take credit for everything in this world… but a little help goes a long way!

When Chris Teasdale and his girlfriend Lauren stayed at Azul del Mar he asked if we would discreetly film his proposal to her.

And here’s the result (minus a few steps along the way) – this beautiful bundle of joy!

Named Xanthe Largo, at eight months she’s the happiest little pink thing we ever saw. And while bringing kids to Azul del Mar will get you sidelined, a flying visit never hurts.

Welcome to the world baby Xanthe. You are absolutely lovely!

In The Beginning…

Azul del Mar won the inaugural Trip Advisor Traveler’s Choice “Best Hidden Gem USA” Award back in 2006.

Since that time we’ve been awarded TA’s Certificate of Excellence every year, Hall of Fame 2011,12,13,14 & 2015 & we are pleased to announce once again in 2017 we received their Certificate of Excellence Award.

Thank you to you – the reviewers. We couldn’t do it without you!