51 Shoreland Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037
My rating : 4.5/5 – minor improvements could be made, but that doesn’t mean it’s not incredibly wonderful/weird
Cleanliness : 4/5 – again, it feels silly to even complain. It’s underwater, I’ll excuse a small amount of wear and tear.
Should you go : YES – unless you have a fear of sleeping underwater. Then maybe skip it, or do an afternoon dive just to check out the lodge!
Worth the money : TBH yes.
Average nightly cost : ~$800
Location : Key Largo, FL
Time of year to go : Summer
Recommended room or activity : The whole thing is an activity!
Bed bugs : None. Omg can you imagine though? lol
Their website : http://www.jul.com/
Jules. Undersea. Freakin’. Lodge.!!!!!! Like……..???? When we first discovered this was a thing, Corey and I laughed and laughed. Then he said “we obviously have to go” and I laughed even harder. This is just one of those weird, no-reason-to-do-it-no-reason-not-to hotels. It was an actual adventure, I’ll tell ya that. Booking is a little weird because you have to do it over the phone so you can’t always see in real-time what days are available, which can make it a little stressful, but thankfully we were able to work it out and they were super helpful.
First of all, know that you have to do a crash-course on scuba diving if you’re not certified (we definitely weren’t) and it’s a little scary to try and learn so much in such a short amount of time but like you better remember this stuff or you’ll be in danger. Our instructor was a little intimidating and could have been a little friendlier so we weren’t so scared buuuut what can I say, these places are full of characters that make the experience wild, so we’ll take it. We did the training and they brought our small overnight bag down for us in a water-proof container. The scuba diving was actually SO fun. It was a magical experience I certainly hope to do again in my lifetime. The swim to get to the hotel is about 30’ down and took maybe 10 minutes cuz we went slow and did some sight seeing along the way. The actual lodge is pretty nice too! It was cozy enough and the snacks were plentiful so we didn’t go hungry. They even left us flowers in the kitchen because it was our anniversary trip! They delivered us pizza for dinner (yes, you can even get pizza delivered underwater) and it was pretty dang good. They also had a bunch of underwater-themed movies down there which was a nice touch!
All in all, it’s not some spectacular room. The view is…water. With an occasional fish or two swimming by. But you’re not going to be starring at mermaids or sharks all day in there. Having said that, it’s the experience you go for and an experience they GIVE you. Like…sleeping underwater is no joke. Who cares if 30’ doesn’t feel deep. When you can’t sleep in the middle of the night and feel a little claustrophobic, 30’ might as well have been 300’…doesn’t matter. It’s cool. It’s wild. It’s really livin’!
The next morning our instructor came to get us and we swam back to the surface together. We did a little more exploring on the way up so we saw more fish and crabs and around the lagoon. It was an intense experience that I surprisingly WOULD do again, even though it was a weird night. The only thing I would ask for next time is a chance to get a photo of us (or one of us) through the window down there. For $800+ per night, it’s the least they could do 😉
Again, this is the type of thing I love for the sheer experience of something so different. If you’re going to go on this and complain that the pizza wasn’t hot enough…get out of here. Just go. You’re missing the point.
For those of you who don’t want to sleep down here but still want a chance to check it out, you’re in luck! They offer afternoon dives where you can even get a pizza lunch down there. Not a bad deal, but if you’re itching for adventure, take the overnight for sure.
Click here to watch the Instagram Highlight Story : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ulu4V5sm3c8&t=27s