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Jules Undersea Lodge

Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo

Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo

Jules Undersea Lodge  is by far the most unique place to stay in  Key Largo.  The lodge is actually underwater … no gimmicks here.   Your adventure starts when you scuba dive through a tropical mangrove habitat down 21 feet and approach the world’s only underwater hotel.  You will enter from an opening on the bottom, and quickly find that Jules Undersea Lodge is not short on creature comforts including a well stocked kitchen with refrigerator and microwave, hot showers, books, music and movies.  And of course there are cozy beds where you can relax and watch the sealife outside the large round windows.

Although the underwater hotel may sound like the latest tourist fun spot, Jules’ Undersea Lodge, actually began its existence as La Chalupa research laboratory, an underwater habitat used to explore the continental shelf off the coast of Puerto Rico. The authenticity of the underwater habitat is what really sets it apart from amusement parks and other similar attractions. The mangrove lagoon in which Jules’ is located is a natural nursery area for many reef fish. Tropical angelfish, parrotfish, barracuda, and snappers peek in the windows of the habitat, while anemones, sponges, oysters and feather duster worms seem to cover every inch of this underwater world. Guests of the Lodge explore their marine environment with scuba gear provided by Jules’ Undersea Lodge and are given an unlimited supply of tanks. Jules’ Undersea Lodge may have a comfortable futuristic decor, but its sense of history is inescapable. It is the first and only underwater hotel, but is also the first underwater research lab to have ever been made accessible to the average person.

The entire structure of Jules’ Undersea Lodge is underwater, sitting up on legs approximately five feet off the bottom of the protected lagoon. The Lodge is filled with compressed air, which prevents the water from rising and flooding the rooms. A five by seven foot “moon pool” entrance in the floor of the building makes entering the hotel much like surfacing through a small swimming pool. Divers find themselves in the wet room, the center of three compartments that make up the underwater living quarters. The wet room, as the name implies, is where divers leave their gear, enjoy a quick hot shower and towel-off before entering the rest of the living area. Designed for comfort, the air conditioned living space has two private bed rooms and a common room. The eight by twenty foot common room is a multi-purpose room providing the galley, dining and entertainment areas. Each of the bedrooms and the common room is equipped with telephone, intercom, VCR/DVD and the latest addition of the “i home”, so you can enjoy your own choice of music from home. But the main focus of attention in the lodge remains the big 42 inch round window that graces each room.

Jules Undersea Lodge Wedding Kiss

Jules Undersea Lodge Wedding Kiss

For couples looking for a truly different way to start their married life, Jules’ Undersea Lodge offers all of the romance and adventure of an underwater wedding combined with the comfort and convenience of a dry setting. Featured on “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous” and other major television programs worldwide, the hotel is the first and only in the world to offer weddings and honeymoons at five fathoms!

If you are looking for the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation, Jules Undersea Lodge is the place for you.   The lodge is located at Key Largo Undersea Park at mile marker 103.  Advance reservations are required.  More information can be found on the Jules Undersea Lodge website.