Ocean lovers have a variety of unusual overnight accommodations to choose from. There are countless American light houses that allow visitors to spend the night such as the “Saugerties Lighthouse” in Saugerties, New York and the “New Dungeness Lighthouse” in Sequim, Washington.
But perhaps what is the most interesting, at least to me, are the overnight accommodations provided by the “Jules Undersea Lodge” in Key Largo, Florida.
What follows is a brief description of the “Jules Undersea Lodge” and what visitors to its’ watery depths can expect.
Jules Undersea Lodge
The “Jules Undersea Lodge” started out in life as the “La Chalupa Research Lab.”
The “La Chalupa Research Lab” was designed to house oceanographers who were conducting underwater research on the Continental Shelf just off the coast of Puerto Rico.
It was later converted into an undersea hotel that graciously entertains experienced scuba divers and novices alike.
Other than its former life as a research marine lab, one of the other unique things about the “Jules Undersea Lodge” is that in order to enter the hotel one must scuba dive 21 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. This little fact makes the “Jules Undersea Lodge” the only underwater hotel in the world.
Have no fear if you have never gone scuba diving before because the “Jules Undersea Lodge” staff will teach you how.
Once inside the lodge guests experience the thrill of watching marine life pass by them through 42 inch round windows places all around the lodge.
Just imagine what it would be like to be laying in bed and you decide to roll over and look out the window. When you do look out the window you find yourself face to face with a “sea turtle” or a “Manatee
The hotel is equipped with hot showers, comfortable beds and a kitchen complete with a refrigerator and microwave.
Food and beverages are brought down to you by scuba divers with the use of special water-tight containers.
These water-tight containers are also the same ones used to transport your personally belongings from the ocean’s surface and down to the lodge’s water depths.
Guests that grow tired of watching the marine life from the portals will be pleased to know that they can take both day and evening scuba dives through the tropical mangrove habitat that surrounds the lodge.
The “Jules Undersea Lodge” offers a variety of package rates throughout the year. Unfortunately even the package rates are a bit pricey.
Would-be visitors can expect to pay on average $500.00 per person per night to stay in the “Jules Undersea Lodge.”
It is imperative to note that because staying at the lodge involves scuba diving certain restrictions apply as to who the lodge can accommodate.
Jules Undersea Lodge
52 Shoreland Drive
Key Largo, Florida 33037
Those would-be water lovers who would like to learn more about spending the night at Key Largo, Florida’s “Jules Undersea Lodge” should log onto the hotel’s website.