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Hawks Cay Resort, located in Duck Key, Florida, is a luxurious oceanfront location with a wide selection of spaces for a romantic waterfront wedding in the Florida Keys. This venue offers all the amenities of a modern resort, including spa services, along with rustic beach locations for romantic ceremonies. Indoor, outdoor and indoor-outdoor spaces are available to choose from for ceremonies and receptions.
Oceanfront gazebo. The Oceanfront gazebo is a romantic waterfront location with a gazebo available for the ceremony. This space is suitable for up to 250 guests.
Sunset lawn. The Sunset lawn has palm trees and an oceanfront view for outdoor ceremonies with a tropical feel. This outdoor space is suitable for up to 150 guests.
Sunset Beach. Sunset Beach is a rustic location on a sandy beach overlooking Duck Bay. This intimate site accommodates up to 30 guests.
Coral Cay pool. Coral Cay pool has scenic banyan trees and a paved deck for outdoor receptions. This site is suitable for up to 200 guests.
Beach grill. The Beach grill is an open air location with palm trees, twinkle lighting and a fire pit. The site accommodates up to 60 guests.
Landings. The Landings offer a backdrop of palm trees with an oceanfront view. This location is suitable for up to 60 guests at an outdoor reception.
Dolphin deck. For a view of bottle-nose dolphins playing in the ocean, the Dolphin deck is an option for ceremonies and receptions. This site provides accommodations for up to 120 guests at ceremonies or 60 seated guests at a reception.
Ocean. Ocean is an open, airy indoor space with indoor and outdoor seating. This location is suitable for up to 80 guests.
Dolphin ballroom. The Dolphin ballroom offers a dance floor and space for a live band or DJ. This indoor site provides accommodations for up to 300 guests.
Overseas ballroom. The Overseas ballroom is an indoor location with waterfront views. This 6,000-square-foot space is suitable for up to 350 guests at a seated reception.
Blue Catamaran. The Blue Catamaran is a boat that is available for ceremonies and receptions on the ocean. The Blue Catamaran is suitable for up to 75 guests.
What You Should Know
A signed contract and deposit are required to make reservations at Hawks Cay Resort and a valid credit card must remain on file to hold the reservation. Final head count is due 21 days before the event date and final payments are due 14 days before the event. Menus must be confirmed 30 days before the event date.
Site fees include chairs, tables, linens, a standard place setting for each guest and on-site food and beverage staff throughout the event. A minimum food and beverage charge applies to all events with the minimum amount based on the exact date of the wedding. Menu tastings are available and catering is available on-site.
Several wedding packages are available, including packages for intimate weddings. The Island Wedding Package includes a choice of plated or buffet-style dinners with a four-hour open bar. For intimate events of two to 30 guests, wedding packages include a wedding cake, boutonnieres for the groom and an officiate for the ceremony.
Photography services are also provides with the purchase of select intimate wedding packages. All flowers and wedding cake are chosen by the on-site wedding coordinator for those who choose an intimate wedding package.
Hawks Cay Resort is a picturesque venue with many options for a romantic beach or waterfront wedding. Benefits of choosing this location include:
- Valet services complimentary for overnight guests
- Innovative options available for intimate events, including casual poolside ceremonies and receptions
- Choose from suites, villas and resort rooms for overnight stays
From the Vendor
The island wedding you've always imagined
From intimate weddings on Sunset Beach with a conch shell-lined aisle to unique ceremonies on the large outdoor deck alongside frolicking dolphins, Hawks Cay's experienced wedding specialists ensure the wedding of your dreams at this 40-acre island resort.
Amenities + Details
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$$$ – Moderate
Ballroom, Waterfront, Cruise, Hotel, Restaurant, Tented
Bar + Drinks, Cakes + Desserts, Destination Wedding Packages, Destination Wedding Planning, Destination Weddings, Food + Catering, Planning, Rentals + Equipment, Service Staff, Shuttle Service, Transportation
I had an amazing wedding at Hawks Cay. I live nearby so it was not a destination wedding but it felt like one. My guests loved the resort. The options between hotel rooms and villas suited the needs of out of town guests. We were able to have intimate gatherings before and after the wedding at a villa rented by my in-laws. I booked a junior suit at the resort so that my bridesmaids and I were able to get ready with the hair and makeup. The ballroom was beautifully decorated. The cocktail hour overlooking the dolphins was perfect. The staff was attentive. The food was delicious. We were able to have the rehearsal dinner at Angler & Ale. The whole experience was amazing. I would highly recommend Hawks Cay.
Ever since my first visit to Hawks Cay Resort, I knew I wanted to someday be married there. At that time, as a single woman, it was just a dream. After meeting my now husband, I took him to Hawks Cay on one of our first trips out of town. He, of course, loved it! After he proposed, I got to work planning the wedding right away. The entire planning experience was very pleasant; from the wedding coordinators to the food tasting to the decision making of different venues for the wedding and ceremony, the wedding coordinators walked with me every single step of the way. Even when I called them with the smallest of decisions that were causing me stress, they were amazing. They guided me, listened to me, helped me and sometimes when I needed it most, led me. The day of the event was even more beautiful and magical than I could have ever imagined. It was definitely fairy-tale beautiful. I wouldn't have changed one single detail about the entire weekend. My husband and I are older and have young adult children but realized the significance of blending our families ceremoniously at our wedding. We had a beautiful wedding ceremony at the gazebo that included a sand blending ceremony for our family. That day in June was beyond gorgeous, and everything from the venues, to the music, to the flowers, to the appetizers, to the buffet items and the details of the reception were all my choice. There was no weird pressure to force us into certain choices. We were able to make our wedding exactly like we wanted it. We had our sunset rehearsal dinner on the Catamaran 'Blue' on Friday night where everyone who attended the wedding was present. Saturday at sunset was the wedding at the gazebo, followed by appetizers and drinks on the lawn, and a full buffet and reception in the Dolphin ballroom. The food was so delicious and our guests laughed and smiled and danced and had the time of their lives. My husband and I still have constant reminders of how epic our entire wedding weekend was when we routinely hear, "Your Wedding was the best wedding I have ever attended, Bar none!" My only regret is that I only get to do it once in my lifetime, but what a perfect wedding weekend it was! I strongly recommend Hawks Cay as your wedding venue. If I could pick anywhere in the entire world to be married, I'd pick Hawks Cay every single time! Thank you, Hawks Cay! We can't wait to visit again and be reminded every single time of where we began our "Happily Ever After."
The management and staff (Brennen, Jennifer, Sheldon and many others) went above and beyond when helping us create a dream destination wedding for our daughter. From the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony to the reception everything was perfect. All our guests had such a great time and said they could not wait to return! Most of our guests said that this was the best wedding they had ever attended. Absolutely every aspect of our daughters wedding weekend was picture perfect! The accommodations and the surrounding grounds were tropical and gorgeous!! Our guests checked in and never had to leave the resort, everything you want or need is provided by Hawks Cay. We could not be happier about our decision to have our daughters picture perfect wedding at Hawk's Cay! I would defiantly recommend Hawks Cay resort as your future wedding venue. The food, the service, the decor all was done with expertise. Hawks Cay has everything a destination bride could want-- gorgeous views, a friendly and professional staff, and a memory that will last a lifetime.
We couldn't be happier that we had our wedding at Hawks Cay! All our guests were amazed at how beautiful the resort was, and continually complimented the food and service. Ghislaine gave us our initial tour of the venue - she spent about 2 hours showing us around even though we showed up at the last minute! We worked with Brennan (catering manager) for all the details of the wedding weekend, and I cannot say enough nice things about her! We honestly could not have pulled it off without her patience, attention to detail, and positive attitude. Our photographer, videographer, and day of coordinator all told us it was one of the most unique and fun weddings they've ever been to - thanks in large part to Hawks Cay and their amazing staff :)
My wedding experience was marvelous . Thank you so much to weeding's planner team for all support and made our ceremony and reception unforgettable. Every thing was in the right place, the ceremony was amazing and then the reception the best part of the event. The menu spectacular . Hawks Cay resort, best place ever.
The staff at Hawks Cay made our wedding day a dream come true. Despite the looming of hurricane Matthew and the cancellation of many of my guests, the team managed to change plans last minute and allowed us to have the most amazing wedding weekend with our friends and family. The food was incredible, the service was unparalleled and the attention to every detail made it all perfect. Through it all, everyone understood how important the day was for us and every person showed genuine care for our experience and that of our guests. I would gladly recommend Hawks Cay to anyone looking for a fun-filled, family friendly and high quality wedding venue and vacation spot.
The venue, the staff, the entire event was five star.
Why We Chose Hawks Cay: In the early stages of planning, the staff, the location options, and the array of activities for adults and families was incredible. It was within budget, they had great food, and an approachable vibe framed in striking island beauty. However, our Northeastern minds operate at a level that differs from "Island Time." There were a handful of moments as people arrived, on the big day, and after the wedding that left a lingering sourness. I attribute most of this to the high amount of turnover in the staff. The woman we met with originally left shortly after we signed our contract, and then our point person changed THREE more times. We stuck it out, but for all the crap we dealt with the week of our wedding, I wonder if we would have been better off changing venues. Speaking with other brides, Murphy's Law is true. Things will inevitably go wrong. We just have high expectations when dropping thousands of dollars on one day and would like to think that the basics of organization and management are met with flying colors. Bottom line: We made it work. We fought for adjustments to balance out the pricing mishaps and took matters into our own hands where necessary. We joined forces with our bridal party members to make sure the guests had a great time, and by all accounts, this goal was achieved and then some. Finally, when I look at our wedding photos, I don't see the stress we held those few days, I see beautiful scenery and people enjoying themselves. This is what truly matters.
Dream Wedding Venue!Reviewed on 9/03/2015 Bruna W
When my now husband and I took a trip to Hawks Cay Resort last year we knew then that would be our future wedding venue! The whole resort is beautiful, staff is very friendly and they have a great set up for both ceremonies and receptions. When we got engaged we didn’t even look at any other places, we know that was the perfect venue! We got married this past Memorial Weekend and we are so happy we chose to have it at Hawks Cay. Most of our guest came from far away, so they loved being to stay there and enjoy all of the amenities the resort offers. We had our wedding ceremony at the gazebo, it has an amazing view of the ocean, but is still in a grassed area, which was perfect as I and my bridesmaids were heels. The reception was at the Indies pool, which we loved so much!!! It is very private and has a very tropical feeling with all the trees and the bright blue pool centered. Our wedding weekend was perfect, and we have to say that most of its perfection was due to this amazing and pleasurable location, as well as Hawks Cay’s wonderful staff who was always so helpful through the whole planning process.
Do not booking your wedding here!Reviewed on 1/28/2015 Stella M
If you are thinking about having a wedding at Hawks Cay forget about it. One an half week before our wedding we were told the space was not finished with a renovation by a third party vendor! Ruined my vision! How is it you (Hawks Cay) did not communicate this! The options they gave us were very sub par. If they would have informed us that this might have been an issue we would have booked another venue. They breached our contract and disappointed us with the lack of communication and While not offerring any compensation for our troubles. Upon checking in not one employee assisted us! Too busy chatting. The lack of assistance and the employees do not care! Unhappy employees make for a miserable vacation for your guests! The villa we had was filthy and the bathroom sink practically fell on me! Our guests had issues with their accommadations too: bugs in the villa (EWWW!!!), Internet service, TVs and in house phones never worked! It was so disappointing and embarrassing as we chose this resort and for our guests to run into issues and dirty rooms! Never did we feel like it was our wedding. I've been to many weddings and destination weddings and have seen staff going out of their way to make the couple and their guests feel special. Never had that. We checked out early and stayed at a different hotel and finally for the first time we felt like we were celebrating our wedding. They made us feel so special and wish had our wedding at this other place. It was so disappointing to face these issues. We did have a great bartender Kevin at our wedding. He was awesome! Andrea who serviced us at the pool was great too! That is all the positive I can say. It could be a great resort if they get their act together but for now I woyld not book your wedding here!
HoneymoonReviewed on 1/03/2015 Hannah B
The Keys are beautiful! Literally the Bahamas in the US. Hawks Cay was beautiful and clean and very accommodating.
ExcellentReviewed on 6/09/2014 Angela N
I couldn't have asked for better people to help me with the wedding. They answered all my questions and took care of everything after I made the decisions. It was fantastic. So stress free.
Everything we dreamed of and more!Reviewed on 8/23/2013 Abbey C
Hawks Cay has everything a destination bride could want-- gorgeous views, a friendly and professional staff, and a great resort to entertain her guests. We have rented a house on Duck Key (where Hawks Cay is located) for the past three years, but our first real experience with Hawks Cay was the wedding. We couldn't be happier! Laurie and her team were responsive to my every question, and very flexible when it came to requests! We even had a few guests with severe food allergies, and they were very accommodating and worked with us in every way! During dinner, our Banquet Captain ensured that we had drinks in front of us at all times and that we were able to eat our food-- which was more than delicious! After the tasting, we had such a hard time narrowing down our choices for the food. They also made a signature drink in my one of my wedding colors, and it was so, so good! Although we may be a biased and think that everything was perfect, every one of our guests that we spoke to said that this was the best wedding they had attended. I would highly recommend them!
Beautiful Venue!!!Reviewed on 7/07/2013 Sarah P
We stumbled upon Hawks Cay Resort while looking for a wedding venue near Miami, FL. So happy we decided to go with this Resort!! Our guests are still raving about the experience and we could not have been happier with everything it offered us. Beautiful venue space! We used the Gazebo for our ceremony, the ballroom for our reception and the dolphin deck for our brunch the following day. This is a hotel/resort so they do have certain rules with weddings such as requiring a wedding planner. We booked Peggy Russell at Destination Wedding Studio per their recommendation and we were so amazed by everything! Everyone worked so hard and it showed because our day went by without any mistakes (Thanks Laurie and Jennifer!). The food was delicious, our guests had NO complaints. Overall, very responsive, nice and accommodating!! No regrets at all! If you are considering getting married in the Florida Keys definitely do it at Hawks Cay Resort!!
May WeddingReviewed on 6/17/2013 Jen N
I appreciate all the hard work that went into making our day possilble. However, I did not like the review of our billing, occuring after the wedding and getting billed an additional $2K. Completely, NOT PROFESSIONAL!
Resort venueReviewed on 5/12/2013 Meaghan D
Hawks Cay Resort was perfect for my wedding it satisfied all ages. From 3yrs-73yrs. The staff was amazing. The location of our Ceremony & reception was perfect & Private. Our Brunch the next morning on the dolphin deck was a great ending to a great weekend! We could not have been happier!
Our wedding at Hawk's Cay Resort was a dream!!Reviewed on 4/25/2013 Kaitlen R
Beautiful doesn't even come close to explaining Hawk's Cay Resort. We were lucky enough to spend a week here a month before our wedding & then the entire week of our wedding at Hawk's Cay. We had our rehearsal, our wedding ceremony & our wedding reception here. The entire staff knew we were the bride & groom, & were there to make our experience an amazing one & they sure did! Everyone of the staff would bend over backwards for us if they needed to, they were all wonderful & so kind! The wedding staff in particular did anything & everything they could to make our experience memorable. From personalization they put on everything, amazing rooms, amazing welcome bags & then the decorations on our honeymoon night with more gift bags..it was amazing. The food......FABULOUS!! My husband & I, our families & all of our friends were so impressed & loved everything. It couldn't have been more delicious. We also went deep sea fishing through the resort & had some spa services that we set up through the resort. We couldn't have been more pleased & more impressed with the staff, the food, the restaurants, the activities, the grounds & the resort in general. Perfect, Beautiful, Amazing. We can't wait to go back!
Amazing!Reviewed on 11/11/2012 Jamie R
We had never been to Hawks Cay before our wedding, so we were hoping for the best. We were absolutely amazed by the beauty of the resort, the friendly staff, delicious food, and fun activities! Our wedding couldn't have been anymore perfect! We can't wait to go back!
Worst Place for a WeddingReviewed on 10/23/2012 Theresa H
I recommend Hawks Cay for its accommodations and food. I DO NOT recommend Hawks Cay for weddings or events. There was too much that went wrong to write it all down. Overall, it was an awful experience that I do not wish on any bride. The event staff was unprofessional, unprepared, and lacked the ability to make difficult decisions in a timely matter. Here are the highlights. 1. We were offered a ceremony coordinator who was offsite and an onsite wedding coordinator. These two individuals did not communicate and they were horrible at their jobs. 2. We signed up for a wedding package. We were not told that we were expected to contact all outside vendors. 3. Hair and makeup appointments were never put on their schedule. I called the week before to confirm. I was told my party was not on the schedule and the hair and makeup person was on vacation. 4. For dinner, we had beef and fish for our guests. We asked for ONE chicken dish. They were unable to accommodate this. 5. We had welcome bags for our guests. We asked the front desk three times to delivery them. We ended up delivering them ourselves. 6. The day before the ceremony, we went through ceremony and seating arrangements. I made ONE change to seating arrangements. This was never incorporated. 7. During the walk through, rain options were never discussed. A tropical storm was present for the whole weekend. It wasn’t until we were taking pictures before the ceremony was I asked which place indoors I wanted to have my ceremony. I had to send a family member to make the decision. Since the location of ceremony was set up so late, my guests had to help out with setting up chairs. 8. About 15 minutes prior to walking down the aisle, I was asked which way I wanted to walk into the room. 9. Our flowers arrived and we were not notified. A family member saw them at the front desk. 10. The wedding coordinators tried to rush us through the pictures in order to attend the dinner. Our photographer had to convince the coordinators to allow us to finish our pictures.
so so honey moonReviewed on 10/17/2012 Shelby S
My husband & I stayed here 4 nights for our honeymoon. We stayed under the hero special & received half off, otherwise it wouldn't be worth it. I spoke with 3 different members of staff and advised it was our honeymoon. We were promised a special gift from the resort which we never received. The staff had ahard time rrecommending restaurants & activities outside the resort & on our last day our room was never serviced. We had to call the desk to request fresh linens at which point they came over an hour later & only changed the sheets, they never checked the bathroom. Was less than impressed with this "4 star diamond resort".
Our HoneymoonReviewed on 8/22/2012 Angelica B
We went to Hawks Cay for our honeymoon. It was a very beautiful resort and the staff was more than friendly. It is very ideal if you and your husband want a relaxing honeymoon. They also have many activies that you can do on site. We did the dolphin experience and the Kayaking both were amazing. Tom's Harbour restaurant had the best nachos ever! We plan on going back again sometime soon.
HoneymoonReviewed on 7/13/2012 Shirley S
Beautiful place. We were upgraded to the presidential suite!
WonderfulReviewed on 3/20/2012 Ashleigh L
The place was beautiful! Dont even need to leave the resort you have everything you need in walking(or trolley) distance! Had a few mishaps with our food at one of theyre cafes and our room service. The dolphin lagoon is totally cool. But i learned the hard way, reserve your spot asap!
DO NOT BOOK HERE!!!Reviewed on 2/23/2012 Heather T
I had my wedding there in November 2011. If I can save even one bride from the hassle then writing this is worth it. I don't look back on my wedding experience with happy memories. When I called to book in December 2010 I was sent a menu and pricing - ridiculous by the way - but it was a wedding so kind of expected. I put down a deposit, and the next one wasn't for another several months. When I called back to make arrangements for the payment plans I couldn't reach anyone for weeks! No one would return my calls or emails. Finally I learned the lady that I booked with was no longer there, and no one was really sure what the status of my contract was. Then, when we did finally establish another contract and I FINALLY got the room block for the hotels the price had DOUBLED plus I was being charged for 2 site fees even though the ceremony was 20 min, and there was one before it so there was no set up cost. I couldn't get anyone to even take my money so when I did finally get everything settled we were paying $3000 a month becuase it was so close to the date! I could go on and on and on but it was stuff like this around every corner. The actual day was nice, and the actual coordniators were helpful, but it was a huge disorganized messs. The kicker was AFTER I checked out and AFTER I checked to see that everything was taken care of as far as the rooms my husband and I were covering and AFTER I was told that it was fine they tried to take me to collections for not paying $500 of a room tab I didn't know about until 2 weeks AFTER we had left (right around Christmas). It's pretty, but not worth the money, time, or headache for sure. Side note: Spa service was EXCELLENT. And rehearsal dinner at Tom's Harbor House was very nice and reasonably priced as well.
honeymoonReviewed on 10/30/2011 Lisa B
WOW. I LOVED it at Hawks Cay, the Florida Keys are of course amazingly gorgeous. My husband and I wanted to spend our honeymoon in the keys, our favorite place, but I didn't want to worry with cooking or cleaning and I didn't. The staff was awesome, we explored went fishing spent time by their adults only pool. Can't wait to go back!
Meet The Manager
I was born and raised in Arlington, Massachusetts . I have a B.S. in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a concentration in Commercial Recreation and Tourism from East Carolina University. Once I graduated, I made the very easy decision to move to the beautiful Florida Keys. Throughout my 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry, I have always enjoyed creating fun, memorable events for my clients. I specialize in Ceremonies, Weddings and Special Events here at Hawks Cay Resort. I look forward to helping you create a special piece of paradise for you and yours to share forever!