Hopefully this whole COVID-19 thing will be gone soon and the world will be a safe place to travel around again!!
But for now, let’s day dream, shall we?! Since we all could use some each relaxation, today I am sharing with you all things Florida Keys!
We’ve been here a bunch of time, total of 3 times I believe, the most recent one being Kritu’s 1st. domestic trip at 5 months old!!
Today, I am sharing details that’ll help you plan your trip, so read along…
In a nut-shell: The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands stretching about 120 miles off the southern tip of the U.S. state of Florida, between the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. They’re known as a destination for fishing, boating, snorkeling and scuba diving. The southernmost city of Key West is famous for Duval Street’s many bars, Mallory Square’s nightly Sunset Celebration and the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Apart from Key West, Key Largo is also a popular stop along the drive from Miami to Key West, boasting some great views and also the opportunity to snorkle or dive and see the magestic Christ of the Abyss statue. The Dry Tortugas National Park is another great stop. And if you have watched the Netflix show Bloodline, the hotel owned by the Rayburn family is an actual one in Islamorada.
How to Get there, where to stay: We usually fly into Miami, rent a car and drive down. The drive is breathtaking to say the least. If you are on a budget, stay in Key Largo and you can simply commute to Key West from there. Although Key West also does have an international airport! There are many hotels and resorts located on this stretch ranging from your usual Holiday Inn to resorts costing $$$$ per night! Car rentals are plenty to choose from.
Things to see and do along the Keys:
- Christ of Abyss Statue: Is located on Key Largo dry Rocks, which is a beautiful intermediate reef. The statue depicts Christ in a pose offering peace. His hands and head are raised toward the surface with the hands approximately 11 feet underwater. To get out to Christ of the Abyss, you can take a boat tour from Key Largo and Pennekamp State Park.
- Enjoy swimming with the dolphins! There are many tours available.
Aah man, the list here is endless. I am definitely not going to be able to do justice to it! But here are some main highlights:
- Snorkling, Parasailing, Jet Skiing etc. – the water sports options are endless!
- The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
- Southernmost Point of the Continental US
- Mallory Square – for the most breathtaking sunsets
- Duval Street
- Atlantic Ocean end
- Cuban & Bahamian influence
- Food Tour
- El Siboney
- The Rum Bar
- Bad Boy Burrito (also in IslaMorada)
- Blue Heaven’s Key Lime Pie
- Key West Distillery
- Truman Little White House
- Smathers Beach
- Key West Lighthouse
- US1 – Mile Marker 0
- Key West First Legal Rum Distillery
- Oldest House in Key West
- Ballroom Statue
- Kissing Statue
- Swimming with the Dolphins is available here too!
- Dry Tortugas National Park Museum: Comprises 7 islands, plus protected coral reefs. Garden Key is home to beaches and the 19th-century Fort Jefferson. Loggerhead Key has a lighthouse and sea turtles. On nearby Loggerhead Reef, the Windjammer Wreck, the remains of an 1875 ship, is a popular dive site. Bush Key is a nesting site for seabirds like sooty terns.
This is a good any-time-of-the-year destination and trust me when I say this, The Florida Keys won’t dissapoint!
Disclaimer: Given the current circumstances (thanks COVID!), I am in not saying you should travel. Infact, we aren’t. I am just sharing places we have visited and loved! Please travel at your own discretion. Thanks!!
Until next time, stay wanderlust struck!!