I have been going to the Florida Keys since the late 1980’s when I had an overnight date, and my first rum runner along with a “floater” with my soon to be husband. We listened to Jimmy Buffett before his song “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere” and did some offshore fishing! (Florida Keys Reopens to visitors on June 1st. Please verify this directly with Monroe County)
We have loved introducing our daughters Kylie and Alle to one of our favorite vacation destinations to enjoy all the things we have, from fishing to sunsets to just chillin’ out and hanging with the fam.
That Florida Keys Feeling
I have never forgotten that feeling I had crossing over from Dade to Monroe County and literally felt a shift in myself…a calm came over me…it was the strangest thing and I just kept on coming back!
Why We Love the Florida Keys!
We love Key Largo and the Upper Keys with all our hearts. It is a short drive for us from Boca Raton and a non stop flight from many places to Key West, Miami International Airport and Fort Lauderdale International if you don’t live locally.
I do believe the Florida Keys should be on every traveler’s bucket list for a variety of reasons including the beauty, peacefulness and history of that very special part of the world.
1988 Holiday Isle – Islamorada
Things to Do in the Florida Keys
From sport fishing, both offshore and back country, to snorkling, diving and just relaxing by a hotel pool there are many things to do.
I love exploring the art galleries, shops and of course spending time at one of the many wonderful waterfront restaurants in the Keys. The daily fresh catch like mahi or snapper is always a great choice coupled with a Key Lime Martini or refreshing sweet tea.
Take a drive from Key Largo to Key West and stop along the way for lunch! Feed the tarpon at Robbies and check out the Dolphin Research Center while you leisurely drive while enjoying the the water views.
Fun Fact: You will enjoy Overseas Highway and the 42 bridges including the fabulous Seven Mile Bridge that links the Keys to each other and the mainland. Trust me on this one.
Florida Keys Resources
Eat and Play in The Florida Keys
Mangrove Mikes in Islamorada
Hotels and Accommodations
Pigeon Key Art Festival
Florida Keys Fishing
Captain Andy Bellisari with a huge Mahi
Family Time in Key Largo
List of Things To Do
- African Queen Cruise
- John Pennekamp Park
- Ernest Hemingway Home
- Dry Tortugas National Park
- Theater of the Sea
- Turtle Hospital
- Dolphin Research Center
- Glass Bottom Boat Tours
- Looe Key
- Bahia Honda Park
- Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail
- Florida Keys Wild Bird Sanctuary
- Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
- Harry S. Truman Little White House
- Jules Undersea Lodge
- Mel Fisher Maritime Museum
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I hope you enjoy your time in the Keys as much as we do! Make sure to let us know what you have enjoyed the most. I know you will come back feeling refreshed and relaxed after a vacation to any of the many fantastic spots we have highlighted in this post!