When most Americans consider jetting off to a tropical paradise, they most likely consider locations like Jamaica, Cancun, or The Bahamas. But do you know there’s a gorgeous tropical vacation spot near house that you simply don’t must pack your passport for?
For Americans itching to get a style of the tropics with out leaving the nation, they don’t must look far, as the proper vacation spot lies inside straightforward attain — The Florida Keys 🌴.
Combining a number of unbelievable locations in a single, The Florida Keys deserves a high spot in your journey bucket record.
From the snorkellable Key Largo to the quirky Key West, there are limitless alternatives to make your tropical goals come true in The Florida Keys.
The Perfect Florida Keys Itinerary
There are so many unbelievable locations to remain when visiting the Keys it may be tough to select one. The straightforward resolution to that is, after all, to select all of them! There is one thing in The Keys for everybody, and each Key is price testing.
It’s additionally extremely straightforward to see every thing The Florida Keys has to supply with out breaking the financial institution.
For the last word Keys journey, we extremely recommend flying into Miami, renting a automotive, and road-tripping via The Keys. Best of all, there’s no must make the trek again to Miami when the holiday sadly involves an finish. Simply drop your rental automotive off at Key West International Airport and fly house from there!
Key Largo & Islamorada
The first cease in your journey shall be Key Largo, among the finest locations to name house for a number of nights on a journey via the Keys.
For an ideal spot to name house base, you may’t go flawed by checking into the Reefhouse Resort & Marina.
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The resort is central to Key Largo’s high points of interest, like John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, and it has loads to do on the property, with a tremendous pool, a non-public seashore, and scrumptious meals. Plus, you’re only some minutes away from Islamorada, that means you may expertise 2 Keys in a single throughout a keep on the Reefhouse Resort.
One of the highest issues to do in Key Largo (and the remainder of the Keys for that matter) is to go diving or snorkeling. Don’t fear should you forgot your masks; the Reefhouse Resort & Marina has a dive store proper on website!
Speaking of diving, don’t let your self move on the chance to get underwater whereas in Key Largo. This space is house to a number of the greatest scuba diving and snorkeling spots within the U.S. and isn’t to be missed!
If you’ve got by no means tried scuba diving and wish to be taught, there isn’t a place higher. If you’re already licensed, you’ll love attending to discover the distinctive underwater panorama the Keys offers.
The common depth when diving within the keys doesn’t usually transcend 30 toes or so, that means you’ll be capable of spend loads of time on the underside saying hiya to sting rays and turtles.
If you’re questioning the place to strive diving, give Horizon Divers a name and inform them what you’re searching for. You can simply get your self on a morning 2-tank dive to discover the shallow reefs and shipwrecks within the Upper Keys National Sanctuary, and also you’re assured to have an excellent time.
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Don’t Forget To Eat
You won’t go hungry within the Keys. There are so many unbelievable locations to seize a chunk to eat that we may write a novel itemizing all of them out. However, there are a number of that you simply positively shouldn’t miss! Key Largo has among the finest locations to seize a chunk, the well-known Fish House.
The Fish House has domestically sourced seafood that’s to die for, all served in a unusual “keys-style” restaurant. Just give them a go to and also you’ll see what we imply. This is the proper spot to seize lunch after a morning dive and it ought to positively be in your record of must-dos.
Plus, there are many alternatives to seize some pictures with family and friends.
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An Evening In Islamorada
If you’re staying on the Reefhouse or someplace close by, make sure you schedule a day/night to go to Islamorada. This is the Key immediately beneath Key Largo and is shut sufficient which you can test it out with out having to swap accommodations.
There are 2 belongings you positively want so as to add to your record of must-dos in Islamorada, and each are scrumptious.
Firstly, no go to to the Keys is full with out spending a while at The Florida Keys Brewing Company. As you may think about, house is a prized commodity within the Keys, which is a part of what makes this brewery so particular.
The Florida Keys Brewing Company brews all of their beer proper on-site and is without doubt one of the solely native breweries that may really say their beer is made proper within the Keys.
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Aside from how unbelievable the beer is, the property itself is eclectic and welcoming. Everyone you meet shall be pleasant and good, and also you’ll be surrounded by unbelievable art work, superb beer, and a welcoming vibe.
After a beer or two, you’ll really feel like a daily and doubtless begin considering a transfer to the Keys 😅.
After a tour of the brewery, head proper throughout the road for a tremendous sundown dinner at Morada Bay Beach Café. This was one in all our favourite dinners within the Keys. Not solely was the meals unbelievable, it was stunning. Even your water comes out dressed to the nines!
And not solely was the meals scrumptious and delightful, the surroundings was beautiful as nicely. We discovered ourselves pulling out the digicam to attempt to seize the sundown as it could paint a unique image of the night for you each jiffy.
If you wish to really feel like you’re consuming dinner in a stupendous portray, that is the place to do it.
The higher Keys are stunning, and we already can’t wait to return, however you’re lacking out on a number of the most iconic sights within the Keys should you finish your journey there.
After spending a while testing Key Largo and Islamorada, make sure you pencil in a number of days to go down probably the most stunning stretch of freeway within the U.S. to Key West.
And there’s no must rush; there are nice locations to cease off for a chunk to eat or take within the surroundings alongside the best way.
We left proper at round lunchtime, so we made a cease in Islamorada for a scrumptious meal on the Oceanside Safari Restaurant and Lounge — make sure you strive their particular Mojito with recent mint!
It’s the proper option to cap off your lunch and can depart you feeling refreshed and relaxed.
On your means right down to Key West, it’s possible you’ll end up staring out of the window on the ocean round you.
There is not any different freeway within the U.S. that offers fairly the identical feeling because the Overseas freeway, and also you’ll be glad you determined to drive via the Keys.
Be positive to cease off on the finish of a bridge or two to take all of it in and seize some pictures.
@traveloffpath This is the prettiest the drive within the USA fingers down. #onlyinthekeys #soulcenteredgetaway #floridakeys #travel ♬ Golden Hour: Piano Version – Andy Morris
Before you make all of it the best way to Key West, contemplate stopping at Bahia Honda State Park for a seashore break. There are award-winning seashores and lovely stretches of sand to arrange camp for a number of hours. If you’ve got snorkeling gear, positively make sure you discover what’s within the water as nicely!
Pick The Perfect Hotel For You
After catching some solar and sand, you’ll be prepared to go into Key West to your resort (of which there are loads!).
Depending on what you’re searching for throughout your keep in Key West, there are tons of resort choices to fit your wants. Much of Key West’s motion is centered round Duval Street, so if you’re coming for the nightlife which may be the place you wish to look.
However, we needed to be shut sufficient to the motion to take pleasure in all Key West has to supply with out being proper within the thick of it. We needed to take pleasure in Key West however keep someplace that felt like its personal secluded space away from the remainder of the island.
The Capitana Key West was the proper place to name house that achieved precisely what we had been searching for.
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From the second you examine in you may really feel the calm and enjoyable vitality of The Capitana.
If you’re staying in the principle resort constructing, you’ll have unbelievable views of the pool and seashore out of your room, however for a extra intimate expertise, we opted for the Two Bedroom Cottage.
Many individuals who come to Key West dream of packing up and shifting there after visiting. Staying in a cottage lets you really feel such as you already do!
The property is a superb escape that you possibly can spend your entire journey having fun with should you needed to, and it’s nice for each kind of traveler and get together dimension.
Spend the afternoon sipping cocktails by the pool or get energetic and check out your hand at some badminton. Either means, you’ll love your keep at The Capitana.
Key West Is Endless Fun
You’ll have hassle deciding what to do with your self as a result of there are limitless alternatives to have a tremendous time in Key West, however allow us to assist you out by sharing some can’t-miss experiences:
There are loads of firms providing sundown sails, and should you stroll to the Marina, you’ll see indicators for all of them. We determined to go out with Sebago Key West and would completely do it once more!
You’ll head out to the beat of a reside musician whereas the (included) drinks begin to stream, and the breeze from the ocean will cool you down earlier than taking in a stunning sundown from a novel perspective.
Keep an eye fixed out for dolphins and turtles. If you’re affected person, you’ll seemingly spot a number of.
@traveloffpath Amazing option to see one other facet of Key West with Sebago Key West’s Sunset Sail. . #onlyinthekeys #soulcenteredgetaway #floridakeys #travel #sailing #boat #sail #floridakeys ♬ Sun Goes Down (feat. Jasmine Thompson) [Radio Mix] – Robin Schulz
Dolphin Watch & Snorkeling
Speaking of dolphins, should you’ve by no means seen them up shut and private, then it is best to positively exit on a dolphin watch. We went with Honest Eco, and can’t advocate them sufficient.
They defined a lot about Key West’s dolphin inhabitants and you possibly can inform they cared an amazing deal concerning the dolphins and ensuring the expertise was an amazing one for each people and dolphins.
We had been fortunate sufficient to have some dolphins come proper as much as our boat to say hiya, and it was a bucket record merchandise of mine. I’m a little bit of a sucker for animals, and this expertise was surreal. I’ve all the time beloved dolphins and been amazed at their intelligence; I’m not ashamed to say I teared up having them so shut — there’s no expertise fairly prefer it.
If you’re on the fence a few dolphin watch, go forward and e book it, particularly if heading out with Honest Eco.
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The Hemingway House is a basic vacationer attraction in Key West, however there’s an excellent cause for it. The home itself is beautiful, and the historical past behind it’s fascinating.
Most folks realize it as Ernest Hemingway’s former house, however earlier than Hemingway owned it, it as soon as belonged to Asa Tift, one of many richest folks to ever reside in Key West and probably the most well-known wrecker within the space.
Even if the historical past of the house isn’t your factor, it’s enjoyable to see what number of kitties you may spot across the property, all of whom are UNESCO world-heritage protected and allowed to roam the property at will.
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Many of the perfect issues to do in Key West are in or on the water, and a kayak tour is one in all them.
You’ll see all types of wildlife from nurse sharks to starfish, and get to be taught concerning the significance of the mangroves and their significance within the ocean ecosystem.
Kayaking via the mangroves makes you’re feeling utterly minimize off from the world in probably the most stunning means and is an expertise it is best to strive at the least as soon as. For a one in all a form expertise, we went with Lazy Dog Charters.
@traveloffpath See a novel facet of Key West throughout a Kayak tour with Lazy Dog Charters. . #onlyinthekeys #soulcenteredgetaway #floridakeys #travel #keywest ♬ Adventure of a Lifetime – Coldplay
Food Walking Tour
I can’t cease occurring meals excursions! Seriously, they’re the easiest way to study a brand new vacation spot and an effective way to get the lay of the land initially of your journey.
Not solely do you be taught concerning the space geographically, however additionally, you will depart with an enormous record of all the perfect locations to eat and drink. Aside from the meals, you’ll additionally be taught concerning the tradition and historical past of the realm.
In Key West’s case, you’ll by no means be quick on historical past, tradition, or meals to pattern. Around each nook, there may be one other story ready to be advised and a brand new one able to unfold. There is a lot fascinating historical past in Key West, and it’s actually probably the most distinctive locations within the U.S.
To get probably the most out of this expertise, we went with Key West Food Tours, and the tour didn’t disappoint.
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Food, Food, And More Food
We mentioned above that you simply wouldn’t go hungry within the Upper Keys, and the identical holds true in Key West. There are 1,000,000 meals choices which might be all unbelievable, every with their very own distinctive Key West aptitude. Certainly don’t prohibit your self to our record, however a few of our favorites embrace:
- Half Shell Raw Bar – If you’re keen on oysters, that is your spot! Right within the Marina, you may take pleasure in your meal understanding you’re consuming a number of the freshest seafood cash should purchase.
- Milagro – Chef Kevin has labored with Michelin Star cooks for many of his profession and took that have to create a restaurant with 5-star delicacies in an off-the-cuff, bistro setting. The meals is deliciously decadent in a extra laid-back setting — in true Key West trend.
- Blue Heaven Key West – The most iconic brunch spot in Key West and a particular should. Not solely is the meals scrumptious, however you’ll really feel such as you stepped into one other world the second you cross the edge of the doorway.
No Keys Experience Is The Same
It’s an unlucky truth of life that each trip should finally come to an finish, however some locations are price endlessly repeating. The Florida Keys is unquestionably one in all them.
There is a cause so many vacationers come right here time and time once more, and each go to to The Keys will reveal one thing new and thrilling.
We beloved our time in The Keys and, like so many others, shall be coming again the primary likelihood we get!
**Travel Off Path was a visitor of The Florida Keys, who helped with the creation of this itinerary by internet hosting a few of our lodging and points of interest. Our opinions, suggestions, and recommendations stay our personal.**
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