From Orlando it took about 3 1/2 hours to get down to Miami which is where we stayed a couple nights in the Art Deco district. This part of South Beach was given its name due to its architecture, reminiscent of the style which became popular in the 1920s.
We also made sure to check on our favorite part of the city, Wynwood, for any new murals. And with the recent election… there was a whole lot happening here.
In Miami, we rented our convertible Mustang… which no trip through the Keys is complete without and then we were off! We grabbed lunch at a little family place called Hobo’s Cafe in Key Largo, which we really recommend. Our waitress let us know all the best places to stop along the way, as I told her it was my first time on the Keys.
The drive down got rather warm, so we stopped at Robbie’s in Islamorada for a refreshing Bloody Mary. Here, you can also feed the friendly tarpon or rent jet skis. It was a really fun atmosphere and gets you into those island feels right off the bat.
Another fun stop we found along the way was The Rain Barrel, easy to find with the giant crustacean statue out front. This is a great spot to find handcrafted souvenirs as it is a village of local artist’s shops.
After a day full of adventures it was so nice to check into our Fairfield Inn & Suites Key West by Marriott. It was colorful, had a great staff, and a relaxing pool complete with conch shell fountains and a tiki bar… basically, everything you could ever want in the Keys for an affordable rate. They even gave us coupons for free cocktails at the pool’s bar!
One of the first things everyone has to do when you arrive at Key West is visit America’s Southern Most Tip! But if you plan on posing in front of it be prepared to wait in a line that will make you feel like you’re back in Orlando…
Another word of caution… please wear sunscreen at ALL times while in the keys, and make sure to reapply during your drive if you rent a convertible… For even more protection get yourself a touristy hat!
I never really knew if I was meant for an island lifestyle but after visiting Key West, I think it’s definitely something I could get used to. It’s a place where you can actually appreciate the humid Floridian air. Where you can just sit back, relax, kick up your feet and enjoy the sunset.