If it wasn’t for Peter’s dad – we’d have missed out on one of the best experiences of our lives last year! We wanted to make the absolute most out of our trip to Florida and as you’ll see from a previous post, not for the same reasons most love to visit this adventurous and tropical retreat! With my love affair with food and all things USA, and a gorgeous red Hyundai rental, we hit the road and headed south, in search of palm trees and turquoise waters, and we definitely found it in the Florida Keys! In need of further inspiration? Then read on to find 5 reasons why you must visit!
#1 It’s a Tropical Paradise
With its subtropical climate, Florida is always a good holiday destination for anybody in search of paradise. The Keys, with its connection to both the Atlantic Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, boasts some of the most gorgeous beaches in the United States, with clear sand, turquoise waters and palms tree galore! If you’re looking for a place to stay right on the beach, consider the Pelican Cottages, it was an absolute dream!
#2 As of 2017, you can take a ferry to Cuba from Key West…
Fancy a holiday within a holiday? Then the Florida Keys should be on your radar. With the newly restored diplomatic relations between the USA and Cuba, a prominent feature of the Cold War, there is no better time to visit and experience some of its preserved and concealed national history. Unlucky for us, we were unable to take advantage of such an opportunity… but there’s always next year!
#3 … And you can take a road trip to/from Miami
If you’re flying into the South of Florida internationally, then I would imagine you touch-down in Miami. Why not make a road trip out of your holiday and drive down to the keys? It’s a gorgeous drive from Key Largo to Key West and where the ocean and sea meet, there are ample photo opportunities!
#4 The local vibe is on point
With a quiet and relaxed vibe, you’ll fit right in with the locals – who love their home just as much as the tourists do! Everyone is friendly, welcoming and proud of where they live, so don’t be afraid to ask questions about what to see and where to go – they have ALL the answers!
If you’re looking for somewhere to soak up this atmosphere in Key Largo, I recommend Bayside Grille & Sunset Bar, where you can sip cocktails or local craft beer, order nibbles and chill to live music – whilst enjoying a gorgeous sunset view right on the beach!
#5 You can get some awesome local food
On this blog, we’re all about vegetarian food, so I’m not about to promote the already firmly established fishing and seafood industry here in the Keys, but what I will say is that it’s pretty hard to avoid. You can, however, enjoy a slice of Key Lime Pie – because is a trip all the way to the Keys worth it if you don’t? For dinner, we opted for pizza, because when in doubt, pizza is always a good shout! With more time, I could have maybe explored the food culture here a little more and whipped up a more detailed post, but check this out if you want any recommendations for food in the Southern Florida region more generally.
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