Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Key Largo, Montego, baby why don’t we go…. – Florida Keys

I hadn’t had my fill of Florida yet, so I headed down to the Florida Keys with Sara Collins (aka Lizzy) and Jenn Wheeler for an amazing weekend in the sun.   We rented a mustang convertible and lets just say it’s a MUST when visiting the Keys!!! Lizzy and I arrived a day earlier than Jenn, so we headed to Miami to check it out.  We spent most of the day in Miami Beach.  We ate some sub-par Cuban food for lunch, went shopping, checked out the beach, went to a movie, and had sub-par pizza for dinner.   After picking up Jenn at the airport, we headed straight down to Key Largo, our home base for the next two nights.

The next morning we woke up with a mission.  Jenn had found a New York Times article talking about all of the amazing key lime pie places in the Florida Keys and so we took it upon ourselves to eat at as many places as our stomachs would allow us to.  http://travel.nytimes.com/2006/03/31/travel/escapes/31lime.html.  The findings will come in a separate post.

We also took a tour of Ernest Hemmingway’s home and saw the famous six-toed cats that live there.  The cats have names like Howard Hughes and Elizabeth Taylor.   So crazy!  Then we went to the beach.  The water was delightful and so warm.  After the beach we headed over to the southern most point of the US.  It’s located about 90 miles from Cuba.  We were told we had to check out Mallory Square in the evening because it is packed with crazy people. Unfortunately, there was a biker convention in Key West that took all of the crazies in Mallory Square and spread them out all over the city.   Side note, one of our friends calls Key West “Key Weird”.  After visiting, we definitely agree.

The next day we spent the morning kayaking through the mangrove trees in John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.  We really wanted to snorkel but we didn’t have 2.5 hours to spare.  We promise to go next time! 

We had an amazing trip and would highly suggest visiting the Florida Keys.  Just remember to rent a convertible and eat lots of key lime pie!!! 

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