September 10, 2015

Summer Vacation in the Florida Keys

I'm not sure what it is, but it seems like there are so many people we know who have recently vacationed in Key West and I can certainly understand why it seems so popular. We took vacation early (June) and headed to the Florida Keys!

Key West sunset
The drive from the airport was a bit brutal for us. There is only one road that runs through the Florida Keys and there was a very bad car accident which held us up for about 2 hours. We were hot, thirsty, and hungry so we stopped at Herbies in Marathon Key. When my husband was younger he remembers eating here so we stopped. They have some a great variety of craft beer on tap and delicious food including their conch fritters! I had the most delicious pineapple cider in a caramel and cinnamon rimmed glass that I will never forget. It was truly the stuff dreams are made of.

We stayed in Sugarloaf Key which is about a 25 minute drive to Key West. We found an awesome and super reasonable place to stay via airbnb. Our host was great and never steered us wrong with her many recommendations.
The owner of the place we stayed at had goats and chickens in her yard
Trip highlights include snorkeling in the coral reefs (yes, with some shark sightings!), key lime pie (Kermit's was our fave), eating delicious seafood (hogfish is a must), walking around Duval St., seeing Love & Mercy at the Tropic Cinema (the cutest movie theatre ever), and going on an airboat tour of the everglades on the way back to the airport.

Gators! @ Everglades Holiday Park
Bahia Honda beach

Other places we went to and recommend:
Herbie's Chowder House
Located on Marathon Key, their conch fritters were excellent. They have Key West staples, but also have daily specials. We got some of the best brussel sprouts we'd ever had. They were tossed in some kind of kimchi sauce that was so good!

Geiger Key Marina
You can rent kayaks, paddle boards, etc. here. This was recommended to us by our airbnb host. It's a spot many tourists don't go to since it's off of the main highway going through the Keys. After you're done with your water activities head over to the dock bar right nextdoor. This mango colada was perfect after 2 hrs of kayaking.
Cooling off after kayaking in the Key West heat
Sloppy Joe's
A Key West tradition. Ernest Hemingway was a regular here. We tried the Sloppy Joe quesadilla that was really good.

Garbo's Grill
I had seen this place on Diner's Drive In's and Drives a couple of years ago. Since the episode aired they have moved locations and are now permenantly behind Grunt's bar. They have a really nice setup with a patio in front and behind the bar so you can have a few drinks and eat some amazing Korean bbq tacos. Ugh, I actually want to eat them right now.

Amigo's Tortilla Bar
I can never pass up going to a place that serves grilled corn aka elote.
Reminds me of my time in Mexico!
One of the t-shirt shops had tank tops for dogs. Of course we got one made for Cooper. Here he is modeling it.


  1. I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go to the Florida Keys! It looks you guys had a great time.

  2. I was just thinking yesterday that I want to go back!