The Florida Keys…carefree, steamy, a little rough and yet a little refined. Something about those lush palm trees and that warm tropical air. Something about the Atlantic on one side and the Gulf on the other. I confess… I am biased. I grew up spending weekends and summers in Big Pine Key. And it was pure magic. No ipads, no iphones, no social media. Nights spent chatting with my sisters, against the sounds of lapping water, the air heavy with humidity, and perfect starry nights. Days spent enjoying outdoor adventures, jumping into the 30 ft deep canal behind the house, sunny days on a boat at the sandbars, and hours snorkeling in warm waters. Over the years, I’ve traveled and stayed in so many lovely places, but there’s just something about the Keys that I can’t let go of…or maybe that can’t let go of me 🙂
Where to stay
Amara Cay Resort– Fabulous, ocean font property with a man-made beach.
La Siesta Ocean Front Cottages- love these bright colored beach cottages. Ours had a spacious living and dining area, a kitchenette which included a microwave, mini refrigerator and ample storage space. We had the perfect views.
Dining in Islamorada
Oltremare at Amara Cay Resort- upscale yet laid back. Crafted cocktails, locally-inspired main plates and a well-curated wine list. For brunch, try the rum butter french toast with thick cut bacon and wash it down with some bubbles.
Midway Cafe and Coffee Bar– A MUST STOP in Islamorada. Quirky, little cafe/bakery/coffee shop/retail store. They are open for breakfast and lunch. The staff is welcoming and the coffee & food is delicious. Pancakes were on point! Get there before 8:30 if you want to beat the morning rush.
Islamorada Fish Company– The sunset views from here are the real MVP. If enjoying food, watching the sunset, while listening to live entertainment is your thing, than this is your place. The sunset views though… are just spectacular. Kid-friendly environment, they’ll love running around and all the live entertainment. Drinks and fish tacos were delish. Try the conch fritters!
Green Turtle Inn– An Islamorada icon! Food is DELICIOUS. While it’s not on the water, it is an epic dining experience. DO NOT leave Islamorada without experiencing this gem. You’ve been warned! You can thank me later 🙂
Ziggie Mad Dog’s– Steaks. Chops. Seafood. AMAZING. AMAZING. AMAZING. Flawless dining experience. Get the steak! And save room for the creme brulee 😉