For the past 4 days, I’ve been in the Keys. My Mom turned 50 on September 3rd and we’ve been planning on going to the Keys for a while now. It’s been a surprise for her and she thought she was just going down there with her boyfriend, Jerry. After my Mom and Jerry had been staying in the Keys for about 3 nights, my two brothers, sister, Willie, and I all went down to surprise her! Little did she know that the day after we came, my uncles, aunt, cousin, grandma, Jerry’s Mom, and a few of my Mom’s friends were all coming too! Needless to say, she was very surprised and super happy. We all stayed in a beautiful house on the water and had a great time. We try to go to the Keys every year and in my experience there are a few things you must do when you go. Here is that list!
Must Do Things
- Go snorkeling, anywhere. We literally just went off our boat on the side of one of the boat ramps in Islamorada. There are tons of dive shops where you can purchase snorkels, masks, and flippers or just rent them.
- Eat at local restaurants. A few of my favorites are Sloppy Joe’s, Chad’s Deli, Jaws Raw Bar, and Pepe’s Cafe. But there are so many restaurants, you’re bound to find some good ones.
- Bar Hopping. In Key West and on Duval Street there are a lot of great bars. A few musts are Capt. Tony’s, Irish Kevin’s, Fat Tuesdays, Bull & Whistle, and the World’s Smallest Bar. Fat Tuesdays has frozen drinks that are sure to cool you down and are really, really good. If you go to Irish Kevin’s get the Green Alligator, it not only tastes great but it will defiantly do the job if you know what I mean. 😉
- Fishing. Duh. Even if you don’t own a boat, you can still go on charters. It is a must do when in the Florida Keys since the fishing is fin-ominal, hehe.
- Southernmost Point. The Southernmost Point is a must see if you haven’t seen it before. From this point you are only 90 miles from Cuba. Parking can be tough to find in the area so plan ahead.
- Mallory Square. It is a plaza on the waterfront where street performers perform and there is something for everyone. Sundown is the best time to go, since this is when the performers start to come out. You might even see a cruise ship if you’re lucky.
- Feed the tarpons at Robbie’s. Every time we go to the Keys we stop at Robbie’s. You can buy a bucket of fish and hand feed tarpons. There’s always tons of tarpons at the docks and some are huge. It’s always fun to stick your hand down next to the water with a fish and wait for a tarpon to come gulp it up.
The Florida Keys are full of fun and exciting things to do from snorkeling to Fantasy Fest, which I have yet to experience but come my 21st birthday I plan to go. There is something for everyone. This trip we stayed in a house on Islamorada. Each time we go we have stayed in a different house on a different key. They are all beautiful islands and it’s really just personal preference on which key you want to stay in. Wherever you stay, you will have fun! Here are a few pictures from my trip. 🙂
My brothers are very dysfunctional at taking pictures, please excuse them lol.
And my mom got engaged to her boyfriend of 7 years!! Yay! Super happy for them.