Check out my first blog post here for details about the Travel Top 5 Blog!
Florida Keys, Florida
Welcome to the Florida Keys, a chain of islands extending from southern Florida into the Gulf of Mexico. Five main islands make up the Keys including the largest, Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Lower Keys and the famous Key West.
The Turtle Hospital located in the center of Marathon island is an absolute must do if you love turtles, rescue mission and heartwarming stories of survival. Guests are invited on a guided tour of the hospital facilities, rehabilitation area as well as an educational presentation on sea turtle endangerment. Don’t let that scare you away! The best part of this experience is seeing the dozens of rehabilitated turtles healing and being able to feed some of the Turtle Hospital’s permanent residents.
Get out on the water in a clear bottom double kayak. Clearly Unique Charters takes guests out to the Great White Heron National Refuge onboard their 25-foot catamaran where the guided kayak tour begins. Float through the shallow mangrove islands and view the beauty of the water above and below. To top off this 3-hour tour, Clearly Unique Charters takes you to a unique snorkeling spot off the coast of Key West.
An award winning beach, Bahia Honda State Park is over 500 acres of colorful coral, crystal clear water and pillow soft sand. The clear blue water stretches out far enough to walk and swim a few hundred feet from the shore. The park itself offers camping, snorkeling, beach combing, kayaking and a lovely gift shop/snack bar. Come for a swim and stay for the sunset.
Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen is a staple in the Florida Keys and one of the best places to get that famous key lime pie. It was voted “The Best” in the People’s Choice Awards and Best Hometown Café. Enjoy a variety of original seafood recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and finish off with a creamy piece of genuine key lime pie at the longest running restaurant in Key Largo.
Buckle in and drive the US One south. This 113 mile drive takes about 3 ½ hours without stopping however, you will want to stop along the way as each island offers many unique attractions, shops and restaurants. Along the route is the famous Seven Mile Bridge, which connects Marathon Key with the rest of the Lower Keys. This beautiful stretch of highway is just as gorgeous during the day as it is at sunset. Take in the gradient blue waters for miles!