The Keys

Key West

While living in Florida we have heard a lot about the Key West Express and how convenient it is to take to Key West. But once we knew Adam’s parents could pick up our kiddos from school we knew we had to make the drive and soak in the time alone as it was the first time in six years we got a weekend away! We drove down Thursday after school and made the stop in Key Largo for the night. While we did not explore much our hotel was perfect! Room was clean, the pool was awesome, the staff was incredibly helpful and our room had the best balcony over the marina. While the dinner location was ideal (on the water and a stone’s throw away) it was not a place we would probably go back to.

The next morning we drove the rest of the way to Key West and can I say stunning? Once we got past Islamorada the drive was unimaginable!! While we have heard most people say it is long and slow, we found ourselves surrounded by some of the most stunning views I have seen, we were in the car alone, taking in the scenery and did not care about the two hours!

We went with the unpopular belief and stayed off of Duval street and it was perfect! I would stay there again in a heartbeat!! We rented bikes and were at Duval Street in less than 20 minutes while gaining a little exercise…win win!  We then spent the day wondering and exploring!

On Saturday we spent the day at the Dry Tortugas

 ***(link to that blog post) this is to come***

The next day we headed back towards Duval street and explored Mallory square.  We walked around, took in the sites, and shopped. Before we headed back we made sure to stop by the Southern most point.  It is a tourist spot for sure, but worth it.  The water is another incredible view!  Don’t want to wait in the line?  Pop on to the wall on the other side.  You can still sneak in a picture without being in others!   **pic of us at southermost point and waters*

On the drive back we stopped in Marathon where I quickly fell in love!!! We had a long lunch and sat pool and water side at Sunset Grille which rivaled Dantes from Key West!! *pic of pool

We couldn’t finish the trip without one last stop! if you are a Bloodline fan this is a must. We stopped at the “Rayburn house” and it did not disappoint, in fact surpassed my expectations. The grounds were meticulous, and it was quite possibly the most beautiful, quiet, peaceful place I have ever been!!