Back to reality and below zero temperatures this week. A terribly rude awakening considering I spent last week enjoying temps that were 60+ in Florida. Nothing like a vacation to make you question why the hell you ever chose to live in the Northeast. Spring is coming. Spring is coming. Spring is coming. (Just keep telling yourself that).
I wanted to share, more for more sake, some of the wonderful times I had last week in Key Largo and Key West with my husband and in-laws.
We stayed at Ocean Pointe Suites, which is a condo complex in Key Largo. I was worried because the reviews seemed to be hit or miss, depending on who owns your condo. We lucked out because ours was amazing (clean, beautiful, large and right on the water). Sorry I didn’t take pictures of the inside but this was the view from my deck. If you found this blog from a search of the place, we had room 4416 and it was awesome.
The first day the weather was beautiful! We hit up a local state park for some kayaking. No pictures because I didn’t wanna drop my phone in the water. Shortly after we were done I took up camp on the beach!
Ahhhh……to be right there again.
The first day was really warm and I managed to get sunburn on my legs. Oh well. The following days weren’t quite as warm, but I’ll take 65-70 degrees over the balmy 2 degrees it was here today. The next day we drove from Key Largo to Key West (about a 2 hour drive). We planned on eating, walking around, shopping and enjoying some drinks! I’ll share more about the amazing food I ate on WIAW this week (or next week if I don’t have time).
There were chickens everywhere in Key West! I don’t know why I was so interested in them considering I owned chickens.
Hogs Breath Cafe was cool.
Duval Street. It was raining when we got there 🙁
Drinks for breakfast!
Cutting in line at the southernmost point:
This was the view from the restaurant we ate at Key West. It cleared up in the afternoon but was still a little chilly by Florida standards.
The next day was beautiful but also a little chilly and windy. It was about 60 degrees and it was hilarious seeing everyone in Florida wearing winter coats, hats and gloves! I kid you not! It was unreal.
We did a little shopping and ended up at a restaurant in the afternoon. There was a little disappointment over the weather but I mean looking at it now you can’t really complain. I’d give anything for it to be at least 30 degrees here!
This was Robbie’s Marina, there was a restaurant, a Marina where you could rent boats or charters, and a cute little section of shops. It was fun!
Another highlight of the trip was the Islamorada Brewing Company. I was surprised there weren’t more craft breweries around and the bartender explained that there are a lot more regulations to get around than in NY.
Their beers we really light and delicious. After a misunderstanding about just how many flights we should order, I was forced to drink all of these. Pull my leg, I guess.
Later that night for dinner I went to a restaurant one of my friends recommended. The sunset there was beautiful, but once the sun went down the wind was COLD which made it hard to enjoy our food. We quickly boxed up our food once the sun was down. Couldn’t beat the view!
All in all despite some less than ideal temperatures the Keys were awesome! Now I’m back suffering in the cold. Help!
However I don’t think I’ll ever top the vacation to Charleston where Austin and I got engaged, and once we got back from Florida I started begging him to go back to Charleston! I hope we can next year.
Have you been to the Florida Keys? What were your favorite spots?