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2. October 2015

Two great days in Key Largo and Key West

Florida Key West

Our Florida road trip continues… For two great days we went to Key Largo and to Key West. But we first had to reach our hotel in Key Largo.

Key Largo- Structured Dolphin Swim

Once you are on Key Largo you follow the Overseas Highway. First you will see the Florida Visitor Center on the right side (it’s tiny) and then you will see some shops. After a while we turned left to our hotel, the Courtyard Key Largo. Directly within walking distance of the Courtyard hotel was a Publix supermarket. In the supermarket we bought mosquito protection and citronella bracelets. We really recommend to get mosquito protection for a Florida trip!

The Courtyard Key Largo was near a romantic harbour, had a small pool, a little beach, a garden and a large parking deck. At the parking deck there was also a washing machine. This is really practical if you need to wash some clothes and do not feel like looking for a laundromat. After we parked, we were excited to see our room. Our room was very spacious, clean and overlooking the harbor and the pool. We even had a small balcony and could watch the pelicans from the room. It was very nice! At the reception we asked for our next destination – Dolphin Plus ! We were already so excited! And we asked if we could possibly check out later because we would like to take a shower after swimming in the morning before continuing our roadtrip. It was no problem at all. Happy and looking forward to the next day and the dolphins, we went to sleep.

Hotel Marriott Zimmer

Florida Keys HotelKey Largo HotelKey Largo Hotel In the morning at 08:30 AM we finally had the chance to swim with dolphins and it was so magical! We had booked the structured Dolphin Swim in advance online at DolphinsPlus. Dolphins Plus is easy to find and there are plenty of parking spaces. We were really lucky, because some people did not show up, so each of us had an own dolphin. We swam with the dolphins Bob and Jessica. It was so unbelievable! We had handshakes, were pushed through the water and experianced dorsal tows. Terrific! Can’t express the feelings we had. Overall, we have been there for 2,5 hours. The time flew. Too short!! Everything was recorded on a CD by DolphinsPlus while we were in the water. We had already bought the CD  in advance. Which was very good, otherwise we would have certainly not done it (to save some money). But now I was looking forward to the images that we were going to see back in Germany. We also bought two magnets with pictures of Bob and Jessica. Somewhat tired, completely exhilarated, happy and freshly showered, we started on our way to Key West.

Key Largo

Road Trip through the Keys to Key West with a stop at the Islamorada

The road trip along the Florida Keys is simply wonderful. Crystal clear water, great views, snow-white beaches. As we left around noon we decided to take a pit stop after 40 minutes on Islamorada to have lunch at the Hungry Tarpon. If you do not have the address with you it is pretty difficult to find it. Luckily I had looked it up at home. When you reach the Islamorada you turn left after the bridge and drive along a fairly small dusty road, before you reach the hidden restaurant. The Blue Cottage is right by the sea and the main attraction besides the spectacular view here is the feeding of tarpons at Robbie´s. The Caribbean-inspired food is good and reasonably priced and the view of the crystal blue sea absolutely stunning. Of course we also had to feed the tarpons at Robbie´s. There were many Tarpons in the water. That was so cool. Admission to the dock is 1$ and feeding the Tarpons costs 3$. After that we drove on to Key West.

Robbie´s gefüttert. Es waren mehrere Tarpons im Wasser. Das war so cool. Der Zugang zum Steg kostet 1 $ und das Füttern 3$. Nach diesem Erlebnis ging es weiter nach Key West. Islamorada PalmenFishKey West Strand BeachIslamorada Hungry Tarpon

Key West Southernmost Point of Florida

Another highlight of the Florida Keys is of course, the Seven Mile Bridge. The Seven Mile Bridge is the longest bridge of the Overseas Highway and the longest bridge that we have ever seen. With clear blue skies we drove over the azure sea and enjoyed the view. After several photo stops we arrived three hours later at Key West. Before we drove to our hotel we made a pit stop at Smathers Beach on Key West. Wonderful white sand and crystal clear water. Of course I had to put my toes into the crystal clear water!
Miami Beach

Key West Beach StrandFlorida KeysKey West Strand
Then we drove to our next hotel, the Orchid Key Inn. We got a parking space right outside our room and a glass of wine by the pool upon arrival. Then we walked to the Southernmost Point to take pictures. Unfortunately there was a long queue of people. So we had to wait a few minutes before we could take a picture. If you want to take a picture here reserve some time (5-25 Minutes). Right next to at the beach is the Southernmost Beach Cafe. Here we tried a piece of the famous key lime pie. Yummy !!!! You got to try!

For watching the sunset we went to Mallory Square. Every day from approximately five o´clock you meet here to celebrate the sunset. It is incredibly crowded. It is a real spectacle to watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico. Tired and happy we sank into our beds after this exciting day at the Keys.Sonnenuntergang Key west

Key West Key Lime Pie Käsekuchen90 Miles to CubaKey West Sonnenuntergang Mallory Square

1 Comment

  1. Stefan says:

    Hallo ihr beiden,
    die Florida Keys fand ich auch toll und wenn ich mir Euren Beitrag so anschaue, dann kommen mir da viele Programmpunkte sehr vertraut vor 🙂 Von den Tarpunen über die imposanten Brücken bis hin zur Warteschlange am Southernmost Point. Dennoch gibt es sicher auch noch viel mehr Sehenswertes, aber vielleicht komme ich ja noch mal hin?
    LG
    Stefan

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