I was lucky enough to spend a week in the Florida Keys. We drove down through all the Keys, all the way to Key West and the Southernmost Point of the Continental USA!
This place is 100% a tourist trap, but if you love browsing local art and gift shops, posing for cheesy pictures (like I do), and good food and drinks, this is the place for you. Disclaimer: Key West is suppperrrr commercial. For whatever reason I wasn’t expecting that (😂) but I still had a blast!
The first place we went was the farthest point south in the Continental USA, and only 90 miles from Cuba! The Southernmost Point almost always has a long line for pictures because it is one of the most popular photo ops in Key West.
The Smallest Bar
Whether you drink or not, this is the place to stop and hang out. This bar is about the size my dorm room was 😂 (but actually lol). This tiny bar is always filled (since there’s only about 4 chairs and room for 10 people max). You have to talk to people because of the close quarters and you can meet some really awesome people! We had a great time chatting with everyone at the Smallest Bar and will definitely be back!
Key West Lighthouse
Another fun place to stop for people of all ages is the Key West lighthouse. You can even go all the way up to the top and check out a stellar view. Don’t miss the trees coming in! These unique trees are a must see in themselves. I've never seen trees that "grow into each other" before:
Being the Jeep Girl that I am, I was super excited to see the tourist trains that go around the blocks are actually Jeeps in disguise!!! Not a bad look for a Jeep!
If you want to get away from all the craziness, head up to one of the northern Keys for boating, fishing, snorkeling, wakeboarding, kiteboarding, kayaking and so much more!
Big Pine Key
If you’re looking for the true Florida experience, head to Blue Hole in the Big Pine Key. Here I saw two alligators right up close! This area is also a refuge for Key Deer. These endangered deer look like white-tailed deer but are much smaller, kind of the size of fawns!
Seven Mile Bridge
If you keep heading north on Route 1, you’ll come to a seven mile long bridge, hence the name. If you try to walk across it, it’s really windy! But it’s a great spot for fishing and a great view.
Bahia Honda Railroad Bridge
Also in this area is a super old railroad bridge, which once connected the Bahia Honda Key with the Spanish Harbor Key. The bridge was originally constructed between 1905 and 1912, but parts of the abandoned bridge still stand today. Here we found a mama iguana and a baby! We didn’t get too close to disturb them, but loved seeing these cool creatures in real life. This is also a super great sunset spot! (And a great place to take in the gorgeous ocean views as well).
Marathon is a great spot for kiteboarding, snorkeling, fishing, and is even home to a famous aquarium from the TV show, Tanked. You can also tour a turtle hospital here and learn all about turtles and the healing process to get them back to the ocean. We even found an injured pelican and safely transported him to a hospital to get the care he needed. We named the Pelican Nygal and he is expected to make a full recovery!
There is a ton of things for everyone to do in the Keys. If you want some recommendations, hit me up! Thanks for reading my blog. You can check out more pictures from my trip below!