Its been too long; 14 years to be exact. Fourteen years since I was in the Florida Keys, so far my first and only visit. Yet those three weeks were like heaven for me; a visit to a place where I felt at home, in paradise and heaven, happily moving through the islands of so much beauty. I fell in love. Since leaving I have longed to return, hoping it wouldn’t be so long, aching that it has been. To send out the positive vibes of returning… I’m celebrating the Florida Keys & Key West.
Perhaps you know of this island chain lying off the Florida coast, reaching into the Atlantic and Gulf like a sandy barrier between the two. At 125 miles long, the Keys begin just south of Miami and end at their tip – beyond Key West actually – but with Key West as the last one you can drive to. Connected by 43 bridges, it is home to the world-famous, “7 mile bridge” a mere (yep) 7 miles long (ok, its actually 6.79 miles if you want to be completely exact) over the water and a breathtaking way to get across.
Balmy temps make this an ideal getaway year round, with highs in January in the 70′s and blue skies meeting blue waters in a painting so perfect, only God could have created it.
Florida Keys and Key West are the home to many animals, birds and creatures of the sea, available for viewing via car, boat or plane, but also swimming, kayaking, scuba diving or lying in a hammock. This is God’s country; a natural wonder like very literally, no other. Key deer, turtles, manatee and dolphins are all found in these waters and islands, all waiting for you to pay a visit and discover how amazingly wonderful they are.
Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine, the Lower Keys and Key West are how one refers to the areas of the Keys, with mile markers leading the way. Start at 127 at Florida City and make your way to #0 at Key West and the “Southernmost Point” in America. And realize you’re surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful waters…
Food is tasty and fresh, much of it coming from the seas. Pie is the sweet tooth delight with Key Limes providing its name. And don’t forget this is a place where eating is as much a part of the rest and relaxation as the fishing… meaning some work for their food, but that’s the way they like it!
From Hemingway to you, the Keys and Key West is about salty characters, unique animals, beautiful waters and plenty to do. Come to the Keys and write your story… discover another world and discover yourself… and then discover what I have; that the Keys get into your blood and you will long to return again and again…