Travel Tuesday: The Florida Keys “Middle Keys”

It’s Travel Tuesday and today we are headed to my home in the Florida Keys!

Last year, Travel + Leisure magazine released its list of “The 50 Best Places to Travel in 2021”. Landing on the list is the “Middle Keys” area of the Florida Keys: Duck Key, Marathon, Big Pine…and all areas in between!

If Key West isn’t your speed and Key Largo isn’t far enough from Miami, consider traveling a little further down Overseas Highway.  The Middle Keys are just far enough away from the mainland and Miami to make you feel like you are in the Caribbean…without ever using your passport. And you can drive here in your own car without getting on an airplane – something to be said when both domestic and international airline prices are soaring right now.

While the Travel + Leisure article lists excursions such a scuba diving and our local turtle hospital for your vacation agenda, there is so much more to do, see, and experience here than the article describes.

But once you get to the Middle Keys, it’s quieter than Key Largo and Key West. It’s a laid-back chain of islands with a “five o’clock somewhere” culture. The most popular pleasurable pursuits here are fishing and happy hour. But we also have plenty of beautiful public beaches (my favorites are Sombrero Beach and Curry Hammock Beach), snorkeling excursions to Sombrero Lighthouse or Alligator Reef. But don’t forget the most venerated of all pursuits in the Florida Keys: the art of doing nothing at all.

Let the salty ocean breeze blow through your hair, feel the warm sand beneath your bare feet, and let the warmth of the island sun gently kiss your skin.

So set your out-of-office email notice to “ON ISLAND TIME”, pack your flip flops, and head on down to the Florida Keys this year!

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