Travel Tuesday :: Key West and Islamorada

{ the bar that Ernest Hemingway supposedly visited }

{ lovely tropical home decor }

{ key lime anything? yes please! }

While visiting Miami last week, we decided to take a day trip to the beautiful Florida Keys. From Miami Beach to the most southern island, Key West, it is about a three hour drive. However that drive is quite lovely, especially passing over the beautiful bridges connecting the islands with the crystal clear water below. 

Leaving early in the day requires breakfast at one of the local restaurants. In Islamorada, Mangrove Mike's is a well known local place that has the quaintest interior that looks like the bottom of the ocean floor. And of course, waffles were number one on my list #yummy. Two beautiful hours later, we arrived in Key West and spent the afternoon wandering the streets. This is my favorite type of travel … getting lost. The highlight of wandering was stumbling across the beautiful exotic butterfly conservatory, followed by cold and creamy ice cream. Let me tell you, that cookies and cream ice cream was necessary because it was hot hot hot! After shopping along the streets for a few more hours, we decided to drive to Islamorada for dinner.

Islamorada is about two hours above Key West and our dinner was absolutely fabulous. Sitting by the water with a one man band playing mellow music and watching the sunset was the perfect way to end the relaxing day in the Keys. Besides, I could not get enough pictures of the beautiful sunset. 

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  1. I've never been to Key West, but I really want to go!

    -- Alex at Cashmere Kangaroo

    1. It was very beautiful, and I loved how old plantation / tropical it felt!


  2. just discovered your blog & i'm obsessed! you're making me want to travel so much now!

    Rachel @ makeshiftmunch.blogspot.com

    1. Welcome to my little corner of the internet!


  3. Your pictures are getting so good! I fell in love with the beautiful clear waters of Key West also. Thank you for sharing your wonderful travel adventures. Love - GM

  4. Your pictures are beautiful! Looks like you had fun! :) I want to go someday!

    Love Always,

  5. Sounds like such a great day trip from Miami. I spend a ton of time in Florida but I have never been to Key West, will have to add it to my list for next time! I love your outfit in the second image; if you dont mind sharing, where is your hat from? Also your pictures of the sunsetting over the water are absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Gorgeous photos :)



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