Thursday, May 22, 2014

Florida Keys Road Trip

We just returned from a week-long road trip that started in Miami, FL and continued down the Florida Keys to Key West, the southern most point of the continental U.S. Our stops included Islamorada, Marathon, Big Pine Key and Key West. Here are some of our favorite hotels, restaurants, sites and pit stops along the way.

Plantain chips and a mojito at Havana 1957 to start the trip.
Agate cellphone case by BrooklynThread.

Essensia Restaurant & Lounge located on the outdoor patio of 
The Palms Hotel & Spa in Miami Beach embraces a farm-to-table 
philosophy with local food and herbs grown at their on-site garden.

Casa Morada in Islamorada is a 16-suite boutique resort inspired by the 
informal character of the Caribbean. Beautiful sunset views, excellent service 
and charming decor. This was our favorite overnight stop.

The Keys Fisheries Market & Marina in Marathon has an understated dockside 
restaurant serving fresh local seafood. The catch of the day fish tacos and sweet potato 
waffle fries with marshmallow dipping sauce are a must try.

It's no surprise that the beach at Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key was voted 
one of the most beautiful U.S. Beaches in 2012. You can stop off for a short walk, 
tour the butterfly garden, stay the day, or reserve a cabin or campsite for an overnight visit.

Hammock lounging in a macrame bathing suit by L*space Swim

Breakfast tacos with smoked salmon and fresh fruit.
The Tory Burch Zip Clutch was the perfect travel accessory.

Casa Marina, a Waldorf Astoria resort in Key West, was conceived by 
American railroad tycoon Henry Flager. The grand opening dates back 
to New Years Eve of 1920. It has since been updated and expanded 
to a full service modern resort.

There are unlimited options for waterfront dining. 
Many dishes and cocktails incorporate key lime

There's no better way to explore the town's main street, 
Duval Street, than on a trolley, bicycle or scooter

Home made rum ice cream at Flamingo Crossing

Quaint island architecture

Red velvet crepes from la Creperie

The historic seaport at Key West Bight Harbor

The best Cuban coffee in town, 90 miles from Cuba

all original images via Lifestyle Bohemia

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