Sunday, July 9, 2017

day trip diaries: key west

The Florida Keys and Key West in particular have been on our radar for years, so I'm glad to say that we finally made it happen. 

We spent our days snorkeling and our nights beach camping as we traveled all through the keys from Key Largo to Islamorada to Long Key to Marathon to Sugarloaf Key before finally making it to Key West. 
hanging out at the seven mile bridge that leads into Key West 
we walked all up and down the bridge just to take in the incredible views and that gorgeous turquoise blue water 
this trip was worth waiting for
7 miles walked and one tree climbed!
When we finally made it into Key West, our very first stop had to be the Cuban Coffee Queen! It's well known for this iconic post card mural, but is also without a doubt the best coffee I've ever had. It gives you so much energy without making you jittery. We may have stopped here several times during our trip . 
 cute planter boxes and palm trees on every street 
walking past these beautiful beach homes, I'll take any of these any day 
wild roosters and iguanas everywhere you turned 
We did one of our favorite things and rented a moped! 
This is definitely the way to see all of KEY WEST for the day and not have to worry about parking a full car at every stop. 

hanging out dockside 
We were surprised to find this sculpture that has been touring all over the world. 
It's modeled from this famous photo of a sailor kissing a nurse on V-Day. Lucky us that it's currently in Key West to celebrate 100 years of Navy occupation so we had to pose with it. 

Key West really was a dream, but it's no place that I would ever be creative enough to dream up. We loved the mix of American and Cuban culture rolled into one that gives Key West such a unique vibe. Add in those turquoise blue waters, sprawling palm trees, and the character of those colorful homes and Key West is a true winner in my eyes.  


  1. I went to Key West last year and it was so much fun! I'm actually headed back there next summer for a wedding! Love all the pics- I had a similar one in front of the statue, Southernmost Point, that sponge guy, and the Cuban Coffee Queen haha! I think I'll have to try the mopeds next time. Looks like you guys had an awesome time! If you get a chance to go back, I'd definitely recommend doing a sunset cruise- a little pricey, but it was the highlight of my time there!

    1. Key West is such a fun place, it's awesome you're getting a chance to go back for a wedding-that should be a blast. I would definitely recommend mopeds with the heat so you can see a lot quickly-plus it seems you're allowed to ride these anywhere you please in town. And I'm bummed we missed out on the sunset cruise, it was definitely on our list except for the fact that we had to spend the evening packing all our camping gear in order to catch a 5AM ferry the next day off the coast of the keys (more on this tomorrow :)