I swear one of these days I’ll be done talking about our vacation to the Florida Keys earlier this winter, but right about now when we’re socked in with cold and precipitation, it’s a nice, little mental break to somewhere much warmer.
If—I mean, when—we return to the Keys, we’ll allot more time to Key West, with a couple days spent in the Middle Keys around Big Pine Key and skip the Upper Keys, which are much more family-oriented, entirely.
The white buildings shaded by palms and lined with matching white picket fences are so quaint and lovely.
Everyone everywhere travels by bike.
We intended to do the same. Bike rental shops are many in Key West, and every friend we know who has been there before said we just had to rent a bike and cycle about the island.
We meant to, we really did, but honestly, I love walking around at my own pace, stopping to take photos with the urge hits, and Key West is just so walkable. So walk we did (and bike we didn’t).
We walked all the way, in fact, to the southernmost point in the continental United States.
I guess what I’m saying is this: Don’t overlook Key West. Give it the time it deserves. Whether by foot or by bike, cover the three-and-a-half-mile by mile-and-a-half island and soak up its charm.
Don’t spend all your time island-hopping, and don’t stay by Mallory Square; check yourself into a quiet inn in the historic district away from the maddening crowds and learn just why this vacation destination is so beloved by many.