Travelling The Keys
The keys are a strip of tropical islands south of Florida. The archipelago is made of coral. The highway 1 is linking them all the way to Key West, the southernmost point of the USA, 90 miles north of Cuba.
We drive down to the keys from Homestead. It’s about a 2h50 drive to Key West, but we make stops on the way there and back for two days.
At Robbie’s we can approach Tarpons and pelicans. The Tarpons look like they could just swallow a whole pelican.
At Midway café we indulge in some pancakes and cappuccinos, the place is claiming to make the best coffee of the keys (but it’s really hard to please australians like us).
At Anne’s Beach the water is so shallow we need to lay down in it to refresh ourselves. The place offers quiet areas of sand near mangroves and other trees.
In Key West the holiday feeling is at 100%. The most southern town of the US is beautiful. White and pastel houses, galleries, bars, palm trees, ocean and a lot of people roaming around. We walk from south to north on the main street and arrive at Sunset Pier to watch the sun go down with a beer. We wish we could stay an extra day because the town is worth more than a few hours, but we have to drive back an hour to our campground.
Our campsite is in Bahia Honda State Park where we can swim in one of the best beach of the keys. After some spring cleaning we chat to a couple from Utah and they happily let us borrow their snorkeling gear. We head to the beach and end up spending two hours in the water looking for creatures in the sea grass. We saw a ray, various fishes, starfishes, a sponge, hermit crabs, sea slugs and a big school of fish to swim with. Our second day in the keys went quick and it’s already time to drive all the way back to Miami.