Who’s ready to hear about our Florida trip? Good, ’cause I’m ready to re-live it. I’ll be breaking up my recaps into three sections. Partly because I want to put as much info as possible for anyone looking to visit the Keys in the near future. The other part is so that I can put down as many of our memories as possible. One of my favorite things since I started blogging is looking back on my past trips and remembering all the fun!
Wednesday morning, we got up and leisurely headed up to the airport, anticipating a super easy trip. The whole reason we decided on the Keys is that I saw a nonstop JetBlue flight deal for $199 round trip. Normally, we’ve got connections and customs and it’s a whole big ordeal, but this was supposed to be easy peasy!
Well, when we got there, our flight was delayed. So we waited. Then we got on the plane, started moving, then stopped again. Then we were told there were major storms in the Ft. Lauderdale area and that no planes were allowed to arrive. So we went back to the terminal, got off the plane, and waited some more.
At one point, I thought it was a legitimate possibility that we’d be driving back to Williamsburg that evening. A few hours later, though, the pilot finally got the OK for us to head down and we all cheered. Considering I NEVER have bad travel luck, this was literally the first time experiencing something like this, so I guess it wasn’t too bad.
When we finally landed in Ft. Lauderdale, we were there with literally every other plane that had also been delayed, so it was another ordeal getting our rental car (which was actually a really nice, roomy, Ford Explorer), driving in the pouring rain down to Key Largo, and checking into our hotel. We had a late dinner of burgers at the closest dive bar we could find, then called it a night.
Thursday morning, it was like a completely different world! We woke up to sunshine and these views off our balcony:
We stayed at the Key Largo Marriott Beach Resort and since we had some issues getting checked in, they upgraded our room. I had zero complaints about waking up in bed and being able to see this without even getting up:
Since I’m a Marriott Gold member, we also got free breakfast, so we headed down first to eat and check out the resort.
We asked about doing some of the water sports (kayaking, jet skis, etc.), but the water was too rough to go out. We decided to embrace it instead and give ourselves a lazy beach day to relax and get in the vacation mood.
Later afternoon, we got ourselves motivated and ventured out. We visited some shops, then headed over to Pilot House restaurant for a happy hour drink. I also got some shrimp to munch on while we watched the pelicans and tried to decide which boat we’d want to own.
Pilot House was not very happening and we noticed the crowd was a lot older than us, so we headed somewhere just across the street that we heard had live music. We ended up at Bayside Grille, which turned out to be one of our favorite spots from the whole trip. The place got super busy, had a band, and was the perfect place to watch the sunset.
We enjoyed some drinks and some amazing conch fritters (with a key lime dipping sauce!) while we chatted, listened to the music, and just enjoyed the fun atmosphere.
The sunset was amazing. Pretty much every sunset we saw was amazing, but since that was our first one of the trip it felt extra special. I walked out on the dock just minutes before the sun dipped down and it was so incredibly peaceful, with the water lapping and the boats in the distance.
After the sunset, we realized we hadn’t had a real dinner (or lunch, really), but it was already late and since it was Cinco De Mayo, we felt like we had to get Mexican food. We went to Senor Frijoles, right by our resort, and waited a stupid long time for tacos. We had margaritas and another waterfront view to keep us company, but eventually we got fed up and had them put our tacos in a to-go box. We really wanted a dip in the pool and hot tub before they closed so I never ended up getting a taco, but at least we had fun!
Friday morning, we headed back to the resort grille for breakfast. It felt good to eat real food and I wolfed my meal down.
After breakfast, we decided to pack it up early and hit the road to our next stop, Marathon!
Stay tuned for Part #2 next week!
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If money were no object and you got a free trip anywhere, where would you go?