If you missed out on part #1 of our Florida trip, make sure you get caught up here!
Friday morning after breakfast, we checked out of our hotel and made our way back down the main road from Key Largo towards Marathon.
We arrived right around lunch time and, as luck would have it, our hotel had a room for us. We stayed at a brand-new Courtyard. We were using a friends and family rate, so they basically gave us the worst room they had (#firstworldproblems, I know). I was pretty annoyed, but the fact that the pool area was so nice made up for it!
After grabbing a quick lunch at the Cracked Conch Cafe, we headed over to Sombrero beach, one of the nicest free beaches in the area. People kept telling me that the Keys aren’t a “beach” place. I get why they say that, since there aren’t huge expanses of sand and big waves. By my standards of a good beach, though, this place nailed it.
The water was so calm and clear, and there was more than enough clean sand to lay out on.
Another picture-perfect evening!
Saturday morning was another beach day for us. We stopped for breakfast at 7 Mile Grill, a perfect open-air little spot right on the main road.
After breakfast, we headed over the famous 7 mile bridge towards Bahia Honda State Park. The park is huge and they had a ton of activities you could do, from snorkeling tours, to kayak rentals, to more gorgeous beaches.
We made our way back over the bridge in search of lunch and ended up at the Chiki Tiki restaurant at Burdine’s Marina. I LOVED it there. Gorgeous views from the second floor.
We were able to watch all the boats coming and going and the food was delicious as well. I had the grilled mahi mahi with hush puppies.
Probably the best thing was the french fries Riley ordered, though. Some of the best fries I’ve had!
Afterwards, I wanted some more beach time, so we went back to Sombrero beach for a couple hours. If you’re ever in the area and are looking for a beach, I’d recommend Sombrero for sure. Bahia Honda is much more well known, but there’s an entrance fee and it gets really crowded. Sombrero was easy to get to, free parking, and super laid back.
Saturday night was our anniversary dinner, so we decided to go all out with the food. I’d read good reviews for Castaway Waterfront restaurant, so we headed over there and requested a table on the water.
On the suggestion of our server, I had a cucumber martini of some sort that was super refreshing and delicious. We also shared some ceviche as an appetizer.
For dinner, I went all out and ordered the lobster tail, which was delicious. I was super full by the time we finished!
After dinner, we stopped back by Sunset Grille for a night cap before heading home. I enjoyed a key lime pie martini, which is exactly what it sounds like. It was dessert in a glass and I loved it!
We called it an early night since we were eager to get to Key West the next day. We were pretty much old people the entire trip and I don’t think we were ever out past midnight. It was great, though, because we woke up feeling refreshed every morning!
Sunday morning I woke up before Riley and decided to head up to the historic 7 mile bridge for a run. The views were gorgeous and I only wish I’d been an hour earlier to see the sunrise!
I ran the whole first section before it broke off, which was exactly 2 miles to Pigeon Key.
The run back was facing the wind and was a bit tougher, but I loved looking down at the water as I ran.
After a quick shower and coffee, we packed up and got back in the car to make our way down to Key West!