When we left off, we had just left Marathon to head down to Key West. I can’t emphasize enough how different the other Keys are from Key West! We got down to the island, parked our car, and headed over to Duvall St., where we were instantly overwhelmed by the crowds. It’s a totally different place from the chill, low-key spots we’d spent the last few days.
After grabbing some lunch, we decided the best way to see the island would be by doing a tour. I remembered Katie mentioning the Conch Train tours from when she went, so we got our tickets and hopped on the 90 minute ride through town.
I loved hearing all the history of the island! It definitely made me appreciate what we were seeing a lot more and I’m glad we chose that instead of just wandering aimlessly.
After checking into our B&B and getting taking a break from the heat, we ventured back out for a self-guided bar crawl through Duvall street.
We hit up several bars as we made our way to Mallory Square for the nightly sunset celebration. I’m a big fan of any place that throws a party nightly just to celebrate the sunset!
We watched a magician, listened to music, checked out the various artist’s booths, and enjoyed the gorgeous scenery by the water.
At sunset, the crowd got more quiet and we listed to a man playing his guitar and signing while the sun sank down. It was amazing. I seriously wish I could do that every single night.
Buzzed and happy, Riley and I made our way back towards our B&B, stopping for dinner along the way. We hit a wall after 11:00, though, so we made our way to bed after a super fun night out.
Monday morning, we hit the road and started the 3 hour trek all the way back up through the Keys towards Ft. Lauderdale. It was nice to see it one last time before we left! We made a pit stop in Islamorada for lunch at the Lorelei Restaurant.
I finally had a piece of key lime pie, which I knew I’d need before we officially left the keys.
A short while later, we’d made it to Ft. Lauderdale!
Our hotel luckily had a room for us early, so we checked in and made our way to the pool for some reading and relaxing.
I’d been lamenting the lack of boat rides we’d been on, so I booked a sunset gondola cruise for Riley and I for that evening through Gondolas West. They told me we could bring whatever food and drinks we wanted, so we showed up with a bottle of wine, ready to soak in the sights.
There were only 5 of us on the tiny electric gondola, which was perfect. Our guide took us through the new river, where we saw $40 million mansions and yachts and heard some pretty cool stories about the people who owned them.
As the sun went down, we sipped our wine and just took it all in. It was a peaceful and gorgeous evening!
We finished our night by grabbing more wine and takeout pizza, then relaxing on our condo’s balcony in our PJs.
Tuesday was our last full day in Florida, so we spent most of it on the beach and at the pool.
We went out for a couple drinks and dinner that evening, but it was a pretty early night for us.
And now this recap has become super long, so I’ll just end by saying, “until next time, Florida!”