Those of you who have visited the Keys before know that they’re not your typical….anything. Nor do they want to be. It’s no surprise that a few years ago the tourism bureau unleashed a flurry of TV ads wielding the tagline “Close to Perfect. Far from Normal.” So what to expect when you make that glorious journey the whole darn way down Route 1?
Well, first off, not a big beach town. If you’re looking for a vacation with wide white sandy beaches and all the mai tais and palm-frond-umbrella-thingees that come with it, look again….like three hours up the coast in Miami. While there are some beaches in Key West, most are fairly small and public: no monster resorts or miles-long coastlines here. While many tourist hot-spots in Florida are focused on the beach, the Keys are more focused on the ocean, so in place of massive wads of sunbathers look for fisherman, sailboats, floating houseboats, snorkelers, and things of that ilk. The water is simply a way of life down there.
There is really something for everyone here, all on a teeny tiny, two-by-four-mile, palm-tree-covered island that operates under the motto “One Human Family.” Well, everything except a Walmart.
Next up? What to do when you’re hanging in the southernmost island in the U.S.!