Florida Keys locals and in-the-know visitors often greet the news of some particularly offbeat happening by grinning, nodding and sagely murmuring, Only in the Florida Keys.
FLORIDA KEYS — Florida Keys locals and in-the-know visitors often greet the news of some particularly offbeat happening by grinning, nodding and sagely murmuring, “Only in the Keys.”
The phrase also describes an inviting array of environmental, cultural and adventure activities that can’t be enjoyed anywhere except in the island chain. To make lasting vacation memories, sample the “only in the Keys” experiences suggested here.
“Hook and cook” in the Sportfishing Capital of the World. Book a skilled charter captain or guide in Islamorada, called the Sportfishing Capital of the World, for exhilarating offshore, reef or backcountry fishing. The Keys claim more saltwater fishing world records than anyplace else on the globe. After catching your fish (like yellowtail snapper or tuna), take it to one of many nearby restaurants to have it cooked. There’s nothing like savoring perfectly prepared fish that you boated yourself. Visit fla-keys.com/islamorada/fishing/.
Drive across the Seven Mile Bridge. It’s a “bucket list” adventure to drive over the landmark Seven Mile Bridge, one of the longest segmental bridges in the world and the centerpiece of the iconic Florida Keys Overseas Highway. The majestic span, which connects Marathon and the Lower Keys, stretches above the blue Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico — giving drivers the sensation that they’re floating over water. fla-keys.com/keysvoices/seven-mile-bridges-enduring-florida-keys-icons/
Explore the homes of former President Harry Truman and literary legend Ernest Hemingway. Key West is home to the Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum, Florida’s only presidential museum, where Truman spent approximately six months of his 1945-53 presidency. View items including the original piano and poker table (ask about its unassuming “disguise”) used by the former POTUS. Visit trumanlittlewhitehouse.com.
Nearby stands the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, where Hemingway lived and wrote masterpieces in the 1930s. Tour his Spanish colonial home, peer into his second-story writing studio and even pet the descendents of his six-toed cat. The property’s several dozen felines include Mata Hari, a charmer who frequents Hemingway’s studio. Visit hemingwayhome.com.
As well as these, scores of other unique and memorable activities can be enjoyed in the Florida Keys. From eco-adventure “voluntourism” opportunities to special events showcasing the island chain’s rich environment, colorful heritage and fun-loving vibe, they offer ample proof that the best vacation experiences can be found “only in the Keys.”
Source: Florida Keys & Key West