Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Vacation all I ever wanted – Vacation had to get away!

As the Go-Go’s sang about in their 1982 hit, "Vacation" it’s all I ever wanted!

Traveling is one of my most favorite things, but traveling to a beach destination is by far the best! Life is better in flip flops and that’s just a fact.

The sand between your toes, the sound of waves crashing, the warmth of the sun, and exploring a new places – does it get better than that? Well, to me it doesn’t!

I just returned home from a fun-filled trip to Key West, nicknamed “The Conch Republic,” or the “Southernmost City in the US.”

Also known for being the Key Lime “everything” capital – key lime pie, key lime wine, key lime salad dressing, key lime jelly, key lime martinis, chocolate covered key lime and so much more.

The island is about 4 miles long and 1 mile wide and we explored a great deal. We rented an electric car one day. I highly recommend doing this it was a great way to get around and see all that Key West has to offer.

The overall vibe on the island is very laid back, the people are super friendly (hardly anyone was born and raised there, it’s a big transplant island), the rum is flowing and Duval Street is where it’s at.

If you’re ever visiting I have some restaurant recommendations.

For breakfast:
-       Blue Heaven is a must – absolutely delicious breakfast and even more delicious mimosas. It has a cool island vibe, even down to the chickens and roosters running around. If you want to eat here be prepared to wait, but trust me it’s well worth it.
-       La Te Da Hotel has a great breakfast as well. The challah french toast was a hit!

For lunch:
-       Conch Republic Seafood Company is right down by the marina and absolutely worth trying for lunch, dinner or happy hour. The menu is huge and the drink selection is more than plentiful. 
-       The Commodore Waterfront Restaurant – has amazing local seafood!

For dinner:
-       Bistro 254 (part of The Westin) is a wonderful al fresco dining spot right on Mallory Square (gorgeous views and delicious food).
-       The Grand Café on Duval Street is not only a beautiful restaurant (make sure you check out the bar inside it’s awesome!) but the food is wonderful! It’s a great dining spot set right on the hustling and bustling Duval Street (perfect for people watching!)

Other great places to check out:
-       Kermit’s for chocolate covered key lime pie on a stick
-       Key West Legal Rum Distllery for a quick rum tasting
-       Garbo’s Food Truck
-       The Southernmost Point Buoy (take a picture here, everyone else does!)
-       Duval Street – an abundance of shops to pick up souvenirs, a plethora of galleries, more bars and restaurants then you’ll know what to do with
-       Mallory Square – one word “SUNSETS” (pack your camera!)

Whether you’re a beach person or not, Key West is a great place to visit, it’s rich in history, full of wonderful restaurants, friendly people, and you’re sure to make some great memories there.

Bon Voyage!

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