Keys Vacations

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Ahhh, the Florida Keys! A place where everyone wants to go at one point in their life. This blog is about vacationing in the Florida Keys, basking in the sunshine and how you can get there too. Continue reading

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Florida’a No Name Key



About 30 miles from Key West is a small island in the Florida Keys called No Name Key. If you are on Big Pine Key you can get to No Name via a wide, concrete bridge. The bridge is actually a pretty popular fishing spot because it has wide pedestrian lanes on each side. But this tiny island gets lots of visitors and the reason why is to see the Key Deer whose home is on this 998 acre island.

Funny thing is 820 acres are protected because this is the home of the National Key Deer Refuge. Yet people do live here, there are about 43 homes currently and visitors and residents alike like to hike through the refuge or kayak around the island. Continue reading

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How To Find Affordable Key West Hotels



One of the most important things to do when you are going to the Keys, is to secure a place to stay. If you are like me and hubby and decide to just take a random road trip in the middle of winter, then you may want to stick with some affordable chain hotels. We personally like Best Western. The rooms are always clean and roomy and breakfast in the morning saves a bundle. We are not morning people, so a continental breakfast with our coffee is just enough to hold us over. First, I’ll show you a video of the Best Western we stayed at on our way to Key West.

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Original Marathon Seafood Festival

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Key Largo – First stop, Holiday Inn

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The Florida Keys have hundreds of hotels, motels and places to stay ranging from modest prices to high end. You have to know that if you go unprepared as we did, the room prices can be a bit high, just like anywhere else you would go without checking first. But  hey, that’s the fun of a road trip if you can do it!  Now the plus side of not making arrangements for your Keys Vacations is this; We found an awesome hotel in Key Largo that dropped their price almost $50 when we stopped in to check out their room rates. Can you believe it was a Holiday Inn? Continue reading

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Florida Keys Beaches

"Smathers Beach"


You may have heard that in the Florida Keys the beaches were rough and not very pleasant to visit. That’s not necessarily all true. While most of the Keys are natural beaches, there are plenty that you will consider some of the most beautiful you have ever seen. Continue reading

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Restaurant Certificates


Food For A Fraction Of The Cost

I have just had some great experiences with a new site that I ‘ve got to tell you about! Restaurant gift certificates are a great way to save a few dollars when you are traveling. Let me tell you about my savings so that when you do decide to go to the Florida Keys, you can save some money on your way there, as well as in the Florida Keys.

When I first found Restaurant.com, I was planning a trip to Gettysburg PA. So, hubby and I took our grand kids to see a place called Land of the Little Horses. We found a certificate for a nice outside dining restaurant there. I kept checking the website and one day they had a sale of 80% off on their certificates. So, I checked out places to eat and found a great place. Of course, skeptical as I am, I called the Restaurant myself to make sure they took the certificates. The lady on the other end knew exactly what I was talking about but knowing it was a legit place of business to get certificates made me feel better! I sure didn’t want to get to Gettysburg and find out the certificates were a rip off! Continue reading

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Margaritaville on Duval Street

Jimmy Buffet's Maragaritaville


I doubt I have to tell you where the most famous place on Duval Street is, Margaritaville! I couldn’t leave Duval Street without a trip there while we were on our vacation in the Keys. We stopped in right after noon and had one of the famous cheeseburgers in paradise! Cost : $9.99 Yes, it is a tourist trap but we didn’t care, just the experience is well worth the stop. I ordered a beer to go with the Cheeseburger but then watched the bartender making some yummy looking drinks so of course, I had to have one of these,

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Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle

Key West: A Tropical Lifestyle

Architecture on Florida's Key West reflects the diverse and colorful nature of those who have shaped this remote island's character: the grand classical homes of sea captains from New England, the cobbled-together wooden dwellings of ships' carpente
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I Found The Mystery Island Near Key West

In one of my earlier posts, when we were taking a tour of the   Shipwreck Museum in the Keys, I showed you a video as we were on the tower of a mysterious island about a mile from Mallory square. After some research, I found out what it is and just who owns it!

Here it is…..
Sunset Key, Key West

The story behind the island goes way back to The Cold War. Do you remember anything about the Cold War? Well, me neither but all I know is the U.S. Navy bought the island, called it Tank Island and was going to use it for a fuel tank depot, hence the name Tank Island.
They planned to construct 12 fuel tanks but only wound up with two when plans changed. That’s the military, at any given moment something can be scrapped. Continue reading

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The Southernmost Point



When you head down one of the main roads in Key West at the corner of Whitehead and South Street there is a big concrete buoy marking the Southernmost point in the USA. Tourists flock there to get a photo of themselves standing right here 90 miles from Cuba.

Southernmost Point in the USA

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