Kokomo in the Florida Keys?

Off the Florida Keys there’s a place called Kokomo

That’s where you wanna go to get away from it all

Bodies in the sand, tropical drink melting in your hand

We’ll be falling in love to the rhythm of a steel drum band

Down in Kokomo



Does Kokomo really exist in the Florida Keys? If you’ve never heard of Kokomo, it was from a song the Beach Boys sang and everyone thought it was in the Florida Keys. Well, turns out Kokomo isn’t even close to Florida. It is in Indiana. This midwestern city is known as the “City of Firsts” thanks to its rich automotive heritage and history of technological discoveries. So, why has everyone been searching for Kokomo in the Florida Keys?

Seems that the writers of this Beach Boy song thought they made it up. They had no idea a place called Kokomo even existed. It actually was supposed to represent any tropical place where people would want to get away to escape everyday life. It could be anywhere in your dreams where you were wishing to be in a tropical place and enjoying the laid back life.

When I checked my sources on Wikipedia, they say something similar yet different. Sandals Cay used to be called Kokomo Island and is part of the privately owned Sandals Royal Caribbean all-inclusive resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The original name for the island came from the song “Kokomo,” performed by The Beach Boys. The inspiration for the song was a pool-side bar in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys.

So where is this poolside bar in Islamorada? If you go to the Florida Keys and ask any of the people there, they may just put up a sign at their local bar and give you a hearty “right here”. No one seems to know. But it sounds to me like Kokomo is anywhere in the Keys because it is all an island tropical paradise.

Until next time…….


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