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My Trip to the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a top destination for visitors of all ages and make a classic Florida road trip. The Florida Keys are known for long sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, fresh seafood, and a vibrant culture. My trip to the Florida Keys was amazing. I had been to Florida before, but this trip was made incredible by our awesome hosts and travel buddies!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

The Florida Keys

The Florida Keys are a coral island archipelago near the southeastern tip of Florida. This 125 mile long chain of islands is connected by the Overseas Highway — a.k.a. U.S. Route 1. The drive to Key West is one of America’s most iconic road trips. The drive only takes about 3 hours, but it is one of those trips that you will want to take slow to enjoy all that the Keys has to offer. A popular road trip is the drive from Miami to Key West.

Florida Keys Quick Facts

  • There are 42 bridges connecting the islands of the Florida Keys. The longest is Seven-mile Bridge, which is a famous Florida landmark and 35,716 feet long. The shortest is Harris Gap, which is only 37 feet long. When you drive the Overseas Highway, 15% of your travel time in the Keys is spent on bridges!
  • Key West is the southernmost city in the continental US and is actually closer to Havana, Cuba than to Miami, Florida.
  • The Florida Keys are home to a wide variety of plant and animal life. Mangroves, sea grasses, and coral reefs are abundant and more than 600 species of fish live in the reefs.
  • Green mile markers along the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, descending in order from mile marker 113 at the Miami-Dade/Monroe County line to marker 0 in Key West, are often used as locators.
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Day 1 – Key Lago to Islamorada

Once we landed in Fort Lauderdale, we headed straight for an awesome, authentic lunch at The Fish House in Key Lago. We got the vibe of The Keys from this place – laid back, casual, and nothing but a fun time! We finished up lunch and headed out to the gorgeous Hadley House in Islamorada where we stayed for first part of our trip. I can’t brag about this place enough – I literally did not want to leave?!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

If you are looking for help planning your next trip, check out my travel resource guide.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

The brand new beach-themed Hadley House is set right on the Overseas Highway, where it is only a 2 mile drive to The Theatre of the Sea and a 5 minute walk to the History of Diving Museum. There was SO MUCH TO DO around the resort! Which is all I ever really need! The hotel also has paddle boards and kayaks that you can use at anytime.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

If hotels aren’t your jam, there are many great AirBNB’s in Key West that you could check out when planning your trip.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

We finished out the day super low-key by going to Ciao Hound for some delicious Tuscan-Keys infused food along with some Rack Pack-era tunes.

A special thank you to Brendan Williams for joining me on this trip and taking photos.

Day 2 – Feeding Tarpon & Parasailing

Time to let the adventures begin! Our first stop of the day was at Robbie’s Marina where we had the chance to feed buckets of food to a very large, hungry tarpon. But then immediately after, we went to The Hungry Tarpon restaurant to feed our own selves with large quantities of food. The seafood in the Keys is sooooo good!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Robbie’s Marina

After our little tarpon bellies were full (how many times can I say “tarpon” in a single blog?!) we took to the skies and parasailed with Robbie’s Marina. I soared over the open water and saw miles of nothing short of beauty. Some sights were the Indian Key, Everglades National Park, and Alligator Lighthouse. If you saw my IG story while I was parasailing – yes, I was holding on for dear life to my phone!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Florida Keys Aquarium

So what is the opposite of flying high? Swimming low, of course! Our next stop was the Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters where we went for an unforgettable snorkeling dive to the coral reef.

With a quick stop to grab some infamous Lobster Reubens from Keys Fisheries, I was really starting to feel like a local! This place has some of the freshest seafood in town because it is actually a huge fish export on the coast. They really are fresh off the boat!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

All the Good Eats!

But our day is far from over – onto beer tasting! We had a wonderful tour and tasting at the Florida Keys Brewing Co. They’ve been opened since 2015 and have brought tasty local flavors into their beers ever since!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

The day ended with an extravagant dinner at Chef Michael’s. With so many fresh and fancy seafood options like hogfish or lionfish, I know I’m never going to find better seafood. I had the tuna and it was so tasty. I basically ate fish and seafood all week and loved it ALL.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

This whole trip has me planning more getaways in the south of the US. There are so many areas I would love to see on future trips.

Key West Trip Vlog

Check out my Key West trip vlog below or on YouTube for better quality.

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Day 3 – Key West

The group stopped for a quick bite of the biggest and gooiest cinnamon roll I have ever seen from a local favorite, Bob’s Bunz, then we rolled out to Key West! Once we arrived at The Perry Hotel Key West, I had to remind myself we still had a day’s worth of things to do because those views made me have literal heart eyes!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

While you are at the Perry Hotel you can rent these super cute aquamarine scooters! It is the perfect way to explore Key West.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

I lived my 8 year old self’s dream by having the time of my adult life at the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. These flowers of the sky lit up my world as I was able to witness them flutter around as I learned more about what these incredible people are doing to preserve the different species of butterflies.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Then came our Mallory Glow Tour where we literally rode around the water on our hydrobikes. HY-DRO-BIKES. It was equal parts the funniest but coolest thing I have ever experienced. All of us couldn’t stop laughing and had such a great time pedaling along the water.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

We took a stroll down Shrimp Road (literally – that was the name!), we had a luxurious dinner prepared for us by Matt’s Stock Island Kitchen + Bar (at the Perry Hotel) where we enjoyed what they describe their menu as “American coastal comfort foods.”

Day 4 – Boat Tour & Helicopter Ride

Our breakfast to-go was provided by the lovely people of Fisherman’s Cafe Key West that gave us the tastiest breakfast they have lots of options and gluten free options as well, we’ve had on this trip!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Honest Eco Tours

The only reason why we couldn’t stop long to enjoy the ambience of the awesome little café was because we had to go to my favourite adventure of the entire trip – DOLPHIN WATCHING + SNORKELING! We joined a tour given by Honest Eco whose name comes from their eco-friendly dives and sea creature conservation. We were so excited for this Key West sustainable boat adventure with Honest Eco Tours.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

On this snorkelling and diving boat tour, we had a chance to go kayaking through the uninhabited Mangrove Islands, snorkeling in the calm Key West National Wildlife Refuge, and the toured concludes with a scenic sunset from the boat. We had a blast and would love to do more kayaking in the Florida Keys next time we visit.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Air Adventure Key West

Our next adventure of the day was a doors off helicopter flight with Air Adventure Key West. The view was amazing and I highly recommend it if you get a chance.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!
Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

To end a beautiful evening, we stopped to have a Mojito making lesson at the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery. Personally, I ADORE mojitos, so I was too down for this activity! Fact – we had a lot of fun here!

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

If you are looking for a dinner recommendation in Key West, check out Lucy’s Retired Surfer’s Bar for tasty coastal-inspired cuisine and surfer-inspired cocktails.

For those that want to experience the Key West night-life, I would suggest you head to Virgilio’s (Located behind La Trattoria) or Sloppy Joe’s, which was a regular hangout of Ernest Hemingway during the 1930s.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

Day 5 – Good-bye Florida Keys

We had the BEST departure breakfast. The place is called Blue Heaven, because, well, it’s a little piece of heaven in a little blue building right by the bluest water you have ever seen! The site is actually pretty historic, too. Home of former Friday-night boxing matches that were refereed by Mr. Ernest Hemingway himself, you can feel that kind of energy the moment you step inside.

Blogger Bella Bucchiotti of xoxoBella.com shares about her trip to The Florida Keys and Key West. She went on a boat tour with Honest Eco Tours, ate some great food, went parasailing and lots more!

We flew out of the airport in Key West, which was a very easy way to end the trip to the Florida Keys. Overall, it was a beautiful trip that I loved SO MUCH. And I really am missing sandy and sunny beaches while I’m back home in the cold! But now I’m snuggled tight at home with Beau and honestly, there really is no place like home!

This post has been sponsored by The Florida Keys & Key West. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the destinations that support me.

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17 Comments

  1. The photos look like such fun! Florida is one of the places I’d like to visit, if I ever went to the US again!

    Posted 12.27.19 Reply
  2. Heather Castillo wrote:

    The Florida Keys is one of our favorite destinations! We love the laid back vibe.

    Posted 12.27.19 Reply
  3. Kileen wrote:

    This looks like you had a great trip! The Florida Keys look like an amazing place!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    Posted 12.27.19 Reply
  4. I went to Florida several years ago. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to have as much fun as you have had. I am planning a return trip using your trip as my inspiration.

    Posted 12.28.19 Reply
  5. Amber Dawn wrote:

    Well I am sitting here all covered in a blanket wishing I was on the sandy beaches because it is cold! Looks like you had a great trip and did a lot of fun activities 🙂

    Posted 12.28.19 Reply
  6. Angela wrote:

    It looks like you had a blast! I just love the Keys, especially Key West!!

    Posted 12.28.19 Reply
  7. Rose Ann Sales wrote:

    Wow.. Nice pics! You have a wonderful time in Florida.. The place and activities are so fun..! I would love to go parasailing too, looks very exciting..!

    Posted 12.28.19 Reply
  8. Dressed To Kill wrote:

    This is great! ALl photos look amazing! Maybe one day I will visit Florida 🙂

    Posted 12.29.19 Reply
  9. Jackline A wrote:

    Your pictures are so amazing and it looks like you had a wonderful time in Florida. Always love reading your travel adventures.

    Posted 12.29.19 Reply
  10. Bee K wrote:

    That looks like a blast! I love all the pictures. My parents go quite often but we haven’t taken our kids to the Keys yet!

    Posted 12.29.19 Reply
  11. What a wonderful trip and look at all that water! I would love to eat at the Fish House in Key Lago.

    Posted 12.29.19 Reply
  12. Samar wrote:

    The floral design really gets the best out of you.

    Loved the pictures, hope you had a great time.

    Posted 12.29.19 Reply
  13. DelhiFunDos wrote:

    That’s a gorgeous location I can’t wait to visit. I wonder how much would it cost from India. And you clicked some amazing pictures

    Posted 12.29.19 Reply
  14. TweenselMom wrote:

    You obviously had an amazing time. The scooter part is one thing I haven’t tried and I’m thrilled to do it.

    Posted 12.30.19 Reply
  15. Bindu Thomas wrote:

    What an amazing trip! Would love to try all these, though I know I wouldn’t survive the parasailing.
    Happy New Year!

    Posted 12.30.19 Reply
  16. Emmanuel King wrote:

    I love the pictures… Such a beautiful place to visit

    Posted 12.31.19 Reply
  17. Bill wrote:

    Thank you for this post!! Made my day!

    Bill
    https://dygreencard.com/

    Posted 2.10.21 Reply
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