GUEST ARTICLE: The Florida Keys are populated by a strange mixture of old folks and young party animals. If were to imagine a perfect place for the infamous American Spring Break Key West would be the place!
photo credit: markus
Ola! We just drove through the Florida Keys and up to South Beach in Miami. “Ola” you say? Yes! We’ve discovered there are quite a few Spanish speaking people in the Florida area, luckily for us we just flew in from South America so we still had our lingo going on.
We flew into Miami at night and drove down to the Florida Keys and camped out in Key Largo. When we awoke the next morning we were greeted with warm beautiful weather and clean air! Something we hadn’t had for a while since touring Peru, it sure felt good to give the old lungs a break
That morning we drove about 126 miles down the Keys to Key West. The drive was really picturesque with magnificent ocean views of the Caribbean and plenty of palm trees. Key West was different, we drove in about 11 in the morning and there were already vast amounts of people in full party mode. The streets had an old fashioned feel with typical southern architecture and lots of tourist shops selling funny t-shirts that I would never wear in front of granny, and bars promising ‘a good time’.
We thought the Keys were nice and we heard the fishing and snorkeling/diving are pretty spectacular, unfortunately we weren’t able to partake in any of those because a cold spell had just gone through
On our last day we drove into Miami. It was nice to get a taste of the Everglades on the way in and it was also interesting to see the Crocodile Crossing signs along the road accompanied by fragrant swamp smells mmmm… alright, who did it?
photo credit: Joe Shlabotnik
Miami is pretty impressive, especially Miami and South Beach. The enormous upscale condos lining the soft never-ending white sandy beaches were amazing! That place just stunk of wealth, no South American cement boxes to be seen there.
We were sad we didn’t have more time to spend in Miami; I don’t think we’d do the Keys again, once was enough for us. We would like to check out their famous Everglades and giant Theme Parks though and we hear they also have some pretty nice public parks worth visiting.
This travel diary has been written by Rob Gower, a friend who enjoys taking roads less traveled!