November 03, 2017

Honeymoon in the Florida Keys: Where to Stay, What to Do, & Where to Eat

When we first started we did a post about honeymooning in the Florida Keys. It was a little short, and so we're going at it again to try to relate exactly how beautiful this place is.

The Florida Keys is not be the best place to lounge on the beach, but it *is* one of the best places to snorkel & fish.

Key West can be crowded, so if you want more privacy stay up further in The Keys in Islamadora or Marathon. You can still take a day trip to Key West to take an obligatory photo at the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.

Florida has just been through a series of destructive hurricanes, & we wish everyone there the best in the process of recovery. We have confirmed that all of the following businesses are open, & looking to welcome guests.

Where To Stay in the Florida Keys

The first thing you'll need to do is figure out where to stay. And we've got you covered whether you're looking to stay at a full service resort, a charming bed & breakfast, or you're own private vacation rental.

Shown below, the Southernmost Beach Resort Key West is located in Historic Old Town. You'll want to stay in one of their two charming gingerbread-style houses, La Mer or Dewey, both featuring large porches & ocean views. The amenities include three bars, a restaurant, a private pier, three pools, and two beaches.

The Sunset Key Cottages are located on Sunset Key, a 27 acre island accessible by boat, which is noticeably quieter than the mainland. The cottages, feature wrap-around verandas, surrounded by lush tropical plants and flowering Bougainvillea, And the amenities include a spa, restaurant, white sand beach, and a basket of fresh breads & fruit delivered to your porch each morning.

The newest resort in the Florida Keys, The Marker Waterfront Resort, features floor to ceiling windows with sliding doors that open to private balconies, surrounded by tropical landscaping. And amenities include 3 secluded oasis pools, and a poolside Cal-Mex restaurant, Cero Bodega.

Alexander's Guest House in Key West is comprised of three lovingly renovated homes, each built between 1902-1904. The amenities include a pool, jacuzzi, expanded continental breakfast, a lending library of books & movies, and a daily poolside happy hour from 4:30 to 5:30 PM. Stay in The Apartment suite for your own private entrance, private sun deck, & balcony. This B&B is LGBT friendly & 21+ only.

The most luxurious Key West bed & breakfast stay is to be had at The Mermaid & The Alligator. This Inn features a heated pool, complimentary poolside breakfast, complimentary evening poolside wine, concierge services, plush bath robes, & more. The West Indies themed Caribbean Queen suite features a wraparound veranda overlooking the gardens, private hammock, and a large soaking tub - all perfect for a honeymoon.

And if you're looking for a vacation rental you'll want to check out VRBO, Expedia, & TripAdvisor to find exactly what you're looking for.

What To Do in the Florida Keys

Once you know where you're staying it's time to plan some awesome activities including; snorkeling, scuba diving, parasailing, boat tours, canoeing & kayaking, boat rentals, dolphin & whale watching, or taking a fishing charter.

Take a day trip & hop on a ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West. You can explore the Fort Jefferson National Monument, designated by FDR to the Civil War. There are also bird sanctuaries teeming with life, and snorkeling in the coral reefs 10 feet from shore.

If you're a nature lover visit the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory to see hundreds of exotic birds & butterflies, flowering trees, and tropical plants. You'll also love the National Key Deer Refuge where the miniature Key West deer roam free in the sanctuary. And don't miss the Key West Garden Club, a beautiful garden featuring native flora located right next to the water.

Make time to see the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, if not for the history, then definitely for the 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats that call the property home. Official tours start every ten to fifteen minutes, and last 30 minutes in total.

Beer & rum lovers will want to check out the eight breweries & distilleries located in the Florida Keys including; The Waterfront Brewery in Key West, the First Flight Island Restaurant & Brewery in Key West, Bone Island Brewing in Key West, Key West's First Legal Rum Distillery in Key West, Key West Distilling in Key West, Papa's Pilar Rum Distillery in Key West, the Islamorada Beer Company in Islamorada, and the Florida Keys Brewing Company in Islamorada.

And if you love festivals as much as I do you're going to want to check out what the Keys has to offer including; the Baygrass Bluegrass Festival (Mid January) in Islamorada, the Marathon Seafood Festival (Early March) in Marathon, the Florida Keys Island Fest (Mid April) in Islamorada, The Key Lime Festival (Early July) in Key West, the Key West Lobster Fest (Mid August) in Key West, and of course, the Fantasy Fest (Later October) in Key West.

Where to Eat in the Florida Keys

Pierre's, in Islamorada, is a fine dining establishment featuring menu items like honey-soy-glazed quail and pan-roasted stack of lamb. You can eat by candlelight and watch the sunset from their veranda looking out onto the bay.

Named one of the most romantic restaurants in the U.S., and located right on the beach in Key West, Latitudes is the ultimate in fine dining. Their ever-evolving “work of art” menu incorporates locally sourced fresh fish and tropical fruits cuisine based on what is in-season.

Head into Chef Micheal's, a New American bistro, where the motto is "Peace, Love, & Hogfish." The seafood menu varies according to what's caught that day, but hogfish, the restaurant's the signature fish, is always available in four different preparations.

Louie's Backyard is more casual, also on the water, & located in Key West. They serve a seasonally changing menu with dishes like cracked conch with mango chutney, and lamb chops with sun-dried tomato relish, and tamarind-glazed duck breast.

If it's a clear night and you can snag a reservation, Sundowner's will treat you to a gorgeous sunset over Florida Bay in Key Largo. This low key restaurant serves some amazing food including the key lime seafood, a happy combo of sautéed shrimp, lobster, and lump crabmeat swimming in a tangy sauce spiked with Tabasco.

And of course, you'll need to head to Better Than Sex, a dessert bar located in Key West featuring amazing menu items like The Original "Choco-Cab", House Cab served in a semi-sweet chocolate rimmed wine glass, and the Kinky Key West Cream Pie.

If you know of a great resort, vacation rental, restaurant, or thing to do we didn't mention please let us know in the comments below. :)

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Photo Credit, Top to Bottom & Left to Right: Southernmost Beach Resort Photo via Key Wests Finest, Sunset Key Cottages Photo via, The Marker Waterfront Resort Photo via Carroll Adams, Alexander's Guest House Photo via Gay Key West,  The Mermaid & The Alligator Photo via The Mermaid & The Alligator, Sea Turtle Photo via Bartolomeo Bove (Youtube), Dry Tortuga National Park Photo via, Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory Photo via Charlotte Spokes People, Hemingway’s Six-Toed Cats via N.Y. Times, Florida Keys Brewing Company Photo via Miami New Times, Marathon Seafood Festival Photo via @ The Office, Pierre's Restaurant Photo via Ocean Drive, Latitude Restaurant Photo via Pinterest, Chef Michael's Photo via Chef Michael's, Louie Backyard Photo via BSInfoDigital, Sundowner's Restaurant Photo via TripAdvisor, Better Than Sex Photo via E Online

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