We decided to ignore the logical approach of not driving three hours for the sake of a day and head to The Keys..no need for logic..we couldn't miss it out?! A bit of a flying visit but it was so beautiful, it was well worth it.
The drive through the Keys of south Florida was absolutely stunning with the scenic drive along the U.S 1 overseas highway; surrounded with undisturbed views of bright bright sky and clear blue waters. The route along the highway has large coral life areas and wildlife such as Key deer and crocodiles; although we sadly didn't see them but did get a glimpse of some tiny sharks and some noisy cockerels. Leaving Miami the overseas highway passes through The Keys islands with Key West (the largest and main island) at the end of the 180km scenic drive. Still very tiny the square mass of the Key West is only just over 4 square miles, being approx 4 miles long and 1 mile wide.
The island is full of interest for all ages; historical points, biking, tonnes of water sports, boat trips, shopping, fancy eating, drinking, just sightseeing or relaxing by the sea. We are quite behind schedule so unfortunately our visit to The Keys was brief, for one day only but all the same amazing. Arriving to Key West we take a walk around, the heat is around 35 degrees so we are pretty happy this island is teeny tiny. The main attractions being the main street; Duval Street, Mallory Square and then getting a photo with the Southernmost point concrete buoy. The concrete buoy marks the closest point to Cuba (this is actually a bit of a fib as a minted American man owns an island closer but I didn't like to burst anyone bubble) so there was a fair sized queue waiting to get a snap of it.
Key West has been a friendly, lively, attractive and great place to visit, however, expensive...of course! Travelling down through Florida for anyone who has the money and time a road trip from Jacksonville to the Keys would be a fantastic. I just wish we had more money and time to take advantage of all the activities and explore the surrounding Keys islands, maybe someday we will return, fingers crossed.
We make our way back to the mainland with a calm and colourful sunset, on with the journey.