Updated: Dec 6, 2019
Winter is Coming: I know we’ve heard this rather overused phrase a million times by now, thanks to Game of Thrones. ‘The North’ knows winter very well and anticipates its arrival as snowbirds pack their bags and prepare to flock south to warmer havens. This year why not conceder heading a bit further south? No, not to Cuba; but somewhere down there.
Some time back, we took it upon us to touch the most south of the American mainland. In a search of the sun, we crossed the Floridian marshes and stumbled upon this piece of land floating closer to Cuba than it is to the USA. We spent the next few weeks exploring this cluster of islands that oozes out community and culture. The Most amazing thing about this journey was that the picturesque views began way before we actually hit the key strip, with the emerald blue ocean on both sides and the Floridan breeze welcoming you to paradise, the highway connecting the keys to Miami-mainland is a sight for sore eyes, nowhere close to the nest but it had already started feeling like home to this Canadian snowbird.
The first step along the strip was Key Lardo, famous for the John Pennekamp state park and coral reef. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood to sparkle/scuba; the glass bottom boat tours would make stopping here worth your while. John Pennekamp is Americas first marine reserve, you would not only be able to visit the underwater wonders, but you could also volunteer at the reef restoration centre if that’s your calling. Looking to catch yourself a fresh dinner? You’re in luck! The next stop on the strip is known as a fishing paradise and the sport fishing capital of the world. Islamorada and the upper key islands would give your scenes a refresher course to what you’ve been missing and prepare you for what’s to come your way.
Not long after we hit our destination for the winter. Regardless of whether you’re getting an inn or have plans to camp out on your trailer key west has lots to offer. Famous authors like Hemingway to everyday artists, everyone who has come this way have found their place in the untouched wonders of the Key West; Everyday is a carnival and every corner is a new colour in the spectrum of culture and diversity here at the keys. The air is full of life and the land is full of adventure.
I wonder what adventure is waiting for you in this magical land!