At the end of January I jumped at the chance to tag along on a business trip to Florida. After MONTHS of the cold, blah winter, warm temps and sparkling waters were just what I needed to reenergize.
We covered a lot of Florida in one week, starting with the new-to-us West coast. After swooning over Naples (where I found many a dream home) and exploring Anna Maria Island we headed to West Palm Beach.
This was the work part of the trip…but not for me! I managed to take a stroll along the ocean every morning and devoured the most delish fish ever found in a strip mall.
We hopped down to Miami one afternoon to see The Wynwood Walls. They were amazingly inspiring. After the work was done we headed to The Keys to relax…ahhhhh.
Key West is my jam. The vibe, the colors, the warmth. I always come back from a trip refreshed and wanting to do ALL the things. You too?
ANNA MARIA ISLAND
Silver Surf Gulf Beach Resort for an affordable hotel with beach access
The Island Cabana and Pink & Navy Boutique for shopping
Shiny Fish Emporium is a fun shop with a little
Poppo’s Taqueria has delish tacos
Food Shack the BEST fish
The Wynwood Walls because they’re amazing…and pictures!
THE FLORIDA KEYS
Key Largo Conch House everything is excellent here, especially the conch
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park to kayak through mangroves
Rainbow Reef Dive Center if you want to dive, snorkel or be awesome
Creekside Inn and Casa Mar Village for waterfront dining (Fresh Press Cafe, Made 2 Order), shopping (Muchie’s Skin, April Daze) and manatee watching
Whale Harbor Marina to catch a sport fishing boat or an excellent view
Robbie’s of Islamorada to feed the tarpon
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory to relax, cool off and be enveloped by butterflies
Southernmost Point because you must
La Crêperie for the best crepes of your life (no, sersiously)
Bahama Village for shopping, where you’ll find excellent shops such as Besame Mucho
Gilded Peach my fav jewelry made by a Baltimorean who transplanted to Key West!
For my comprehensive Keys picks, give my story in the March/April 2015 issue of Inspired Living Omaha a read!