Take Me Away (to Florida)

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Now that we are just a few weeks out from our trip to Florida, I have to follow my blogging tradition of asking you all for official suggestions.

We'll be in Key West for four days. We'll be in Miami for two days.

We're open for suggestions on anything--activities, restaurants, landmarks, etc. For Miami, we're even open to suggestions for places to stay, as we haven't booked anything for that leg of the trip yet. We've been attempting to bid on hotels on Priceline, but haven't had any luck so far. We are hoping to stay in Miami Beach somewhere. But again, open to what you have to say on the matter. Our budget is moderate, as we'll spend most of our time our exploring, not in the hotel.

Also, as a reminder, we're flying into Miami, staying in a hotel somewhere (we'll definitely use Priceline for that night), then getting up early the next day and driving down to Key West to start our trip there. So we're also looking for the "insider" tips on where to stop along the way! We're prepared to take our time getting down to Key West, so we're willing to make multiple stops throughout the Keys. (Later in the week, we'll drive back up to Miami to spend the remainder of our trip.)

What are the must-sees? Must-dos? The not-worth-its?

Annnnd... go. :)


Julibean March 27, 2010 at 10:13 AM  

Key West is one of our favorite family vacation spots. I've probably been about 6 times by now. When we go we almost always hit up these places; we stay at the Southernmost On the Beach, make sure to have breakfast at the outside cafe with our feet in the sand, visit the southernmost point and take a picture, drive down to Mallory Square and park the car, walk around the outdoor markets, get some ice cream at the train stop, have lunch at the rooftop cafe (delicious) and beautiful. Then lastly make sure to take in the sunset celebration on the pier near Mallory Square at least one night and sip margaritas while you watch the crazy sidewalk acts (we especially love the ridiculous cat guy).

The train tour is an interesting way to learn more about the island and the history of Key West but if you're not into that sort of thing I'd say just walk around and do some shopping.

Heather March 27, 2010 at 10:19 AM  

That's funny, Juli... that's exactly where we are staying. :) We splurged a little to stay somewhere nice. I'm so excited about the hotel!

Thanks for the tips.

Miss. Candy March 27, 2010 at 5:14 PM  

We got married in Key West!!! I hope you have a great trip! Sloppy Joe's is a must!!!!

Jacqueline March 28, 2010 at 12:38 PM  

You MUST get a slice of frozen key lime pie dipped in dark chocolate!
It's very rich, so one is enough to share!
I believe we went to the key lime pie factory for that.

The butterfly conservatory was REALLY cool. LOTS of butterflies, and lots to learn. Take the half hour to do this tour for sure.

Everything else was really just walking around. Lots of little shops & what not.


V,  March 28, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

I hope the weather cooperates with your trip! We've been having some really, REALLY great days and then, really, crappy days :(

Lindsay March 29, 2010 at 9:30 AM  

I have never been to Key West or Miami so my only suggestion is to have a blast!! Enjoy every moment with eachother.

Take care!

Elise March 30, 2010 at 12:11 PM  

Southernmost is amazingly beautiful, totally worth a splurge!

If you guys are into water sports there are boats like the Party Cat that go out for 4-6hrs, include lunch and guarantee to tucker you out.

If you'd rather be less active, I once did a sunset cruise on the Liberty Clipper that included dinner and it was very relaxing and the food was yummy to boot.

Wishing on stars April 8, 2010 at 2:02 AM  

I'm so jealous! I love Key West. I can't really remember much about the drive from Miami, it was a while ago that my husband and I went (we were just out of high school and dating at the time) I so love it there. I hope you have fun!

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