The Florida Keys is an island chain which begins in the southeastern coast of the Florida peninsula and curves to the southwest, ending just 90 miles north of Cuba. The Overseas Highway, a segment of US-1, goes through the Florida Keys from the southern tip of Florida until the last inhabited, and most populous island: Key West, the “Conch Republic”. This unique road was originally the Overseas Railroad, constructed by Henry Flagler in the 1910’s. After it was destroyed by the Labor Day hurricane of 1935, it was repurposed as a highway for motor vehicles.
It would be nearly impossible to summarize the whole keys experience in one blog post, let alone one video, so I’m just going to show you a few of the many things you could do on one long weekend as we drive the 127 miles from Florida City to Key West. Along the way there are numerous restaurants and bars, many of them offering excellent seafood and key lime pie. There are also many places, some of them kind of hidden, where you can go kayaking or snorkeling. You can even swim with manatees.
In this video we just focus on our first RV experience at the keys. We camp at the Sugarloaf Key/Key West KOA campground, 20 miles away from Key West. At the campground we do some kayaking and relax at the heated pool. We also drive down to Key West for the sunset celebration at Mallory Square and some mojitos at the Meson de Pepe. And, no, this time we didn’t go to the “southernmost point in the continental USA”. It is just a lame piece of concrete, and fake anyways. The naval air station is further south, but if you still want to see it here’s a picture of it from some years back.
There is so much to see in the keys that every time I go I discover something new. Check out the video I made of our most recent long weekend at this idyllic place.
We stayed at the Sugar Loaf Key / Key West KOA
We partied at Mangrove Mama’s
We ate at the Blue Haven
We drank at El Meson de Pepe
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park is another great place to spend a day at the keys. There is a glass bottom boat tour that goes out to Biscayne National Park and over the coral reef. You can also go kayaking and there are many other activities. Here’s one of my older videos of that experience below.