One of my favorite places to take a weekend getaway without the kids is to the Florida Keys.
Living in Florida almost my entire life, it’s been a place my family vacationed as a child and a place where my husband and I met and have spent many anniversaries.
When I take a trip down to the Florida Keys, I can feel myself start to unwind as we exit off the Homestead extension into Florida City. I kick my shoes off, turn on some tunes and watch the blood flow back to my husband’s knuckles.
One of our favorite cities to visit is Islamorada. We have a few traditions that we want to share. When you get to the Florida Keys, you don’t just drive straight to your hotel. You have to take your time.
5 Places To Stop On Your Way To Islamorada Without Kids
1.Stop At Alabama Jacks located on Card Sound Road.
Card Sound road that seems to lead to nowhere when in fact it takes you to a private resort called The Ocean Reef Club. Also, Card Sound Road is a nice alternative route in case of an accident or bad traffic when entering the Florida Keys.
You’ll drive and say to yourself where is this place Local Mom Scoop speaks of and then it appears on the left before the Card Sound Road bridge. Quickly do a U-Turn and park on your right. Alabama Jacks is your first stop. Get a beer or a soda and some fish dip. Sit at the bar and listen to the chatter. You can check out the license plate décor. Watch the boats going in and out and maybe feed a few greedy fish over the railing. Purchase a koozie or a t-shirt as a memento.
Once you get off Card Sound Road and back onto Route 1, you’ll pass through Key Largo. The closest of the keys and it does have a lot to offer. But we are usually on a mission to get to Islamorada.
2. Shop At The Man’s Mall of Fishing
The World Wide Of Sports or as some know as Bass Pro Shops is usually a pee break from the ride down. First, we check out the aquarium. I can watch my hubby press his face against the glass as he dreams about catching that tarpon. He looks at the t-shirts and I get caught up in the kid’s section trying to find something to buy out of vacation guilt. The store is two stories of everything you need to enjoy the great outdoors or so they say. Between the outdoor library to the Rod and Reel Repair, I think there is something for everyone.
The World Wide of Sports is located at 81576 Overseas Highway in Islamorada. Mile Marker 81.5
3. Feed The Tarpon
This is real! I took this pic while feeding the Tarpon at Robbie’s which is a stop you can pass up. I remember coming here in college, getting my bucket of bait and having the dock to myself. Now it’s become a must-stop if you are traveling through the Florida Keys. Toss a baitfish at these big guys and watch the water churn. Don’t lean over too far or they will nip at your finger if you don’t release that fish fast enough.
Admission to the dock is $2 per person, and each bucket of fish is $3 (tax not included). Robbie’s is located at 77522 Overseas Highway in Islamorada. Mile Marker 77.5
4. Lunch at the Lorelei
If you are not relaxed by the time you get to the Lorelei restaurant, then there is just something wrong with you. All you need at this point is a pair of cut-off jean shorts a cute tank top and your flip-flops. This local restaurant is located on the Florida Bay. Stop for lunch for their signature Rum Runner and enjoy their classic fish sandwich. If you miss lunch, then come back to watch the gorgeous sunset.
Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar is located at Mile Marker 82, Bayside at Islamorada.
5. Dinner at Morada Bay
Nothing like having dinner on the beach. Morada Bay Cafe’ has live music and a delicious menu. You have the option of inside or an outside dining. When it’s lit up at night, it becomes such a romantic spot to celebrate that special occasion like our anniversary. It’s another great spot to watch the spectacular Florida Keys sunsets.
Morada Bay is located at 81600 Overseas Highway in Islamorada.
If you have the chance to take a trip to Islamorada, don’t miss out on these must-have stops.
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