I was lucky enough to be able to visit Florida twice this year. In the spring, we went to Siesta Key for a week and in the fall, decided to switch coasts and visited the Ft. Lauderdale area and Upper Keys for 11 days. I can see why the beaches of Siesta Key were recently named the best in America – they go on forever, they’re deep and the sand is white and as soft as powder. Throw in amazing sunsets every evening and a Siesta Key beach life is a life for me.
The visit to the Upper Keys only confirmed what I already knew – I was in love. When you leave the US mainland and cross over to the Keys, you literally cross over to a different world. The laid back lifestyle of the locals appealed to this lover of the “rush slowly” Caribbean islands and contrasted mightily with the hyperactive buzz you find in the Miami area. I would have been surprised if the Keys disappointed and they did not. In fact, we are already planning a Keys road trip in March.