If you’re looking for a spot with a ton of activities, sun, awesome people, and beautiful views of our ocean.. look no further than the Florida keys. Me and my friends took our annual girls trip here for a 3 day weekend and had a blast!
First, you gotta pick the date of the trip, which is half the battle when it’s a group of people. We like to use the app doodle to vote on which days work best for everyone.
Choosing where to stay was the next battle as you don’t want to be too far from things to do but also don’t want to drop $$$ for where you’re going to sleep. We decided on the 24 North Hotel. It was about 20 minutes from the downtown Key West area but they have a free shuttle! We also were able to get a room with an ocean view. Oh, did I mention there’s a Starbucks right next to the hotel?
The day after we drove into Key West we had a tour planned with Furry Adventure Sports, I highly recommend booking a tour with a company like this or another boat tour because when you’re in the Keys you want to be out on the water, unless you have a boat, you’re going to have to opt for a tour. We booked the ultimate adventure tour, which included snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, banana boat rides, and they served us lunch and drinks! We had a great time and all got to try something new.
In the evening we made our way down to Mallory square to catch the sunset. Mallory square is also where people put on their own unique shows. We had one person playing with fire, another playing music, and one guy had about 40 people around him just doing random acrobatic moves. If you’re waiting for your dinner reservation, definitely check out this spot. We booked our dinner reservation at El Meson De Pepe’s Restaurant for dinner, it has amazing Cuban food and perfect after a long day out on the water.
Our 2nd day was all about doing our own exploring. We grabbed brunch with some spiked mimosas and coffees at The Breakfast Club Too. After, we walked around and checked out all of the roosters that just roam around and found a spot to rent some bikes. Biking is one of the best ways to get around downtown Key West since it’s not a large island and parking is very minimal. We biked over to some of the top touristy spots, the southern most point and mile marker 0. Also, biking with a group of your girls is fun! Grab a beach cruiser and stroll around!
Note: Bring water if you are going in the summer! The southern most point destination always has a line and you will start sweating, you don’t want to get dehydrated on your vacation!
When in Key West, you have to try and find the best Key Lime pie shop. I am not a key lime pie person, the tartness just doesn’t do it for me, but man Kermit’s Key West Lime Shoppe, has bomb Key lime pie, Key lime salsa, key lime pops, and anything else you can think of! I even bought some key lime juice to take home for cooking. When you need a break from the bikes or the hot sun, check out this spot!
Our last evening we went to check out the night life. The bars that were the most packed were Sloppy Joe’s, Flying Monkey’s, and The bull. I liked the Bull because it had different levels you could go up to. Don’t worry about a set destination for night life though, If you set your Uber destination for anywhere on Duval Street, you’ll be good to go! All of the bars in that area have history and great drinks.
The next morning we relaxed by the pool at our hotel for a chill morning before heading back on the road. Once you leave your hotel, don’t think the adventure is over yett! On your way up the key’s you have to stop at Robbie’s in Islamorada to feed the Tarpon’s! It’s the thing to do.
*This wouldn’t be a good post on visiting the Florida Keys without taking a moment to address REEF SAFE SUNSCREEN. Many boat tours are also requiring you to use reef safe sunscreen when participating in their adventures. Coral reef bleaching is harming the beautiful water life in the Keys due to the harmful chemicals not only for the fish, but those chemical sunscreens aren’t great for humans either. Let’s keep our ocean beautifully balanced with reef safe sunscreen!
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