We still went, though. We flew into Miami and rented a car to drive down the Keys. The traffic was pretty bad -- after all, we decided to go during the very busiest time of year -- but the drive was fairly scenic and we could open the windows and smell the salt air. Once we got outside of the hectic Miami area, we were on a mostly two-lane road for miles and miles, crawling along at less than 20 miles per hour.
We stayed in a very nice bed and breakfast, the Barnacle Inn on Big Pine Key. We had actually stayed there quite a few years ago and really liked the quiet location. We could see so many stars at night, and there are small dog-sized key deer all over the island in the evening and morning hours.
Some photos from the B&B:
|Deer nibbles on landscaping at the B&B|
|Courtyard from the rooftop|
|Sunrise over the private beach|
|View from the roof|
|Little tiki hut for B&B guests|
We also got to spend some time on a beautiful beach a few minutes from where we were staying, Bahia Honda State Park.
Key West was only an hour away when we wanted more excitement:
|Old Town House decorated for Christmas|
|One of the beautiful roosters wandering everywhere|
|Performer at the drag show at Bourbon St. Pub|
|Yes, he is wearing a suit, it's just very small. And also a matching hat and elbow-length gloves.|
|My husband took this photo of me kayaking.|
My favorite part of the trip was snorkeling on Looe Key. We went with Strike Zone and they were great. My swim skills came in very handy. I felt totally comfortable in the water and got to see beautiful fish, coral, and even a shark. I moved very quickly away from the shark, which turned out to be totally harmless.