The first Floridian Keys are 2 hours away from Miami,

no doubt worth a visit or more!

When I first heard about moving to Miami, I immediately thought about the Keys…I always wanted to discover the dreamy bridges linking Florida Keys. You know, the ones you can see in movies (or in Dexter ultimate season), driving your -open-top- car as if you were flying over the sea…

Well, it is not exactly the daydream I imagined… You will hardly see the sea from the bridges only. Elsewhere looks more like an ordinary American suburb. Anyway, it is a special and peaceful place… just need to know the nicest spots.

 

Though it might look quite close on a map, it will take you around 4 hours to get to Key West from Miami (there are like millions of traffic lights on the way…). So we chose to stop half-way in Islamorada and found a gorgeous hotel, the Amara Cay Resort. With a tasteful decoration, a charming lobby and a private access to the sea, and even Nuxe products in the bathroom, which is something special for a Parisian…

Selfie wall in the Amara Cay dreamy nesty lobby


By the way, there is one advise we will rarely find in touristic guides… you will find close to no access to the sea if not private… So you’d better select your hotel with this in mind.

The quirkiest place is unquestionably the Robbie’s, such an stunning and “hippie” place, refreshing! You can have a beer here, enjoy a live concert, rent kayaks or even feed tarpons and exceptionally manatees.


We had a ride from the Robbie’s to the uninhabited Indian Island, such a thrill for the kids, feeling like being Robinson Crusoe. And I got my flight over the sea…

On your way back to Miami, you can have a great and chilling lunch at the Morada Bay Beach Café, a colorful and quiet place.

I cannot close this post without a sweet tip: I had the best Key Lime pie ever at the Blond Giraffe. If you like lime pies, you have to stop there! (I have to confess that I could drive the 2 hours from Miami just to have a piece of it…)

Next time, we will go further to Key West, another post coming. Any advice will be welcome! Feel free to comment below…