A small town on the edge of Florida's Everglades National Park, Everglades City is the Stone Crab Capital of the world and gateway to the Ten Thousand Islands National Wildlife Refuge. Florida is famous for its fresh catch seafood with Stone Crabs a seasonal delicacy served hot or cold with lemon, butter or mustard.
Key West, Florida is a popular tourist destination known for its sunny beaches, vibrant nightlife, fishing and recreational water activities. While this eclectic resort island offers plenty of paid activities and attractions, there are also so many free things to do in Key West. Known as a creative haven for artists, poets and writers, don't miss the opportunity to visit the many galleries and studios as you explore the island.
Here we go aging ourselves reminiscing about those old canteen trucks from the 1950's that were on army bases, mobile luncheonettes providing affordable food to blue collar workers outside their place of employment, street food in small push carts offering casual fare, snacks and fast food items on city street corners...fast forward to 2009 and this ever growing, popular, swanky gourmet version of the canteen.
No matter where you live or what you do, time seems to escape us. How many times have we referred to "time flying". Despite our best intentions, popular destinations and points of interest in our own backyard that are enjoyed by visitors are always on our "things to do and see list". One of the most common phrases we hear, at Key West Express is... " I've lived in Florida for XX number of years, but I've never been to Key West." Yes, we get it but, "Why NOT? What are you waiting for?" A staycation to Key West is just what the "ho-hum" doctor ordered.
Sunrise through Sunset...before, after and in between...there is always something happening in Key West. At dusk and after dark, here is a list of things to do in Key West at night.
Only ONCE A YEAR, an unusually exciting event happens in the warm waters of the Florida Keys. Which is home to the only living coral reef that exists in the Continental United States. This teeming backbone of marine life, runs the length of the 125 mile Florida Keys island chain and lies but a short boat ride only 5 miles offshore.
Make your plans for the biggest party of the summer! The 26th annual Key West LobsterFest is being held this year from August 10th until the 13th , 2023.
The very first RokIsland Fest was held, January 14-17th, 2022 brought some of the biggest bands on the planet to the tropical island of Key West for an unforgettable 4 day event that featured headlining acts by BIG names such as Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, Bret Michaels, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, Dokken and so many more. Due to the over the top success of this event, the festival committee decided to add another day to RokIsland Fest 2023.
Did you know that the barrier reef off the coast of the Florida Keys, is the ONLY barrier reef in North America AND is the third largest one in the World? These reefs perform many necessary and environmentally critical functions. As the name implies, it acts as a barrier to the islands behind it, helping to reduce wave and storm action, coming in from the open ocean. It is also a wildlife habitat that is one of the most diverse, in all the world. The reef is home to those animals that never leave the waters here, both fish, plant life and the actual corals themselves. It also acts as a haven to those fish that migrate through these waters as well as a rookery for juvenile fish. Making this biodiverse ecosystem one that must be protected, not only for the enjoyment of all of us, but for our continued ecological life on the this big, blue marble.
Foodies Rejoice! Lee County and Bonita Springs is joining the long list of cities that are developing a full fledged Food Truck Park to tantalize your tastebuds late 2022 or early 2023.