Eating Your Way Through the Florida Keys

Key Lime Pie

Of the many wonderful things about taking a vacation, experiencing the way the locals live and the lifestyle they enjoy really lets you get to know an area and its culture. Food is an important part of any region’s culture, as is the specific way it is prepared.

You can get to know the people and places of the Florida Keys by tasting their region dishes, which always becomes a favorite of the many visitors to the Islands. The popular ingredients in the dishes in the Keys reflect a variety of cultural influences including those from our Spanish, Bahamian, Caribbean, and American friends. Since commercial fishing is one of the largest industries in the Islands, our local menus also include an abundance of fresh seafood.

Whether you choose to try your hand at making these local delicacies in the kitchen of your vacation villa in Islamorada, at a popular restaurant in the Florida Keys, or have them specially prepared for you by a local chef in your luxury Florida Keys vacation rental home, you are guaranteed to love every bite!

 

When you plan a luxury vacation in the Florida Keys, you will definitely be tempted by these local favorites!

 

Eating Local in the Florida Keys

  • Key Lime Pie – The official Florida State Pie, Key Lime is probably the most common item on restaurants throughout the Islands, where its Key West roots have been traced back to the early 20th century. No trip is complete without a slice of Key Lime Pie.
  • Conch – Whether you like your conch in fritters as most locals do, or cracked on top of a fresh salad, you will find many dishes made from this popular Key West favorite. Pronounced KONK, the large sea snails and the Queen Conch is the namesake of the Florida Keys Conch Republic.
  • Spiny Lobster – Unlike their Northern counterparts, the Spiny Lobsters of the Florida Keys don’t have claws, but instead are coveted for their sweet and tender tail meat. Lobster season runs from August. 6 to March 31, when local restaurants serve them steamed or boiled with melted butter.
  • Key West Pink Shrimp – Almost 80% of the nation’s supply of Key West Pink Shrimp comes from the Gulf of Mexico, where they develop their distinctive pink color. The Pink shrimp are tender and sweet and popular with locals.
  • Stone Crabs – Known for their sweet, succulent meat claw, Stone Crabs are a popular delicacy in the Keys. In fact, the Florida Keys are responsible for nearly all the state’s stone crab claw harvest.

Plan Your Escape to the Florida Keys Today!

If hearing about all of these wonderful flavors has you ready for a vacation in the Florida Keys, we can’t blame you. Contact the experienced travel planning team at KeysCaribbean for the perfect luxury vacation villa, waterfront condo, or amazing private vacation home in the Florida Keys. Contact us at (305) 853-5000 or online here today!

Dinner with a View in the Florida Keys

Dinner with a View

The only thing better than dining on fresh, local seafood in one of the amazing restaurants in the Florida Keys, is the breathtaking water views that come with it! From elegant dining to sea-side shacks, there are a wide variety of dining options sure to please everyone.  If you’re feeling the Island vibe and want to enjoy a delicious dinner with a view in the Keys, you definitely don’t want to miss these favorites!

Best Restaurants With a View in the Florida Keys

  • The Fish House Restaurant and Seafood Market – Located on Key Largo, The Fish House has been a Key Largo dining tradition since 1982. Visitors and locals flock to this popular gathering place for fresh local seafood dishes with a fun, friendly and casual “Keys Style” atmosphere.
  • The Lorelei Cabana Bar and Marina – Known as “The Pulse of Islamorada” by locals, The Lorelei Cabana Bar and Marina features fresh, local seafood and delicious boat drinks to get you in the tropical mood. Enjoy breathtaking views and their world-famous Sunset Celebrations nightly!
  • Hideaway Café – Award-winning cuisine and an amazing ocean view are what makes the Hideaway Café on Grassy Key so popular among those who like to get away from it all. It has a reputation for excellence in serving top-notch cuisine with a unique dining experience like no other.
  • Island Fish Company –Enjoy spectacular sunset views and tropical scenes while you dine on local seafood and Island favorites at Island Fish Company. A great place to relax, pull up a barstool at the longest tiki bar in Florida and soak in the Florida Keys vibe.
  • Blue Heaven – This fun and funky restaurant is a Key West destination of its own, but don’t let the whimsical décor fool you: the food is taken seriously. Located in historic Bahama Village, Blue Heaven, one of the most casual Key West restaurants, features indoor and outdoor dining, live entertainment, and American, Caribbean and vegetarian cuisine.

Let KeysCaribbean Help Plan Your Luxury Vacation in the Florida Keys

The team at KeysCaribbean is here to help you plan the luxury vacation in the Florida Keys you have been dreaming of! Enjoy first class service when you stay at one of these grand resorts in the Florida Keys or a luxury private vacation home with endless tropical views. Book your luxury Florida Keys vacation today with KeysCaribbean today at 305-853-5000 or contact us online here for more information about renting luxury Florida Keys vacations homes for your escape.

Popular Must Visit Beach Bars in the Florida Keys

Sunset Grille Raw Bar

The Florida Keys and a frozen concoction from a world-famous beach bar just seem to go hand in hand. It is your duty as a visitor of the Keys, to experience these popular establishments and the signature drinks they are so well-known for! Here’s a list of some of the favorite places in the Islands to kick back and relax with a tropical drink and enjoy some time in the paradise we call the Florida Keys!

Best Beach Bars in the Florida Keys

  • Margaritaville – No trip to the Keys would be complete without a visit to the infamous original Margaritaville in Key West. Made popular by tropical crooner Jimmy Buffett, it’s a great place to hear live music and enjoy a margarita in paradise!
  • No Name Pub – Located on Big Pine Key, the No Name Pub is no ordinary pub. In fact, it has been awarded top scores for food and service in the ZAGAT Survey’s Casual Dining category for many years! This old rustic bar has a fun vibe and is plastered with autographed dollar bills. Those in the know say this Big Pine Key bar is “worth the drive.”
  • Sunset Grille & Raw Bar – Perfectly situated on Marathon Key at the base of the historic 7-Mile Bridge, Sunset Grille is an amazing oceanfront venue and a great place to watch the sunset while having dinner or drinks. The South Seas Style tiki hut with a sandy beach has a large oceanfront deck with one of the largest pools in the Florida Keys!
  • Caribbean Club – This Island fave opened its doors in 1938 and is the oldest bar in the Upper Keys and one of the last relics of Old Key Largo. Famous as the filming location for the Humphrey Bogart film “Key Largo,” the Caribbean Club offers live music, waterfront views, a dog-friendly backyard and the best sunsets in town!
  • Hogs’ Breath Saloon – Conveniently located in the heart of Old Town Key West, there is always something special going on at the World-Famous Hog’s Breath Saloon. A popular “Key West Watering Hole” for almost 25 years, Hog’s Breath is a great place to grab a cold drink or dine in an outdoor tropical setting with live entertainment and the best in local and national bands.

Plan Your Luxury Vacation in the Florida Keys Today

Enjoy first class service with amazing amenities at one of these grand luxury resorts or a private vacation homes in the Florida Keys when you book with KeysCaribbean. We can assist you with everything you need for the perfect, stress-free Florida Keys vacation. Let us help you relax! Give us a call at 305/853-5000 or contact us online here for more information about planning a luxury Florida Keys vacation today!

Advantages of Staying at a Luxury Resort Community in the Florida Keys

Angler's Reef

You deserve the very best when it’s time to play in the Florida sunshine! KeysCaribbean specializes in luxury resort communities in the Florida Keys and knows exactly what it takes to pamper and impress! Indulge in the Florida vacation of a lifetime when you stay at one of our amazing amenity-filled luxury resorts in the Florida Keys.

Staying at an exclusive, upscale resort in the Florida Keys gives your vacation the extra finesse and comfort that you can’t find in a local hotel. From the unmatched serene locations with private, landscaped properties to the upscale resort furnishings, there are so many advantages of staying at a luxury resort community in the Florida Keys.

 

Top Advantages of Staying at a Luxury Resort Community for your Florida Keys Vacation

 

Unmatched Amenities – Staying in a luxury resort community during your vacation in the Florida Keys offers access to great amenities! From full-service marinas and state-of-the-art fitness centers to waterfront beach bars and exotic pools with Jacuzzi grottos, KeysCaribbean offers a Premier Collection of luxury Florida Keys resorts with unmatched amenities for your pleasure.

 

Dedicated Adventure Concierge – KeysCaribbean Adventure Concierge is available to all our luxury resort guests. Experience a personalized Florida Keys vacation complete with all the things you have been looking forward to! Our experienced team is here to cater to every spontaneous adventure and planned desire you have. The Adventure Concierge Team can assist you with the best service is your personal Florida Keys travel guide to help you plan the perfect trip.

 

Lush Locations – KeysCaribbean Luxury Resort Villas and Marinas offer lavish vacation rentals throughout the popular islands of the Florida Keys. Choose from luxury vacation rentals in Key West, Duck Key, Marathon, Islamorada, and Key Largo. These luxury resorts in the Florida Keys offer one, two, three, and four-bedroom villas and townhouses in the best Florida Keys locations with the best amenities and lush, well-manicured properties.

 

Luxurious Furnishings and Décor – Luxury resort communities in the Florida Keys are lavishly decorated with upscale, tropical themes and offers some of the most beautiful bedrooms, living areas, and outdoor spaces in South Florida. Whether you are looking for a themed villa with high-end furniture with a tropic vibe, or a comfortable, and cozy waterfront bungalow with endless views, our Premier Collection of luxury resorts offers high-end vacation villas in the Florida Keys for the distinguished traveler.

 

Are You Ready for a Luxury Florida Keys Vacation? 
Are you ready to book your luxury Florida Keys vacation at one of these amazing resorts? KeysCaribbean is ready to help! Contact us 305-853-5000 to speak directly to one of our vacation team members or get info online here to book your luxury Florida Keys vacation resort community villa or bungalow today!

Summertime Festivities in the Florida Keys

Keys Mermaid Festival

There is no place like the Florida Keys for a luxury summer vacation to escape from it all. Not only do the Keys offer an amazing backdrop for a relaxing summer getaway, but there are also so many incredible opportunities to stay at some of the most amazing luxury resorts in Florida.

 

Whether you are looking for an upscale water oriented private home on Key West, a tropical Caribbean fishing village-styled retreat with vacation bungalows on Islamorada, or an upscale oceanfront vacation townhome and villa community with a marina on Key Largo, KeysCaribbean Luxury Vacation Rentals can help! Book your Key West vacation home today to enjoy these summertime festivities in the Florida Keys.

 

Join the Fun with these Summertime Festivities in the Florida Keys

  • Key Lime Festival – Known as “The sweetest and tartest festival around,” the Key Lime Festival is a 5-day celebration from July 4-7, 2019 in Key West. The festival includes delicious culinary events, kids’ activities, distillery tours, cookbook signings, and even pie eating contests.
  • Key Largo Original Music Festival – May 16-19, 2019 – The four-day Key Largo Original Music Festival features music from a variety of genres guaranteed to please all ages and music tastes. Attendees get an intimate look behind the original hits of songwriters/performers from Nashville, Georgia, Louisiana, Texas and Florida, all excelling in country, folk, pop, rock and blues.
  • Inaugural Key West Mermaid Festival – July 5 – 7, 2018 – This family-friendly three-day weekend event has tons of activities including Mermaid Meet & Greets, food and craft vendors, ocean awareness information, dancing under the sea, and much more! Plenty of activities for kids and adults.
  • Siesta Key July 4th Fireworks – Fireworks begin at dusk around 9:15 p.m. Fireworks will be launched north of the volleyball courts at Siesta Key Public Beach. Good viewing sights include spots south of the Public Beach, and anywhere on Crescent Beach, the Gulf, or the Intracoastal Waterway.
  • 2019 Underwater Music Festival – Join the fun at the Florida Keys’ Underwater Music Festival, a quirky celebration that is held annually on the Saturday after July 4th each year. The concert is held at Looe Key Reef which is a part of the world’s third largest and North America’s only living coral reef.

 

Are You Ready for a Luxury Florida Keys Vacation?

The vacation team at KeysCaribbean are ready to help you plan your Florida Keys luxury vacation! Count on us for luxury bungalows, private homes, and upscale villas for the Florida Keys vacation you’ve been dreaming of! Give us a call at today at 305-853-5000 or contact us online here to book your luxury Florida Keys vacation rental home today!

5 Reasons Vacation Rentals Are Better than Hotels For Your Florida Keys Escape

Private Home

People love to travel. In fact, not only is travel on the rise, but those who love to go on vacation are also looking to have better experiences when traveling. This especially includes more upscale, larger, and higher quality accommodations. Gone are the days of mediocre hotel rooms and outdated resort properties – today’s savvy travelers are seeking so much more than that for their luxury Florida Keys vacation!

 

Those who love to travel are planning more luxury getaways, booking exquisite vacation rental homes, and are even willing to travel farther to their favorite sunny destinations. Here are some reasons to consider a private, luxury vacation home rental instead of a hotel room for your Key West adventure.

 

5 Reasons Vacation Rentals Are Better than Hotels in the Florida Keys

 

The Perfect Vacation on Your Terms –Quite simply, travelers have so many more customization options when choosing a Florida Keys vacation rental home instead of a hotel room. With Florida Keys luxury vacation rentals, guests can plan their ideal getaway by selecting a vacation home that has the luxury amenities they want in the exact location they desire.

 

A Variety of Options – No matter what type of luxury Florida Keys accommodations you seek, KeysCaribbean has the perfect solution. From estate homes with private pools and exquisite vacation resort villas packed with urban amenities to modern oceanfront townhomes with world-class perks, the options are truly impeccable for luxury vacation rentals in the Florida Keys.

 

More Privacy and Less Money – If you’re looking for an upscale, private vacation experience, renting a vacation home in the Florida Keys is a savvy move. Not only do you get the comfort of living in a spacious, upscale home in the Keys, but you also have the option of a private pool, hot tub, ocean views, and more. Enjoy a luxurious vacation without sacrificing your privacy…and for less than the cost of a hotel resort!

 

Perfect for Groups or Families – Vacation rental homes are so much more comfortable than sharing a hotel room, no matter how nice it is. Renting a luxury vacation home in the Florida Keys offers guests their own bedroom, bathroom and living area to relax. Vacation homes in the Florida Keys also offers families a separate, dedicated space for parents to put younger kids to bed, let older kids enjoy a movie, and still have a place for the adults to mingle.

 

Added Security – Hotels simply cannot compete with the added security that vacation rentals offer travelers. Vacation rental homes do not require unwanted staff coming into the home, giving an added level of security. In addition, many luxury vacation rental homes have gated access, on-site playgrounds, as well as secure parking in an attached garage or driveway.

 

Who’s Ready for a Luxury Florida Keys Vacation?

 

Are you ready to start planning your luxury Florida Keys vacation? Book with KeysCaribbean and enjoy the relaxing Island getaway you deserve. Give us a call at 305-853-5000 or contact us online here for more information.

Day Trips to the Florida Keys and More

When researching what to do in the Key West on BING, you will fine these day trips and Keys’ Experiences… We share a few of them with you today!

Key West Island T’ing: Sail, Snorkel and Kayak Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended
Tour code: 3800ISL

Location: Key West, Florida
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

Enjoy a day of fun in the sun on the Island T’ing adventure off the coast of Key West.  Sail away from the island city of Key West to the beautiful blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico on a large catamaran.  Hop in a kayak and enjoy a paddle around a natural stand of mangrove.  Snorkel above a coral reef.  Look for dolphins, stingrays, sea turtles, manatees and more on this guided, 6-hour adventure.  A full breakfast and buffet lunch, plus beer, wine, soft drinks and homemade sangria are included. Highlights Key West Island T’ing adventure Sail on a catamaran through the Gulf of Mexico Kayak around a natural back-country mangrove island Snorkel above a coral reef Stay fueled with a full breakfast and buffet lunch! Beer, wine, soft drinks and homemade sangria included.

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 35 Reviews
Tour code: 17325KEYYAN

Location: Key West, Florida
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

Overview Important Info Escape to the secluded islands and tropical beaches off the coast of Key West on this guided, full-day adventure to historic Dry Tortugas National Park. History buffs and outdoor enthusiasts alike will love this unique voyage, where getting there is half the fun on board the Yankee Freedom III, a luxurious, state-of-the-art catamaran. Enjoy snorkeling (equipment provided) in the crystal blue waters and take in the military fort, national park, campground, sandy beaches and coral reefs that make this area special. Breakfast and lunch included. Highlights Day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park Ride a spacious catamaran across the tropical seas Enjoy spectacular views and learn about your surroundings from an on-board naturalist Cruise past Boca Grande Key, the Marquesas Keys and the Rebecca Shoal Channel Swim or snorkel around the park’s coral reef with ocean life such as dolphins and sea turtles Enjoy breakfast and lunch on the boat.

Key West Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 331 Reviews
Tour code: 5221KEYWEST

Location: Miami, Florida
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

Special Offer Book and save 13% compared to the local supplier’s prices on Key West Day Trip tour options! Kick back in Key West with this island day trip from Miami, and do as little or as much as you like. After an air-conditioned journey that crosses the famous Seven Mile Bridge, enjoy up to six hours of free time. Make the most of the laid-back vibe and explore at your own pace, or upgrade to include an activity such as a conch train ride, trolley tour, parasail ride or snorkel cruise. Want to see the coral reef but don’t want to get in the water? Do the glass-bottom boat cruise instead. Highlights Take a scenic ride to Key West from Miami In Key West be sure to visit Mallory Square by the historic waterfront Upgrade and add a 2-hour glass-bottom boat ride visiting the coral reef Add on a Hop-on hop-off, fully narrated Trolley Tour to your Key West adventure Select the Conch Train option for a fun ride around Old Town Snorkeling cruise to the coral reef via catamaran is also an upgrade option Add on parasailing and soar above the emerald blue waters of Key West Approximate free time in Key West is from 12:00pm to 5:00pm

AND ONE MORE:

Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 98 Reviews
Tour code: 3172CHAMP

Location: Key West, Florida
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

Overview Important Info Escape to the still waters off the coast of Key West on this 2-hour sunset champagne cruise. Enjoy the peaceful calm of a late afternoon sail on an experience limited to just 14 passengers. Choose from three different varieties of Chandon Brut champagne, or enjoy red or white wine, ice-cold beer, a soft drink or bottled spring water. Also included is a gourmet cheese buffet with fresh fruits, berries and other snacks. Then watch as the sun glistens and gently settles into the water, a perfect ending to a perfect cruise. Highlights Enjoy a Key West sunset cruise with champagne Cruise features sparkling wine, premium red and white wines, premium beer, soft drinks and spring water Taste a gourmet cheese buffet, including fruit, creamy local seafood dip and fresh-baked bread Bottles of Moët and Chandon champagnes available for purchase Small-group ensures a personalized experience.

Where To Stay While You Are Exploring the Florida Keys

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