Blessed again — Jeff drove to the Keys for a catalog production. Since I just had a few appointments the next day, I dropped everything afterwards and followed Jeff in order to spend the upcoming four days with him in Islamorada. Well, Jeff had to work and I enjoyed the floridian sun, went for a run and read my book. Nevertheless, we spent the evenings together in the hip beach bars and romantic restaurants of Islamorada.
A short vacation for myself.
For those of you who are looking for a short break from the vibrant city of Miami, Islamorada is ideally suited. From South beach it is not more than a two hours drive. That’s why this place can be recommended for both a romantic dinner at the from sunset in pink red-colored ocean, as well as for a one or two nights stay in one of the pastel-colored beach houses. Folks that are passig through to Key West, should make at least a stop-over on the way back.
If you are interested in a dinner for two, your first choice should be the Morada Bay Beach Café! This is my favorite one, since I believe that one has the best chance to enjoy the picturesque sunset with bae at this place. You will see!
It is highly recommended to arrive early during the high season. This Beach Café is a permanent hot-spot for aficionados of the typical Laissez-faire ambience on the Keys. Almost all tables are placed on the broad beach so one should decide to go for a casual look at this place. Friends of the Mediterranean cuisine will be delighted to encounter the seafood menu and the fresh catch of the day. Frankly speaking, my choice are the roasted Brussels sprouts as well as the homemade Guacamole accompanied by nachos.
Adjacent to the Morada Bay Beach Café is Pierre‘s Restaurant located. An unbelievable beautiful, old fashioned mansion which invites its guests to a fine dinner. Here one should exchange the casual look for something fancy, thus it is clear that the prices at Pierre‘s are higher than elsewhere.
People who love the casual bar atmosphere could take a look at either the Green Turtle Inn or the Lorelei. The Lorelei is located right by the water. Live music is played every evening and they have pretty amazing food at this bar. Beside offering typical bar food such as buffalo wings and club sandwiches, the menu surprises with delicious semi raw tuna filet in pepper crust and soy sauce. Whereas the Green Turtle Inn lays next to the street, which leads in the south to Key West. Here, Jeff’s favorite is the lobster Mac n‘ Cheese. The culinary variety promises a lot and not only the desserts are fantastic. Although the Keys are famous for their key lime pie, which you should have tried for sure, I prefer the Turtle Sunday, a triple chocolate brownie that comes with a vanilla bean ice cream topping and is poored with a mix of caramel and chocolate sauce and sprinkled with pecans.
Who is on the way to Key West could stop by Bob‘s Bunz. Let yourself get convinced by the muffin tops with rum vanilla flavoring, which is my favorite.
If you want to stay a little longer in Islamorada you can chose between typical beach houses and cottages as well as cozy apartments and exclusive suits. Accommodations are available from 100 USD to 600 USD per night. The Moorings Village is doubtlessly one of the most exclusive destinations to spend the night. An incredible idyllic private beach is facing Islamorada‘s sunrise. Hammocks tied between palmtrees invite you to daydream and enjoy the magnificent surrounding.
The Islander Bayside Townhomes instead, are offering the sunset on the opposing side of the Key. These houses are suitable for 4-5 people and are equipped with big balconies from where you can witness the color intensive sunset.
One recommendation for guests staying overnight. I would go grocery shopping in one of the Publix and co in Homestead before entering the Keys since prices are much higher here than on the mainland. Most of the accommodations provide kitchens so it would be a shame to not take advantage of having a healthy breakfast on your own balcony while enjoying the sound of the waves in private.
If there are any questions I’m happy to help. Feel free to add your comments below.