Traveling in Florida travel blog

Looks like Tahiti

Great Docks and view of Sunset

Beverly getting artsey

Looking for leftovers

Beverly Shopping in the Shell Store

They Arrive: Tommy, Terry, Gigi, Chris

Taking it easy

Snorkeling from the Beach

Aaaah, the miracle of chum

Terry got the cleanup detail

The last sunset

Atlantic Bay Resort

Even though we live in Florida, a trip to the Keys is like leaving the state and entering another exotic foreign country. It’s always the same sensation.

Maybe it’s the feeling you get as you leave Homestead and travel down U.S. 1 out across Florida Bay with its gin clear water and mangrove islands floating above the bay like so many gigantic water lilies, each with its own maze of mysterious water channels winding through the shallow underwater jungle.

It is a kayaker’s paradise, but for this trip we took our classic 1980 Mako 23, a good choice considering the 20- knot easterlies that blew all week and prevented any attempt to fish or dive the chain of reefs in the Gulf Stream just 3 miles off the islands.

Our home base was to be Atlantic Bay Resort, an 80s’ style family owned hide-away sitting on the wind protected Florida Bay side of the highway, nestled on three acres of mangroves, coconut palms and exotic flowers. We shared the place with Iguanas, a flock of peacocks, fat wild chickens and the requisite number of mosquitoes for early October.

Don’t expect chocolate candies on the pillows or a fresh change of sheets on the beds each day unless you request it from housekeeping. You will get fresh towels and a reasonably clean room. You are mostly left alone to enjoy the pool, tiki huts, grills, sunsets and snorkeling from the beach. A five-star resort it is not.

For us, it was the perfect place to celebrate our 5-year wedding anniversary and combination family reunion (her side) and a chance to put a dozen or so fat mangrove snapper in the boat for later integration with a hot skillet.

Tavernier Key is overshadowed by Key Largo to the north and Islamorada to the south but they are minutes apart with shopping and excellent restaurants.

Entry Rating:     Why ratings?
Please Rate:  
Thank you for voting!
Share |