Somehow the “world traveler” SGM is mistaking diablog for a travel guide. How else would he announce leaving for Miami and the Keys and ask for tips?
But, we are willing to serve our readers, yes even SGM, in any way we can. Let’s start by getting SGM into the right mood with Will Smith’s classic Miami hymn from the 90s:
On to some tips:
The video answers any question regarding Miami, everything worth mentioning is in the song lyrics. What is does not mention is the Florida State motto from the 90s:
From Miami one should take a convertible and drive Route #1 all the way down to Key West. I am not kidding, driving up the bridges, that connect the islands, gives you the impression of driving right into the sky. And the colors are absolutely stunning, rivaled only by Australia.
Key West is the most southern point of the USA. Or as Sarah Palin would put it: “I can see Cuba from here.”
Although the island is somewhat of a tourist trap, one can enjoy the atmosphere. As long as you are not spending the weekend, when Americans are coming in by the bus loads. During the week you find many regulars, hippies left over from the 60s, treasure hunters in diving gear, stoners and many funny characters. Just walk the streets.
You should enjoy at least one dinner on the terrace of the Hyatt Key West. The sunset over the Gulf of Mexico is spectacular and the lobster 2nd best after the ones from Maine. If you are staying at the Hyatt, have a massage, the lady does wonders to tense shoulders.
Again, a touristy place, but one should at least have had one Daiquiri at Sloppy Joe’s, what used to be the favorite hangout of some Ernest Hemingway, at a different location though.
The second sunset you should enjoy among hippies, jugglers and other characters on the sunset pier. How do you find it? Just follow the crowd around an hour before sunset, you cannot miss it.
PS: I’d stay away from those Rum Runner boat tours. A glass floor boat tour is fun though.