January 2nd, 2014

Travel Guide for Your Holidays in the Keys

Spending the holidays in the Florida Keys makes for an unforgettable experience that will leave you wanting to return again and again. Read on to learn more about some of the best in accommodations, restaurants, and entertainment available on the islands.

Lodging in Torch Key

The Keys have their own unique and proud culture of tradition, and this can be seen among the islands’ many eclectic restaurants and resorts. From historic cottages to restored Conch houses and large resorts, the Keys offer a great variety of lodging to suite your own assorted tastes.

Three miles offshore from Little Torch Key, Little Palm Island Resort & Spa sits on a 5-acre palm tree filled island. This luxurious property contains oceanfront thatch-roof bungalows with slate-tile baths, British colonial-style furnishings and a quiet atmosphere. Additional impressive features include an indoor and outdoor shower, private veranda, separate living room, and soft, comfy robes and slippers. The Grand Suites offer his-and-hers bathrooms, an outdoor hot tub and breathtaking ocean views.

Dining in Key West

Key West restaurants serve cuisine that reflects the proximity of the Bahamas and Caribbean. Tropical fruits, spiny lobster, conch, and stone crab fill the menus with each chef’s own added flair.

Complete with gorgeous views and beautifully displayed dishes prepared by executive chef Doug Shook, Louie’s Backyard offers decadent delights that will please anyone’s tongue pallet. Dine on the outside deck and enjoy dishes like grilled scallops with Portobello relish, grilled king salmon with fired risotto and mint-rubbed pork chop with salsa verde (our mouths’ are watering); or dine upstairs and indulge on a number of tapas offerings such as flaming ouzo shrimp, roasted olives with onion and feta, and Gruyere and duck confit pizza.

Waterfront Entertainment

Looking to do something a little different than your typical bar scene? Then the Waterfront Playhouse, located in historic Mallory Square in Key West, is just what you are looking for. Home to the Key West players, the community-run Waterfront Playhouse is a 1880s ice warehouse that was converted into a 180-seat regional theater. The theater a wide range of genres such as comedy, mysteries, musicals and drama. Voted “Best Professional Theater in Florida 2010 and 2011,” the Waterfront Playhouse is an experience you won’t want to miss!

Obviously, these were just a few selections among the plethora of lodging, dining, and entertaining options available in the Florida Keys. There’s no doubt that whichever route you choose, you will not be disappointed.

From the Gold Aviation Family to Your Family, we hope that you have a wonderful and joyful holiday!

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