Exploring the Florida Keys Boomer-style

The last time Alan and I visited Key West, Florida, we saw Elvis impersonators from the doorway of a bar. And the third floor roof hosted a nude club. No, we didn’t go. But our short self-guided cruise excursion in Key West started the idea of a boomer road trip to see what else the Florida Keys have to offer.

Funky souvenir in Key West, Florida

Will I bring home a funky souvenir from Key West?

This week, I’ll be doing the reconnaissance work while participating on a boomer press trip sponsored by The Florida Keys & Key West. Once Alan hears about my adventures, he’ll be sitting at the kitchen table with a Florida road map spread out before him—I just know it.

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The Prime Time in Paradise (the name of our trip) boomer travel writers will be experiencing a little bit of everything on this jaunt through the Florida Keys. In Key Largo, we’ll be cruising through canals on the original African Queen. Do you remember the movie of the same name starring Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy?

The Islander Resort, A Guy Harvey Outpost, will be our two-night headquarters in Islamorada. I’m looking forward to fishing on the Blue Chip Too with Captain Skip Bradeen who’s catered over 14,000 fishing trips during his career.

On the way to Key West, our group will stop for a kayaking adventure with Bill Keogh of Big Pine Kayak Adventures. Having lived in the Lower Keys for more than two decades, Captain Bill knows these waters.

The Gates Hotel serves as the 2-night headquarters in Key West. Sunset viewing in Mallory Square, watching the World’s Longest Parade and celebrating Conch Republic Days will be part of the fun, too.

Of course I’ll be searching out restaurants to recommend to you. Yum, seafood! And I’m looking forward to meeting fellow boomer travel writer, Nancy Mueller who writes the WanderBoomer blog at Wanderlust and Lipstick.

Alan better get that road map ready because he’s certain to be planning a road trip to the Florida Keys after he sees all the boomer travel fun that I’m having.

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Disclosure: This travel experience is provided by The Florida Keys & Key West. But, as always, the opinions are my own.

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