Top 10 reasons why you should go to Key West this winter

by Wednesday, November 19, 2014

thewanderlustyogi.netIf you live in Boston, or anywhere in New England, than you know one thing for sure. Winter is coming.  The dreaded time of year when being cold is a given, darkness comes earlier and you get buried in snow, snow, and more snow. For some New Englanders, this is a wonderful time of year, for skiing and other outdoor winter activities.  For others, like me, suffering from mild to severe forms of seasonal depression, it’s a time of year to hibernate inside while  waiting until the thaw of Spring, which seems to take forever by the time March comes around.

thewanderlustyogi.netWinter is hard. This seemingly, neverending season, gives people the desire to fly to warm and sunny destinations, just to break -up these long and cold months.  The easiest place New Englanders usually choose is Florida.  Just a quick 3 hour flight and your toes are in the sand.  Most even have free accommodations, since many of our parents/grandparents moved down after retirement because they could no longer deal with the brutal northern winters. In any case, traveling from Boston to Florida for a quick escape,  is usually cheap, easy and attainable to most.

Our 4th year wedding anniversary

I went to Florida last November during Thankgiving, to not only escape the cold, but to celebrate my 4th year wedding anniversary. We booked a flight to Ft. Lauderdale with plans to spend a few days there and then rent a car and drive to Key West for a couple of days.

Aruba Cafe, Lauderdale-by-the-sea 11/26/14


We enjoyed the beach on Thanksgiving and had dinner at an outdoor beach cafe.  It was not your typical Thanksgiving for sure, but nonetheless, it was great! I just loved being outside, dining while the sun beat on my back. Ahhh, to be away from home for just a few days will surely subside my winter blues.




That Friday,  we went to the big galleria mall in Ft. Lauderdale to check out the Black Friday sales.  We were shocked to see the mall completely empty. It was crazy! It felt liked an apocolypse. Where the hell were all the shoppers? If we would have known this, maybe we would have done our Christmas shoppping down here.

thewanderlustyogi.netThe next day we left Ft. Lauderdale en route to the Keys. We booked the Westin in Mallory Square. The ride was quite longer than expected, over four hours, but the view of the ocean all along  the Overseas Highway, US 1, kept us entertained the whole way. In the next few days we did many things, but what I wanted to point out the things you shouldn’t miss.

The top 10 reasons why you should check out Key West

  1. Mallory Square

    The entrance to Mallory Square,where at sunset, is filled with performers and artists selling goods. (one of the best sunset views in the Keys)

  2. Duval St.

    This street has many shops, restaurants and bars, such as the famous, Sloppy Joes

  3. Renting a bike

    Key West has narrow streets and not a lot of parking. Getting around by bike is a great way to explore the little city, while saving the frustration and money to park a car.

  4. Paddle-boarding

    Renting a paddle board on Smather’s Beach is a fun way to enjoy the warm ocean water.

  5. Cuban food

    Since Cuba is only 90 miles away from Key West, they have some of the best Cuban food in the US


    Again, did I say that Cuba is only 90 miles away from the shores of Key West? Well, this is also a great oppourtunity to try a Cuban cigar; even if you don’t smoke!

  7. The Museums

    The Key West Museum of Art and History

  8. The Festivals

    There is Festival in Key West practically every week, whether you want to see music, art, film, adult-themed, gay-pride, you name it and Key West probably has a festival for it.

  9. The Diversity

    Gay Pride parade in Key West, where all people from any race, religion, sexual orientation , transgender, bi, straight, gay is welcomed with open arms

  10. The Key Lime Pie

    The famous Key Lime Pie Factory where they have the best key lime pie. The secret is the “key limes” who would have thought?

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