Key West is a destination filled with contradictions. It’s where island time intersects with city convenience. A place that is ridiculously expensive but also has a laid back feel. A place with few locals but many people that visit for 6 months, for the past 20 years. It’s a place of sunshine, nice weather, and a slightly funky smell. It’s everything and more.

To be honest, Key West is one of those places we had heard of, but never dreamed of driving to mile 0 on the USA map. As we were crossing the bridge from Miami to Key Largo, we almost drove over a 4 foot iguana. We’ve nearly hit deer, bears, mountain goats and a variety of other mammals on this trip across North America, but an iguana?  That was unexpected.

Now Key West is just one of those places you have to go to understand. And save up a lot because wow it was expensive. We ate at home most days but when we splurged to eat out, a regular Mexican dinner costs $50+tip. We were slightly expecting this, being one of the top tourists destinations in the USA, but were still surprised. In the video above,  you’ll see most of these highlights, but for a quick snapshot, here were our favorites in Key West.

Restaurants – The Best of Key West

We had some great food experiences and then we had some pricey mediocre food as well.  Key West is one of those places you have to do your research. Don’t just walk into a place because it’s busy–we had a few sub-par experiences doing this. After that, we check reviews beforehand, and have experienced some of best of the best of Key West. And was it worth it!

Blue Heaven– Well worth every penny spent. The video above shares our culinary experience but long story short, our tastebuds were tantalized for sure.

De Luna’s – We went here almost everyday for two weeks. We typically make our own coffee but the T@B does not have a freezer and nothing sounds worse than hot coffee on a hot day! So we *just had to* go across the street to get the best cuban coffee in town. They literally take fresh squeeze sugar cane to add to their espresso mixed & add milk- blew our mind! And the plantains! If you’re in Stock Island, this is a place where they know you by name and a locals favorite hole in the wall. Second best cuban coffee was Cuban Coffee Queen. It had long line but conveniently located on the pier in downtown Key West.

Sarabeth’s Kitchen – Trendy brunch spot that’s worth wait…plus there are great galleries and boutiques to explore while you wait for a table

La Crêperie French Café– Delicious french cuisine!

The Stoned Crab– The name explains it- lots of stone crab and other seafood served overlooking the water.

Fresh Local Caught Seafood

There’s only one place you should buy fresh caught fish on the island and it’s Fishbusters located 10 minutes away from downtown Key West. We purchased the world famous colossal stone crab claws and we were not disappointed. While there, we ran into a local chef, who goes there for is personal fish, as well as to stock the kitchen of his high-end restaurant. The staff there was also incredibly friendly and kind. The best part is they cracked the claws for us to make the experience that much better.  Delicious!

Outdoor Sports Galore


So much off shore fishing here! A little insider tip: Valerie accidentally went fishing at Mallory Square during sunset-the most popular tourist destination in Key West. People said she would have to stop when the crowds came to watch the sunset–but a local street performer said you can keep fishing in the little boxed off section to the right of the shore. Valerie was literally able to watch the sunset among 1,000 people, with her own private, front row VIP box, while she fished. Can’t really beat that.

You can also fish while kayaking! We caught the largest fish from the kayak, but we hear the big guys come to shore regularly too.


Jessi loves to row. Anything with a paddle and the water, she’s one happy camper. Valerie, on the other hand, loves to fish so we tried them both! So glad we did because it was one of our favorite days in Key West. Jessi paddled around the mangroves while Valerie kept her pole in the water. We caught a small barracuda and grunt and also discovered the coolest Mangrove tunnels. For us, it was totally worth the $75/day price tag.  We worked with Kayak Kings on Stock Island. The manager there was a super laid back dude with little worries in life.


So many people bike around Key West that there sometimes seemed to be more bikes than cars. And the trails going to and from town were large, well maintained and were very bike friendly. And the views! All around a very bike-able city.

Paddle Boarding

Have you ever been paddle boarding? Yeah us neither. It’s one of those glamorous things that people with six packs and toned arms do. And their photos are always during the most beautiful sunsets. Geez those people always seem so…cool.

Being the cool, glamorous, and toned kids that we are (JK), we tried it and it was a ton of fun!  It’s a great way to get out on the water and explore the island.  It most definitely gets your core muscle twitching and your arms will feel like they’re about to fall off at times. And it’s really not that hard to stay up. Valerie fell twice and Jessi, being the champion that she is, simply stayed standing or kneeling the entire time. And when it got too hard or the wind was two strong, we simply sat down to paddle. Fun little exercise!


We have big dreams of sailing around the world one day, catching our own food, and living in the Caribbean. We had the opportunity to sail on an old pirate type ship and had a wonderful time. It was relaxing, gorgeous, and another new way to see the island. Sunset was the best time to go because it wasn’t too hot and the view was gorgeous. There are a lot of cruises to choose from but we’re not boozy so we went on a BYOB trip which cost about $100 less. The company we went with was called Schooner Jolly– playful crew, funny banter, was extremely knowledgeable about sailing and were passionate about the ocean.

Dream Big

With its easy island pace, great food, and fun water sports, Key West has a vibe unlike anyplace we’ve travelled so far. It is a place of dreams and sparks the imagination.

We have so many dreams in addition to sailing around the world.  We dream of traveling through Latin America, one day living in Sweden, and hiking the El Camino in Spain. We dream of one day writing a book. And everyday we dream to help LGBT individuals travel safely. And the list goes on and on and on. We call this interaction “dreaming and scheming” and we talk about dreams practically everyday. Oprah talks about when proper planning meets opportunity, you have to leap. We discussed the dream of living tiny and traveling for 100’s of hours (literally, we talk a LOT).  So when the opportunity presented itself to live tiny AND travel, it was an easy “Yes.” (Ok, not really THAT easy it was kinda terrifying but it also felt right. Combo deal type thing.)

So if you want to live the island dream for a bit, come to Key West. It’s a perfect destination to relax, explore the ocean, eat great seafood, and get a taste of the island life.

Dream big and happy travels!





  1. Great article! Brought back memories of family camping in Florida and Key West a few years back. We had a great time, loved the Key Lime Pie! Hope to return again one day soon all the way from BC Canada! 🙂

    • Valerie Reply

      Thanks Robert! And yes- key lime pie was amazing 🙂

  2. I had the biggest smile watching the video of ya’ll in the Keys! I got married in Key West, and it’s part of my mission to move down there eventually, so watching the documentary of your trip down there made me feel so much at home. And doing it the way ya’ll did – with the camper – sounds like an awesome way to visit!!

    Did you take the conch train tour while you were in key west??

    • Valerie Reply

      Aww, what a beautiful place to get married!!! We didn’t do the conch train but we ate conch! Delicious.

  3. marysue Ryan Reply

    Hi, my daughter and I will be in Key West for mere hours about 5. what would you recommend we do? I am an artist and would maybe like to see Hemmingway’s house? I just want to see some local sites and maybe have an inexpensive sandwich somewhere.

  4. Pingback:

  5. Pingback: vioglichfu.7m.plindex.php?n=25

  6. Pingback: canadian cialis

  7. Pingback: 2019

  8. Pingback: cialis without a doctor preion

  9. Pingback: cialis online without prescription

  10. Pingback: online pharmacy

  11. Pingback: viagra canada

  12. Pingback: Discount viagra

  13. Pingback: Viagra pills

  14. Pingback: Viagra 20 mg best price

  15. Pingback: Viagra vs cialis

  16. Pingback: Viagra online

  17. Pingback: Buy viagra

  18. Pingback: Buy cialis

  19. Pingback: Buy cialis online

  20. Pingback: Cialis generic

  21. Pingback: Viagra 5mg

  22. Pingback: Viagra prices

  23. Pingback: buy generic viagra pills

  24. Pingback: generic levitra

  25. Pingback: viagra without a doctor prescription

  26. Pingback: viagra generic

  27. Pingback: viagra prices

  28. Pingback: viagra online

  29. Pingback: pharmacy uk

  30. Pingback: canadian pharmacies online

  31. Pingback: drugstore online

  32. Pingback: canada pharmacy

  33. Pingback: international pharmacy

  34. Pingback: tadalafil generic

  35. Pingback: cheap cialis

  36. Pingback: buy cialis online

  37. Pingback: tadalafil generic

  38. Pingback: tadalafil 20mg

  39. Pingback: tadalafil 20mg

  40. Pingback: cialis 20 mg

  41. Pingback: canadian online pharmacies

  42. Pingback: pharmacies shipping to usa

  43. Pingback: canadian pharmacies online

  44. Pingback: pharmacies shipping to usa

  45. Pingback: online pharmacy

  46. Pingback: generic viagra

  47. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg

  48. Pingback: viagra without a doctor prescription walmart

  49. Pingback:

  50. Pingback: hs;br

  51. Pingback: tureckie_serialy_na_russkom_jazyke

  52. Pingback: tureckie_serialy

  53. Pingback:

  54. Pingback: +1+

  55. Pingback: æóêè+2+ñåðèÿ

  56. Pingback: Ñìîòðåòü ñåðèàëû îíëàéí âñå ñåðèè ïîäðÿä

  57. Pingback: Ñìîòðåòü âñå ñåðèè ïîäðÿä

  58. Pingback: watch

  59. Pingback: ++++++

  60. Pingback: HD-720

  61. Pingback: guardians+of+the+galaxy+2

  62. Pingback: strong woman do bong soon

  63. Pingback: my id is gangnam beauty

  64. Pingback: guardians of the galaxy vol 2

  65. Pingback: 2020

  66. Pingback: kpop+star+season+6+ep+9

  67. Pingback: Video

  68. Pingback: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

  69. Pingback:

  70. Pingback: amoxicillin 500 mg

  71. Pingback: Watch TV Shows

  72. Pingback: Kinokrad 2019 Kinokrad Hd

  73. Pingback: Kinokrad

  74. Pingback: filmy-kinokrad

  75. Pingback: kinokrad-2019

  76. Pingback: filmy-2019-kinokrad

  77. Pingback: serial

  78. Pingback:

  79. Pingback: можно ли купить виагру

  80. Pingback:

  81. Pingback:

  82. Pingback:

  83. Pingback: гдз 6 класс

  84. Pingback: гдз по русскому 6

  85. Pingback: гдз тростенцова

  86. Pingback: гдз класс по химии

  87. Pingback: гдз по химии класс габриелян

  88. Pingback: гдз 10

  89. Pingback: гдз по физике 9 класс

  90. Pingback: гдз по английскому языку класс

  91. Pingback: гдз кауфман

  92. Pingback: гдз по русскому 10

  93. Pingback: гдз по русскому 8

  94. Pingback:

  95. Pingback: гдз дорофеев

  96. Pingback: гдз по математике 6

  97. Pingback: афанасьева михеева гдз

  98. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 9 класс

  99. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 7 макарычев

  100. Pingback: гдз по геометрии 9

  101. Pingback: гдз макарычев 9 класс

  102. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 7 макарычев

  103. Pingback: гдз по алгебре мордкович

  104. Pingback: гдз онлайн по алгебре

  105. Pingback: гдз 2 класс

  106. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 8 мордкович

  107. Pingback: гдз геометрия 11

  108. Pingback:

  109. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 9 класс

  110. Pingback: гдз геометрия атанасян 11

  111. Pingback: гдз скачать

  112. Pingback: гдз по геометрии 7 9

  113. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 8 мордкович

  114. Pingback: гдз виленкин математика

  115. Pingback: гдз по русскому 9

  116. Pingback: гдз по химии

  117. Pingback: гдз 7 макарычев

  118. Pingback:

  119. Pingback: See-Season-1

  120. Pingback: Evil-Season-1

  121. Pingback: Evil-Season-2

  122. Pingback: Evil-Season-3

  123. Pingback: Evil-Season-4

  124. Pingback: Dollface-Season-1

  125. Pingback: Queer-Eye-We-re-in-Japan-Season-1

  126. Pingback: гдз по алгебре алимов

  127. Pingback: гдз по английскому класс афанасьева

  128. Pingback: бархударов гдз 9

  129. Pingback: гдз класс по русскому

  130. Pingback: гдз клас

  131. Pingback: гдз по русскому 10 класс

  132. Pingback: афанасьева михеева гдз

  133. Pingback: афанасьева михеева гдз

  134. Pingback: гдз 8 класс макарычев

  135. Pingback: гдз по алгебре 7 мордкович

  136. Pingback:

  137. Pingback:

  138. Pingback: serial 2020

  139. Pingback: Dailymotion

  140. Pingback: Watch+movies+2020

  141. Pingback:

  142. Pingback: Film 2021

  143. Pingback: watch online TV LIVE 2020

  144. Pingback: dizajn cheloveka

  145. Pingback: viagra

  146. Pingback: viagra online

  147. Pingback: +

  148. Pingback: cherkassy film

  149. Pingback: ¯jak Son³k

  150. Pingback: astrolog

  151. Pingback: film-kalashnikov-watch

  152. Pingback:

  153. Pingback: pobachennya u vegas

  154. Pingback: Proshanie so Stalinym

  155. Pingback: online pharmacy canada

  156. Pingback: psyhelp_on_line

  157. Pingback: coronavirus

  158. Pingback: PSYCHOSOCIAL

  159. Pingback: generic cialis india

  160. Pingback: generic cialis online

  161. Pingback: Cherekasi film 2020

  162. Pingback: aralen

  163. Pingback: cialis walmart

  164. Pingback: levitra coupon

  165. Pingback: cialis pill

  166. Pingback: Real viagra

  167. Pingback: film doktor_liza

  168. Pingback: cheap narcotic pain meds online

  169. Pingback: cbd

  170. Pingback: djoker onlajn

  171. Pingback: what is cbd oil

  172. Pingback: albuterol inhaler for sale generic

  173. Pingback: viagra online

  174. Pingback: chloroquine covid-19

  175. Pingback: generic viagra

  176. Pingback: buy viagra online

  177. Pingback: ciproxine 500 mg antibiotique

  178. Pingback: cialis best price usa

  179. Pingback: cialis generic name

  180. Pingback: viagra for sale

  181. Pingback:

  182. Pingback: buy generic ed pills online

  183. Pingback: viagra pills

  184. Pingback: koronavirus-v-ukraine-doktor-komarovskiy

  185. Pingback: cialis price walmart

  186. Pingback: buy naltrexone

  187. Pingback: purchasing cialis on the internet

  188. Pingback: viagra without a doctor prescription

  189. Pingback: cialis walmart

  190. Pingback: viagra samples

  191. Pingback: viagra online

  192. Pingback: kaletra price

  193. Pingback: bimatoprost generic best price

  194. Pingback: 100mg viagra how long does it last

  195. Pingback: walmart tylenol 500 mg

  196. Pingback: chloroquine tablets india

  197. Pingback: Canada Pharmacy

  198. Pingback: cialis

  199. Pingback: cheap viagra

  200. Pingback: tadalafil generic cialis

  201. Pingback: buy hydroxychloroquine

  202. Pingback: tadalafil generic at walgreens

  203. Pingback: cialis generic

  204. Pingback: alternative to viagra

  205. Pingback: tadalafil 20 mg

  206. Pingback: generic viagra

  207. Pingback: prescription drugs without doctor approval

  208. Pingback:

  209. Pingback: viagra 100mg

  210. Pingback: viagra price

  211. Pingback: viagra generic

  212. Pingback: viagra coupon

  213. Pingback: viagra without doctor prescription

  214. Pingback: cheapest place to buy viagra online

  215. Pingback: cialis coupon

  216. Pingback:

  217. Pingback: optional health care viagra abortion

  218. Pingback: sildenafil generic

  219. Pingback: generic for lumigan eye drops

  220. Pingback: how long does cialis last

  221. Pingback: viagra pills

  222. Pingback: movies-tekstmovies-tekst

  223. Pingback: buy cialis online

  224. Pingback: buy prescription drugs online

  225. Pingback: Zemlyane 2005 smotret onlajn

  226. Pingback: canadian healthcare viagra sales

  227. Pingback: discount viagra online

  228. Pingback: pharmacy

  229. Pingback: cialis

  230. Pingback: generic propecia

  231. Pingback: 500 hemp cbd oil for sale

  232. Pingback: cbd oil benefits

  233. Pingback: buy hydroxychloroquine online

  234. Pingback: best cbd sales online

  235. Pingback: levitra prices

  236. Pingback: viagra without a doctor prescription

  237. Pingback: ed meds online without doctor prescription

  238. Pingback: erectile dysfunction treatment

  239. Pingback: moskva-psiholog

  240. Pingback: Testing34

  241. Pingback: Testing35

  242. Pingback: Testing36

  243. Pingback: guide to get website visitors

  244. Pingback: metformin 1000 mg price india

  245. Pingback: maid in vietnam

  246. Pingback: best law university

  247. Pingback: prednisone price

  248. Pingback: hydroxychloroquine over the counter

  249. Pingback: best vape online

  250. Pingback: idn poker online indonesia

  251. Pingback: dom2-ru

  252. Pingback: virtual office setup

  253. Pingback: tadalafil

  254. Pingback: pony name selection tips

  255. Pingback: vietnam maid agency

  256. Pingback: environment experiment chamber

  257. Pingback:

  258. Pingback: sildenafil 100mg price

  259. Pingback: generic viagra

  260. Pingback: Lawyer for personal injury

  261. Pingback: Situs judi bola

  262. Pingback:

  263. Pingback: sildenafil

  264. Pingback: cialis generic cheap

  265. Pingback: youtube views free

  266. Pingback: tumblr video downloading software)

  267. Pingback:

  268. Pingback: Viagra 150mg united kingdom

  269. Pingback: generic viagra pills

  270. Pingback: Viagra 130mg tablets

  271. Pingback: cheap assignment help

  272. Pingback: youtube video downloader for android

  273. Pingback: youtube mp3 converter 320kb

  274. Pingback: liquid cialis

  275. Pingback: sildenafil

  276. Pingback: Indonesian Top Poker Site

  277. Pingback: environment chamber for experiment

  278. Pingback: where to buy Cialis 80mg

  279. Pingback: buy real insta followers

  280. Pingback: Cialis 40mg pills

  281. Pingback: tadalafil

  282. Pingback: russia for mbbs study

  283. Pingback: Cialis 60 mg united states

  284. Pingback: aircon troubleshooting

  285. Pingback: free audio file convert online

  286. Pingback: Cialis 80 mg price

  287. Pingback: youtube to mp4 online converter

  288. Pingback: Cialis 60 mg without prescription

  289. Pingback: viagra

  290. Pingback:

  291. Pingback: Cialis 40mg cheap

  292. Pingback: Virtual Verality Accesories

  293. Pingback: watch movies online

  294. Pingback: sildenafil 150 mg cost

  295. Pingback: convert any audio to mp3

  296. Pingback: best music for health

  297. Pingback: order tadalafil 20 mg

  298. Pingback: canadian pharmacy vikky

  299. Pingback: levitra 20 mg pills

  300. Pingback: buy limit switch online

  301. Pingback: buy educational backlinks

  302. Pingback: order lasix 100 mg

  303. Pingback: cheapest propecia 1mg

  304. Pingback: buying viagra online

  305. Pingback: buy generic viagra

  306. Pingback: where can i buy lexapro 20 mg

  307. Pingback: generic viagra cost

  308. Pingback: finasteride 5 mg pharmacy

  309. Pingback: buy snap action switch

  310. Pingback: buy micro switch from france

  311. Pingback: abilify 20mg prices

  312. Pingback: actos 30 mg otc

  313. Pingback: pharmacie en ligne

  314. Pingback: telegram channel members purchase

  315. Pingback: fire retardant spray

  316. Pingback: online gambling site

  317. Pingback: CFOSPUK

  318. Pingback: get cbd products affordable price

  319. Pingback: cbd oil for joint pain

  320. Pingback: allegra 180 mg without a doctor prescription

  321. Pingback: allopurinol 300 mg cheap

  322. Pingback: where can i buy amaryl 2 mg

  323. Pingback: amoxicillin 500 mg without a prescription

  324. Pingback: ampicillin 500 mg no prescription

  325. Pingback: poker game online

  326. Pingback: antabuse 250 mg tablets

  327. Pingback: antivert 25 mg united kingdom

  328. Pingback: strattera 40 mg australia

  329. Pingback: levitra viagra

  330. Pingback: aricept 10mg pills

  331. Pingback: free image compressor

  332. Pingback: image size compressor online

  333. Pingback: Online PDF Manager free

  334. Pingback: ski at old age

  335. Pingback: arimidex 1 mg australia

  336. Pingback: tamoxifen 20 mg online

  337. Pingback: air purifier price in india

  338. Pingback: china air purifier tower cost

  339. Pingback: 3kg plastic molding machine price

  340. Pingback: machine vision system ppt

  341. Pingback: battery making machine price in india

  342. Pingback: screw fitting machine

  343. Pingback: cnc spring coiling machine price

  344. Pingback: buy tadalafil

  345. Pingback: ashwagandha 60caps without a doctor prescription

  346. Pingback: atarax 25 mg prices

  347. Pingback: texas holdem poker online

  348. Pingback: augmentin 500/125mg without prescription

  349. Pingback: avapro 300 mg without a prescription

  350. Pingback: order viagra online without a prescription

  351. Pingback: ecommerce quality

  352. Pingback: evano pdf merger

  353. Pingback: avodart 0,5mg cost

  354. Pingback: generic pills for ed

  355. Pingback: free online poker no download

  356. Pingback: baclofen 10 mg no prescription

  357. Pingback: bactrim 400/80mg united states

  358. Pingback: online application for archive extraction

  359. Pingback: how to open a rar file

  360. Pingback: buy viagra online

  361. Pingback: limited period offers

  362. Pingback: make ringtone online

  363. Pingback: online ringtone maker for free

  364. Pingback: online store for wine

  365. Pingback: Biaxin 500 mg otc

  366. Pingback: order Premarin 0,625mg

  367. Pingback: shelf life of cialis

  368. Pingback: buy buspar 10 mg

Leave a Comment!