These days, many people find satisfaction and purpose in helping others in need — including two Key Westers who are longtime volunteers for a heartwarming local organization. “Cooking With Love” exemplifies the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, and gives back to the community in the Florida Keys’ true "One Human Family" fashion.
Dining outdoors while watching the picturesque sunset is a signature Florida Keys experience, enjoyed by countless visitors to the subtropical destination. One of the primary places to enjoy it is Islamorada’s Morada Bay Keys Beach Café & Bar, an outdoor Mediterranean bistro café set in the sand that’s known for spectacular sunset views.
Attention, crustacean fans: Aug. 6 marks the start of the Florida Keys lobster season. Given their location surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the Keys are a paradise for lovers of fish and seafood. And topping the list of seafood standouts is the native lobster — often called spiny lobster.
Key West’s inviting eateries offer relaxing, socially-distanced outdoor dining and an amazing array of scrumptious dishes. Discover some local cuisine favorites — ranging from an enticing entrée and decadent dessert at Island House Resort to a bountiful brunch at the Mediterranean oasis called Azur — on a gourmet journey through the appealing island city.
Despite COVID-19 travel restrictions, a “virtual Florida Keys experience” can still be enjoyed while staying safely sequestered at home. With a little bit of imagination and the delivery of some fabulous Keys goodies, it’s not difficult to get a temporary "Keys fix" until officials determine that the destination can begin welcoming travelers again.
Emmy Award–winning travel host Samantha Brown is showcasing the Florida Keys in a 30-minute episode of her program “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” scheduled to air on public television stations nationwide beginning in January 2020. Guided by local residents, Samantha explores the Keys’ signature foods, literary culture, history, environment and sustainability initiatives.
Patrick Garvey owns and operates Big Pine Key’s 2-acre fruit farm Grimal Grove, billed as the first breadfruit grove in the continental U.S. His passion is to grow food sustainably and educate others — and he plans to reopen Grimal Grove Jan. 11 as a Florida Keys breadfruit research site, agritourism attraction and educational park.
Savoring the taste of fresh-baked Cuban bread, watching pooches play at Dog Beach, strolling along palm-lined streets past Victorian gems in historic Old Town, sipping late-afternoon cocktails on the waterfront deck at Louie’s Backyard ... all these are pleasures Key Westers can enjoy every day, but that aren’t easily experienced in other places.
The seafaring spirit, vibrant marinas, renegade arts emporiums and inviting waterfront bars and restaurants of Stock Island will be showcased Dec. 13-15 during the I Love Stock Island Festival. The festival celebrates Stock Island’s culture and heritage with yummy culinary offerings, art studio tours, a holiday boat parade, live music and much more.
Incredible as it may seem, the 2019 holidays are sneaking up fast. And in the Florida Keys, they’re celebrated with festivities that range from traditional to eccentric — with, of course, a unique island twist. Throughout November and December, visitors can find events designed to jingle their bells all around the holiday-loving Keys communities.