Key Largo Journals

Thanksgiving in the Keys

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A November 2011 trip to Key Largo by MilwVon

Snappers Waterfront Restaurant and Saloon Photo, Key Largo, Florida More Photos
Quote: This was a week-long family reunion holiday, three sisters plus spouses . . . no kids, no grandkids. An adults only week of RnR.

230 Taylor Drive - "The House"

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Our Room Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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As we had done for our last Tison Sisters’ Thanksgiving Holiday in 2009, Cindy found a house for rent in Florida for the week, through "Vacation Rentals By Owners" (VRBO.com). This one was in Key Largo, the first of the many islands that make up the infamous "Florida Keys" off the coast of Miami. Since this was going to be the "adults only", we only needed a three bedroom house and 230 Taylor Dr. fit the bill well.The house was a double-wide modular home, with approximately 1,800 square feet. With three bedrooms and two baths, it would accommodate the six of us for our week’s holiday. While the house was quite spacious with common area living space, it was not very conducive for the si...Read More

The Fish House

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Restaurant | "Outstanding Seafood Dining in the Keys"

The Fish House Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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One of the nice things about renting a house or cottage for a family vacation is the ability to keep meal costs down by cooking in. That is one of our favorite benefits of using timeshares for most of our vacations. That said, it seems wrong to take a holiday in the Florida Keys and not get out for at least one nice seafood dinner . . . unless of course, you don’t like fish. Out of the six of us, we did have a couple of people who didn’t so we had to find a place that would also cater to the meat lovers in our group. The Fish House seemed to fit the bill.We arrived at approximately 6:00pm for dinner and were immediately seated. Adrian was introduced as our server, with Carlos assistin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2011

The Fish House
102401 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, Florida 33037
(305) 451-4665

Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant and Saloon

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Restaurant | "Nice Place to Catch the (Packers') Game"

Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant and Saloon Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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With our travel plans being over two Green Bay Packers’ games, we were hopeful that we would be getting the Sunday game against the visiting Tampa Bay team, especially since we were in south Florida. Unfortunately, the house we were renting had DirectTV and they were in some sort of dispute or something with local FOX affiliates and therefore were not able to carry the game. It seems wrong that a game be covered by local TV which we could not get.We scrambled to action, however, trying to find a sports bar that would be open and with the Packers’ game on. Fortunate for us, we found Snapper’s Waterfront Restaurant & Saloon about eight miles from our house, advertising 12 televisions ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 26, 2011

Snapper's Waterfront Restaurant and Saloon
139 Seaside Avenue, Mile Marker 94.5
Oceanside, Key Largo 33037
(305) 852-5956

Things to See & Do In and Near Key Largo

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Von & Rusty Photo, Key West, Florida
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When in the Florida Keys, there are a lot of things to see and do. Key Largo itself is known for its diving and snorkeling opportunities. My brother-in-law Mack went diving several mornings while on vacation and got his "wreck certification" (diving ship wrecks in the ocean). He said it was pretty spectacular, going over 100 feet beneath the surface, penetrating the ship's skeletal remains.We had planned on going snorkeling with one of the many boats that go to the reef that is part of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Unfortunately, the weather was not very conducive (high winds = churned up waters) and a couple of in our group had some back issues making a boat trip ill-advis...Read More

Dry Tortugas National Park

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The Easiest Way to Get There Photo, Key West, Florida
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Dry Tortugas is the National Park furthest south in the United States. Dry Tortugas NP is comprised by a small group of islands. The park is also the location of Ft. Jefferson, the largest of the 19th Century forts built to protect America from attack. As you might have guessed, Ft. Jefferson was named after the US President Thomas Jefferson.You can only get their by boat or seaplane or by booking with a private tour operator. The 70 mile trip by boat from Key West to the park is a fun and leisurely way to take in several hours on the water, soaking up the sun’s rays. If you are more interested in getting their quickly, a plane may be more to your liking. During my three day visit to Key West,...Read More
Alligator's Crossing Photo, Everglades National Park, Florida
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The Royal Palms area of Everglades National Park is one of the more remote places you can get out and walk around on a sidewalk that goes into the wetlands and marshes where you may see alligators, turtles, birds and fish in shallow waters. The Royal Palms Visitors Center and surrounding area is best accessed from the Homestead, Florida. It is quite a distance from Miami, but easily doable.I have been to this area twice, the once seeing a lot of alligators and the second, not seeing a single one. So from my own experience, I must way it is hit and miss, since both trips were during the month of May (the first in 2000 and the second in 2002). David was with me during the 2002 trip and wa...Read More