Islander life in the Florida Keys

If you’re like us you might be emerging from the pandemic by taking little baby steps back to your former life. We decided to take our first plane trip in over a year this week. Instead of heading overseas as we were used to doing, we headed to the Florida Keys. We flew from Newark to Key West and are happy to report that the United flight was perfect for feeling safe from Covid. We’re vaccinated, but we still want to feel safe from variants and definitely don’t want to unwittingly spread germs. All the passengers were masked and the airline provided individual snack bags. We drove from Key West up the Overseas Highway (Route 1) to the Islander Resort in Islamorada for a few days of relaxed reentry to our former lives. The resort has a real Caribbean feel with its brightly painted rooms and lush grounds. Twenty nine different palm species make the huge grounds a tropical oasis.

The resort requires indoor masks in the lobby and rooms are cleaned only every three days. After the year of isolation that we just endured, both restrictions were a piece of cake for us. Their two restaurants are open, but not to full capacity and outside guests are prohibited. Again we were fine with those rules. Elements restaurant usually offers fine dining. Currently it’s only open for breakfast which we found to be varied and delicious. For lunch and dinner, guests can eat at the Tides with casual seating and ocean views. Food includes typical burgers and fries but there are also fresh Keys fish choices. We loved the blackened Mahi Mahi, seared tuna and conch fritters and chowders.

Among the free activities included at the resort are swimming in two pools or in a protected ocean area, a fishing pier, basketball, volleyball and ping pong.

Each guest can also pick from an hour each day to use a bike, kayak or stand up paddle board. They can be rented for longer times. The activities are overseen by an on-site group of very friendly and accommodating young women who work for the female owned and operated Islander Girl Snorkel & Tours. Our next post will feature our adventures with them.

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