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Showing posts with label key largo. Show all posts

Friday, June 30, 2023

Experience the Vibrant Paradise: Gilberts Tiki Bar in Key Largo

 Hey there! Today I've got a hot topic to discuss: Gilberts in Key Largo! If you're looking for a place that combines great food, lively atmosphere, and an unforgettable experience, then you've hit the jackpot. Buckle up and join me on this virtual journey to one of my favorite spots in the Florida Keys.

 Firstly, let's talk about the Tiki bar. Get ready for a real treat! Gilberts is well-known for its special drinks at the biggest Tiki Bar in the Keys. You'll enjoy live music, delicious drinks, fresh seafood, and a fantastic view!

Now, let's talk about the atmosphere at Gilberts—it's truly something special. They know how to create a lively and colorful vibe, just like the Caribbean. Imagine this: sitting at their outdoor tables, enjoying a cold drink while the sun warms your skin and a gentle ocean breeze plays with your hair. Live music fills the air, and the sound of laughter and good times surrounds you. That's the magic of Gilberts!

But there's more! Gilberts offers plenty of activities to keep you entertained all day long. If you're feeling adventurous, you can hop on a jet ski and explore the clear waters. Or if you prefer a more relaxed experience, you can rent a kayak and paddle through the mangroves, immersing yourself in nature's beauty. And if you love fishing, you're in luck! Gilberts has fishing charters that will take you to the best spots for catching big fish.

So, if you're planning a trip to Key Largo, make sure to visit Gilberts. It's a place where good food and good times come together to create unforgettable memories. Whether you want a casual lunch, an exciting evening, or a weekend getaway, Gilberts has got you covered.

Remember, life is too short to settle for anything less than extraordinary experiences. Embrace the Keys and let Gilberts in Key Largo be your ultimate destination for fun in the sun. Trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Until next time  —keep smiling, keep exploring, and keep chasing the joy in every moment. See you at Gilberts!


Saturday, April 13, 2019

Discovering Homestead, Florida: Top Things to Do While Exploring

 Between Miami and the Florida Keys is the often overlook town of Homestead, Florida. I know some people stop over for the night on the way to the Keys, but very few take the time to explore the area.

We were traveling from Naples to Key largo and had most of a day to do nothing, so we decided to take a look around Homestead. Our first stop was the Coral Castle. I had read where some people thought it was a waste of money, but we loved it. You can find my post about our visit here.

After leaving the Coral Castle, we headed to find a Buddhist temple that was hidden about eight mile out of town in the middle of a farming community. We passed so many crop farms. Once you get about a quarter of a mile from the main downtown area, farms are all you will see.

 A lot of the main houses are beautifully landscaped with flowers and palm trees. Running vines with bright orange flowers covered a fence running along the front of a farmhouse we drove past. We could not resist stopping for a pic!

The Wat Buddharangsi Buddhist Temple of Homestead,  Florida was even more beautiful in person! It is open to the public most of the time. They even hold festivals and events and invite the public. I have heard that the monks are welcoming and will instruct you on meditation if you so wish. We walked around without ever see anyone. I would love to go back during one of the events!

We wanted to visit Biscayne National Park Institute, but ran out of time. Hopefully we can get there on our next trip through.

Homestead is also a good place to stay as a cheaper alternative to lodging in the upper Florida Keys. It is only 30 mile from Key Largo.

Happy Travels! 

Sunday, March 10, 2019

Kona Kai Resort: A Serene Oasis in Key Largo, Florida

The Kona Kai Resort boasts an array of luxurious accommodations, from spacious suites to cozy cottages, each designed to provide you with the utmost comfort and convenience. You'll find that each room is tastefully decorated with a blend of modern amenities and classic tropical charm, creating a perfect atmosphere for your vacation.

One of the highlights of the Kona Kai Resort is its private beach, where you can soak up the sun, swim in the crystal-clear waters, or simply relax under a palm tree. For those who love water activities, the resort offers a range of options, including kayaking, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. And if you prefer to stay dry, you can take a dip in the heated pool or indulge in a soothing massage at the on-site spa.

If you're in the mood for some adventure, there's plenty to explore in Key Largo. The resort is just minutes away from John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, where you can snorkel, dive, or take a glass-bottom boat tour to discover the vibrant underwater world of the Florida Keys.

Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, a family vacation, or a solo escape, the Kona Kai Resort in Key Largo is the perfect choice for your next tropical adventure. Book your stay today and experience the ultimate in relaxation and luxury.

Kona Kai is located in Key Largo, the uppermost island of the Florida Keys. It is 64 miles (1 1/2 hour drive) from the Miami airport and 96 miles (2 hour drive) from Key West. 

Address: 97802 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037

Enjoy Your Visit!


Saturday, March 2, 2019

Discovering the Wonders of the Coral Castle in Florida

Often compared with the construction of Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid, Coral Castle is the mysterious work of a Latvian emigrant named Edward Leedskalnin. Ed built his castle to impress the love of his life (Agnes Scuffs), a 16-year-old who had left him on the day before their wedding.

Originally started in Florida City and later moved to Homestead, the mystery of how he single-handedly moved, carved, and erected millions of pounds of coral rock to build this place remains today.

To add to the mystery, Ed was only five feet tall and barely weighed a 100 pounds. He would only say that he knew "the secret of the pyramids.

Ed was a very secretive man. During the 28 years it took him to build the castle, no one ever observed him working on it. There is a book, "Mr. Can't is Dead by Orval M. Irwin", written by a friend that supposedly tells some of his secrets. It is sold in the castle gift shop.

Know Before You Go:

A full narrated tour is included in the price. The guided made it very interesting with his sense of humor.

The last stop of the tour is located outside of the wall. This is the perfect time to slip inside and grab some photos without a ton of people in them.

 You will be in full sun the entire time, but they do provide umbrellas.

Photography is allowed. No videos.

Interesting Fact:

I'm not sure why, but Billy Idol wrote and recorded the song “Sweet Sixteen” as a tribute to Ed and the Coral Castle. The song video was shot on location at the Castle.

The Coral Castle is located:

30 miles (30 minute drive) from the Miami International Airport
36 miles (45 minute drive) from Key Largo
172 miles (156 miles) from Fort Myers/Sanibel Island area


28655 S Dixie Hwy, Homestead, FL 33033

Happy Travels!