We added a few days onto our Florida family vacation in Sanibel and spent some additional time in Key West prior to Hurricane Elsa hitting and disrupting the end of our vacation. The good news was Elsa didn’t get too close to us, but unfortunately it hit other parts of Florida.
We only had a few days to spend in the Keys, but eating breakfast at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen in Key Largo was on the top of the list and it didn’t disappoint. The “Mac Attack” was a family favorite.
We stopped at the Worldwide Sportsman Bayside Marina to check out the view of the Bay and discovered some of the largest tarpon we have ever seen in our life swimming in the water right next to the boat docks. These tarpon were at least 8 feet long, as well as all the nurse sharks following them around. One lady came out and threw chunks of chicken to the tarpon. That was fun to watch.
We didn’t exactly know how much time we would have to spend in Key West, so we bypassed a few stops in order to make Key West by mid afternoon. Key West has so much to see and do as far as nightlife, but also cultural stops as well. Since this was a family vacation, we wouldn’t be hitting any of the bars or nightlife.
We would be in the Keys during the 4th of July, so we opted to watch the 4th of July fireworks at Sombrero Beach in Marathon. The beach is nice as far as Florida Keys beaches go, and they had live entertainment prior to the fireworks show. We did a little snorkeling and swimming, before the sun set.
We had booked a snorkeling trip out to Sombrero Reef, but due to the hurricane warning for the lower & middle Keys, the snorkeling trip got cancelled. We did have some snorkeling equipment of our own, so we found the best local area for snorkeling and headed to Horseshoe Beach. We found plenty of barracuda, parrot fish, angelfish, lobster and sea urchin. We snorkeled for about an hour, then we had to run for the car, due to one of the outer bands of the hurricane was approaching and bringing a heck of a thunderstorm our way. It cut our snorkeling short, but at least we got in the water and saw plenty of sea life.