After the very long drive, we checked into our hotel (which was serving complimentary cocktails that I wasn’t allowed to drink, I might add…) and collapsed in our pristine rooms. We couldn’t have been further from a CSI crime scene than if we had tried.
As our hotel was extremely close the Key West’s historic harbour, we spend a lot of time wandering up and down the boardwalk that weekend. The area might well be the only place in the US outside of large cities where walking to and from places is the norm.
On the evening of the fourth, we treated ourselves to a fancy meal out on the waterfront at the Hyatt’s restaurant SHOR. We were welcomed by these adorable guys.
But that’s not to say we weren’t treated to a spectacular light show!
It made the perfect backdrop for our one and only slice of authentic Key lime pie (how could we resist?!). The restaurant we were at actually won the official last Key lime pie contest so we knew we were literally about to eat the best Key lime pie on the planet… And my god, it was incredible. No picture because we all pretty much inhaled it. So good.
As night descended (along with the mosquitoes), we actually didn’t see very many fireworks! We heard one or two from a display on the other side of the island but really nothing much. For all we’d heard that the US loves Independence Day, Key West does it very low key indeed.
Availing myself of the last waffle machine I’d be given access to, I stuffed my face at breakfast and shoved all my belongings back into my case (considerably messier than when they were originally packed). We drove the last leg of the journey to Orlando International Airport and returned the rental car.
Our flight was then, of course, delayed on the tarmac due to a severe lightning storm in the vicinity which stopped the ground crew from loading the luggage but after an hour we got up in the air and on our way back to good old Blighty.
|Universal Studios Orlando||Key Biscayne|
|Cocoa Beach and Village||Orchids and Key Largo|
|Kennedy Space Center||Dolphin Research Center|
|Miami Beach||Key West|