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Photo Friday: Feeding the Tarpon at Robbies, Islamorada, Florida Keys

July 8th, 2011 by bsmith | 3 Comments | Filed in Florida Adventures, Florida Family Travel, Florida With Kids

Robbie's Marina Florida Keys

When I checked in at the Islander at Islamorada, the kind desk clerk suggested that our family visit nearby Robbie’s Marina to feed the tarpon.   Robbie’s is a funky marina, restaurant, and flea market in Islamorada.  The kids had fun trying to feed the tarpon.  Justin enjoyed holding the bait up high and watching these giant fish leap out of the water.  The little guys and I were content to drop some bait in the water and watch the frenzy ensue. 

Justin Feeding the Tarpon, Robbie's Marina Islamorada


As we headed to the pier, we passed by some hungry pelicans.

Pelican, Robbie's Marina Islamorada

  The highlight of the adventure for Jared was being able to pick out a popsicle.  I enjoyed the wall decorations of hundreds of sunglasses, key chains, etc. that had presumably dropped into the water as folks fed the tarpon.

Picking out a popsicle. Robbie's Islamorada

If you go, be sure to bring some hand sanitizer.  Robbie’s idea of post tarpon feeding cleanup is a bucket of soapy water!

Happy Trails!


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Family Travel Tips: Summer in the Florida Keys and West Palm Beach

July 4th, 2011 by bsmith | 2 Comments | Filed in Family Travel, Florida With Kids, Travel Tips

We are flying home on the Fourth of July.  Exhausted from a week of non-stop fun in Florida.    Here are a few travel tips to share if a Florida adventure is in your summer plans.

1) Sunscreen from head to toe.  Rash guards are a must.  Funny how much more powerful that Florida sun is, even for this California girl!

2)  Bug Repellent from day one…especially in the Florida Keys!  We are still scratching the bites on the airplane ride home.

3) Plan for rain, thunder, and lightening.  In some situations you can just ignore the rain, but more than once our aquatic adventures were cut short due to the threat of lightening.  Have a back up plan (We found a local bowling alley to while away a rainy afternoon)

4) Expect to do a lot of driving, especially in the Florida Keys.  It took us two and half hours to drive from Key West to Key Largo after dark.  (The speed limit goes down after dark.)

5)  Pick a family friendly home base with a great pool   We enjoyed our stays at  the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort in Key Largo  and the Islander Resort  in Islamorada.  Both resorts had beach access, so we could wake up and go snorkeling and also  swim in thehotel  pool until bed time.

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