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!
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.
As we reach the mid point of our Florida adventures, I wanted to share one of my favorite pictures so far. Our family took an air boat ride at the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. After our tour, we took a few minutes to explore the tour company’s museum. Destiny was a bit hesitant to pose, but twelve year old Justin embraced the opportunity.
In a few weeks I’ll be on a plane to Florida. It will be our first family plane ride in five years so I expect it to be a little rough. I’ve purchased Gameboys off e-Bay and am brainstorming other ways to keep the kids busy and quiet for the flight. I think the trip will be worthwhile, however. It will be wonderful for the kids to experience a different part of the country and explore unique marine ecosystems. We plan to snorkel, kayak, fish, and collect shells during our Florida family adventure.
Our first stop will be West Palm Beach, and today I’m dreaming of a getaway at the Breakers Palm Beach Resort. This newly refurbished classic luxury resort would be the perfect place for a Florida family getaway. We could take dip in one of the many pools and enjoy the private beach club. The kids would delight in the children’s activities while I read a novel pool side. It would be a great way to relax after my crazy plane flight. They also have some great family friendly promotions right now, like free day camp for certain weekdays and free kids meals at their restaurant. Despite these perks, for this family on a budget, the Breaker’s may be an impossible dream. Still, with a little luck and the help of the family travel website Trekaroo, my dream may actually come true. They are running a contest for a three night stay at the Breakers Palm Beach. Contest ends on Sunday, June 6th so head on over and enter. Hope I’m the winner though .
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Bridget Smith, mom of three, loves to blog about everyday adventures. Her mission is to change the world; one kid, one destination, one effortless trip, one overworked mom, one frazzled dad... one day at a time! Come and join her.