Florida Keys – Largo Lounging

South Florida and the Keys are some of my absolute favorite vacation spots in the world. In grade school, I was lucky enough to attend week-long snorkeling camps at John Pennekamp Park two years in a row. The experience was incredible! It’s stayed with me all these years, and I always yearn to go back.

One particular trip to Key Largo, we stumbled on the perfect getaway—a colorful little cottage on a sand beach (hard to find in the Keys because everything is coral), complete with lazy hammocks and beachside grills.

We put those grills to good use the evening after our deep sea fishing excursion, stopped at the local grocery for seasoning and cooked our catch as we watched the sunset from our hammocks.

Best. Fish. Ever.

Until the next day, when my brother and I glimpsed a rare hammerhead while snorkeling!

Don't forget to check out Fraction of Stone!!



  1. I absolutely love the Keys. We went lobstering at Big Pine Key last year and it was a lot of fun.

    We'll probably be heading down to Key Largo, at some point, this year as well.

    Great scenery and a truly relaxed atmosphere down there.

    Left and Write

  2. The Keys is one of those vacation spots I've forever had on my list of places to visit, but just can't seem to get there. *sigh* :)

  3. I was all caught up in the idyllic picture you painted and then yikes! The shark. Hammerheads are cool though - definitely one of the bizarrest animals ever!

  4. Hello, Nicole! I've only been to Orlando in Florida (for Disney World). Key Largo sounds wonderful!

    Happy A to Z-ing! from Laura Marcella @ Wavy Lines

  5. I love the Florida Keys! Went there back in December and couldn't match up the amazing weather to how close to Christmas we were :P

  6. Sounds like it was a good day and evening!

  7. I have never been to the Florida Keys, but have heard a lot about them! lol. Also--just began Fraction of a Stone!! :)

  8. That is so cool that you had an experience like that as a kid. I can't wait to read Fraction of Stone, too.

  9. I've heard good things about Florida as a vacation spot.

  10. I want to go snorkeling so bad! Good luck during the challenge.

    Mel at Writings, Musings and Other Such Nonsense

  11. I love the Keys. Marathon, Largo and Key West are the only places I have been. Fun post.

  12. Some day! I will get to Florida. Great post!
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

  13. Not sure how I'd react if I saw a shark while snorkelling ...

    .... oh no, I do know how I'd react. I'd backpedal my way out of the water as quick as possible!

    Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom