|Pier at the Cheeca.
Join me on this travel feature to the Florida Keys as we cross the scenic Overseas Highway to celebrate Christmas on the KEYS. Why not trade-in your traditional white Christmas for a tropical Holiday this year? Even Santa loves to get away from the cacophony!
The great American road trip has been our family's all season favorite pastime for the last 15 years! There is no better way to experience this beautiful country's heterogenous landscape! And so, each year we pack our bags and our camera (of course!) and get into our car and hit the road. Yes, in the winter too! Over the years, books and atlas' have been replaced by GPS and smart phone apps but little else has changed about our cherished quest!
And today, I am featuring a few pictures from our 2010 Christmas road trip to an ultimate festive jaunt - the Keys!
Route 1 or the Overseas Highway features on many must-do road trip lists as a hot favorite! So, if you haven't explored this route yet - I urge you to get on the road now!
Here is what the experts have to say about this iconic drive and I couldn't have said it better myself!
"The 113-mile (181-kilometer) drive on Highway 1 from mainland Florida to Key West induces sensory overload. Besides the natural beauty along the route—tidal flats, teal waters dotted by distant islands—the so-called Overseas Highway awes you in its own right as an engineering marvel. Its concrete stretches across impossible expanses of water, the Atlantic spreading out to the left, the Gulf to the right." - National Geographic, Drives of a Lifetime
Read the rest of this travelogue here
|If you are looking for a holiday gift - here is a great book!
For me, the trip began with a stay at the Cheeca Lodge, an Islamorada Key resort.
|Holiday trees cheerily welcome guests at the Cheeca!
|The many shades of comfort!
Overall, the Cheeca did not disappoint but their "secluded private beach" was not much of a beach at all! Even so, the property had lots of other family friendly amenities of boutique distinction that made for a great stay!
|Red tortillas - after all, it's the Holidays!
|the old bahia honda bridge - mesmerizes in all its metallic glory!
Now, Key West is a happening holiday hot spot! The tourists fill Key West with its Joie De Vivre!
A customary picture stop at the Southernmost point of continental USA, a stroll down the island's streets to marvel at the architecture of the kaleidoscopic Victorian homes and a tour of Duval street to feel the energy of enthusiastic tourists completed our afternoon. We saved the best for last - Mallory Square! We had heard about the legendary sunset celebration and made our way to Mallory Square, just in time! And what a carnival it was too! All in honor of the gorgeous nightly sunset!
The convivial spirit of Key West makes it an ideal holiday destination!
Whether you are there for some sport fishing action or just to experience Island culture - the KEYS do not disappoint. And in this case, a road trip on the magnificent Overseas highway is your destination! We bought home many memories of seashores peppered with palm trees, turquoise blue waters, lighted holiday inns and the Island's die-hard festive spirit!
I will recall these images fondly as I celebrate Christmas in frigid temperatures this year!
Hope you enjoyed our holiday travel feature but if you'd rather stay home and watch the twinkle of the lights on your christmas tree by a warm fire and sip hot cocoa while you wait for Santa and Rudolf, then stay tuned! I am featuring my (Deepa's) holiday home soon and you are all invited!
p.s: All pictures are from my personal archives and copyrighted to Aalayam. Please do not use without permission!