Friday, December 23, 2016

little palm island

every december for the past couple of years, we have traveled to key west, florida to visit family on stephen's side. we look forward to the trip every year because it's great to get away, see family, and the weather is usually amazingly warm. the key west vibe is so laid back and makes for a great no-cares-given vacation. this year was extra special because we visited on stephen's dad's birthday and we took a day trip out to little palm island for lunch to celebrate.

it only takes a 30 minute car ride plus a 15 minute ferry ride to get to little palm from key west. definitely not terrible since the island views and accommodations are worth it! it reminded me of latitude's, which is closer to key west and also requires a boat ride, but little palm island is larger and there's more to see. as soon as I stepped off the boat, I felt like I was on gilligan's island and did not want to be found.

we parked at the visitor's center in order to board the ferry, which was very nicely appointed. the weather was a little overcast, which worked well to keep the heat manageable.

fifteen minutes later, we docked at little palm and set out for lunch on the island.

little palm is a private island which can only be accessed by sea-plane or boat from little torch key. island-chic bungalows feature thatched roofs and vaulted ceilings with private decks with ocean views and outdoor showers and jacuzzis. we walked around and peeked into the bungalow areas but couldn't see much because it's such a lush and private environment.

we made it to the restaurant and sat down outside to take in the views and some cocktails. I ordered the restaurant's famous gumby slumber, a concoction of juices, rum, and toasted coconut. 

there were many signs on the island which signified "no cellphones" - I loved this and since we hardly saw any people, I definitely didn't hear any cell phones.

for lunch, we shared a couple of appetizers including crab cakes and duck empanadas. I ordered the catch of the day sandwich, which was swordfish. I love fish sandwiches and almost didn't order it because I wasn't sure how the swordfish would be on a sandwich. it was phenomenal. 

after finishing lunch, stephen and I wandered around the island before catching the ferry back to the mainland. we even saw a baby shark in the shallow water!

it turns out that the people on little palm even have a sense of humor... my favorite is obviously "conch gone.... hurricane" haha!

before catching the ferry, we found a hammock to lie on for a few moments of quietness before heading back to reality. little palm island was such a treat that I wasn't expecting! 

anyone else up for more island time this winter? I would love to hop on a plane to key west again this year. a girl can dream...

to read more about some of our key west trips over the years: top 10 things to do in key westkey west butterfly conservatory, and brunch at sarabeth's.

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