We took the opportunity to drive down to Key West to witness the remarkable island lifestyle and experience that the Keys offer. The drive in itself is spectacular and the moment you cross over to the first Key from the mainland the landscape changes drastically. Mangroves line the border between island and open water, and the blend between blue sky and turquoise water is breath-taking.
We made a stop to see and feed Tarpons from a dock, drink a cold drink at a kitschy fisher-mans hide-out and after crossing the 7-mile bridge we eventually made it to Key West.
Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort, is located on gorgeous Sunset Key, a secluded 27-acre Florida island. Comprising seven acres of the island, the cottages are designed for the sophisticated traveler who demands the very best. Nestled amid this tropical paradise are luxurious one, two, three and four bedroom cottages, each designed in traditional Key West architecture and offering magnificent ocean or garden views. Every detail of the cottages captures tranquility and charm, from the pastel-colored wood finishes to the authentic Victorian-style tin roofs. Spacious wrap-around verandas, with Adirondack chairs and tables, are the perfect location to sip a glass of champagne or enjoy your complimentary breakfast basket and newspaper delivered each morning.
We got settled in our cottage and headed out to watch the sunset from the arrival dock. The temperature still remains warm despite the sun setting and not even a breeze is enough to cool you down. We headed into the mainland to go for dinner and decided to eat at Mangoes on Duval Street. The fresh seafood was outstanding and didn't disappoint visually or in taste.
The city centre remains buzzing long after dark and people from all over the world casually stroll up and down the street, browsing through shops with varying touristy merchandise.
We returned to our island residence and wrapped up the evening with a leisurely swim in the pool. After a long day full of colourful impressions we called it a day, falling asleep to the sound of waves rolling in over the beach and some distant lightning charges in the clouds.
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