Last Day in the Keys – Beach, Tests and Sundowners

Holi, Colours, New Arrivals and A Boat Trip with Eagles Travels with Allie.

  1. Holi, Colours, New Arrivals and A Boat Trip with Eagles
  2. Patnem and Palolem
  3. Farewells, Birthdays and Exciting Arrivals
  4. Turtle Beach & Cooking Class
  5. A Boat Excursion to Chola Beach

We did quite a lot of packing when we first got up and then headed off at 10 to get our test results. As forewarned by the pharmacist, the email copies had not arrived. She printed them off for us right away – all negative – HOORAY!!

We headed straight to the beach from there. It was 28C and sunny today. We went to the Bahia Honda state park, just across the 7 mile bridge. There are three beaches there and we chose the most sheltered one and hunkered down for the day. The water was pretty cold, but we got pretty hot so Bob and I went in about 4 times. Not to swim… Just for a dunk and to stand about in the water.

We stayed till about 3pm and then came back and finalised our packing. Walked across to Sunset Grille at about 515. Enjoyed a good 45 minutes of happy hour sitting in the adirondack chairs looking out towards the sunset. It was busy there as usual.

We stayed for dinner and we got our table at about 645. We’d intended to go for seafood but we saw a man at the bar having prime rib and to be honest, it looked so good, we all went for it. It came with asparagus, truffled mash and jus. I guess all I can say is that we all dived into it so quickly, I didn’t even think to take a picture. It was absolutely delicious. Soft as butter, so juicy and tasty. Ah, I forgot…. Bob and I started with 12 natural oysters which were delicious, and Stuart had coconut shrimp. We were all too full for pudding although Fi was craving a slice of that key lime pie…..

We’ve had a lovely time down here in the Keys. It’s a world away from the rest of Florida, and definitely from the rest of the U.S.A. It’s like a chain of Caribbean islands joined on to the mainland by a series of bridges and a narrow road, but with far more in common with, say, Cuba, than the U.S.. Very laid back… very quirky…. a bit “old hippy”….. Could easily have stayed a lot longer….