Low-key turkey in the Keys, Florida

October 23, 2009 0 comment

Hurricane season is behind us…Time to pack those bikinis, the snorkerling equipment and 45spf for the family. We spent a Thanksgiving holiday once at Islamorada in Florida, and it was such a great escape from NY.

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With the easy drive from Miami airport (1h45), it’s actually a nice break from many other places in the world. There’s a gem that my friend Robin had recommended, the kind of place that you only tell your good friends (thanks Robin), it’s called The Moorings. You must book it quite far in advance because it’s a small piece of paradise that families reserve over and over again. The great thing about it, it’s right on a long white-sand beach (picture-postcard with palm trees bending to the water), it is very quiet and safe, and you have the choice between different budgets: cottages, villas or staying at the lodge. It’s all very tastefully put together and you can walk everywhere, barefoot that is. There’s even a small spa with good massages and yoga classes, plus a pool and a tennis court.

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The only times you really need your car is to pick up those fresh bagels and the Miami Herald from the deli which is actually just 5 minutes away by car. It’s nice to head over the Morada Bay Cafe for lunch with the kids, for a bbq of mahi-mahi or a conch chowder. Don’t miss the citrus-key lime pie while you’re there, THE best! and don’t forget the sand toys either! It’s nice to save one evening for a romantishna dinner or cocktails in front of the sunset at Pierre’s Cafe. Ask for a table feet in the sand if you want. And believe me, you’ll eat really well in Florida! For our Thanksgiving dinner, we had a low-key turkey moment. We shared it with the locals at a nearby diner and it was just fun, unpretentious and greasy fingers. It was Marcelo’s first Thanksgiving and hopefully it set the tone for many other happy ones.

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BozAround tips: If the family can’t stand still on the beach, take a drive on the Overseas Highway (a.k.a Route 1), the children will love the feeling of driving on water and crossing those beautiful bridges. You can also arrange a deep-sea fishing trip. Everyone will have fun if no-one is sea-sick, but be aware that it is very expensive and catching a big fish is not part of the package. Quite frankly, you could do so much more, from aquarium visits to glass-bottom boat trips, water-skiing etc, but I think it’s just nice  to enjoy the moment at the Moorings. If you’d like to add a stay in kid-friendly Miami, this article from Cookie Magazine is full of good suggestions.

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