The chefs at King Seafood Market & Restaurant have the largest pantry around: the open water. Their location in the Florida Keys sits at the nexus of the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, where their own boats go out in search of stone crab, spiny lobster, mahi-mahi, and other species. On a good day, they might even bring home a blue marlin so big a forklift is required to raise it above the docks. In addition to their own catches, King Seafood sources fresh seafood from some of the best local anglers around.
Of course customers never see all that hard work, though they can't possibly miss the giant mural of Poseidon painted above the restaurant's entrance. Behind his powerful trident waits a casual dining room surrounded by blue walls, mounted fish, and other nautical decor. In an open kitchen, chefs fry and grill fish platters and sandwiches along with non-seafood dishes such as pork sandwiches or philly cheesesteaks. Alternatively, King Seafood's team sells fresh fish for customers to take home, assuming their freezers aren't completely filled with green popsicles nobody wants.
Islamorada, deemed one of the Best Honeymoon Spots by the Knot, rests quietly in the upper portion of the Florida Keys, southwest of Key Largo. Visitors living the laid-back Keys lifestyle can bask in the sun, feed green and silver tarpon by hand from a dock, or saunter from snorkeling with dolphins at one marina to kayaking with paddle-wielding manatees at the next. Most eateries extend beach or patio seating to diners to offer a better view of the sunset and its reflection in the ocean while guests sip cool beers.The historic Overseas Highway, once a railroad connecting the Keys until Mother Nature repurposed it with a hurricane in 1935, now ushers motorists up and down the Keys to experience each bit of blue and green beauty Florida has to offer. At Bahia Honda State Park, travelers can tip their swim caps to a bridge standing as a reminder of the old railway as they wade to ultimate relaxation in warm Gulf water.
Amidst the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys, Key Largo Fisheries has furnished kitchens and kebabs with fresh seafood fetched from local fishermen and exotic locales since 1972. Succulent shellfish including lobster ($10.99/lb.), stone crab ($12.99–$29.99/lb.), and shrimp ($9.99–$15.99/lb.) newly plucked from nearby waters unbutton their hard-shell exteriors to reveal butter-ready meat. Grouper ($15.99/lb.), yellowtail snapper ($12.99/lb.), and other finned fare make enticing grilled or fried main dishes, and an array of premade items including crab cakes ($7.99 for two) and smoked fish dip ($15.99/qt.) supplies gatherings with quick, convenient eats. To sate seafood cravings or cede to mermaids begging for scraps, the Take Away Cafe populates its menu with a range of oceanic ambrosia.
Who understands luxury better than a limousine aficionado? Limo Bob, the glammed-out admiral of a fleet of exotic luxury rides, now adds to Key Largo's only oceanside cocktail upscale lounge and limousine museum to his operations. After celebrating the good life with a drink like the Big Splash—the club's 30-oz. signature drink made with vodka, coconut rum, and Blue Curacao—diners feast on the likes of artichoke hearts and goat cheese mousse, then grab a ride in one of Bob's opulent vehicles. Unlike a taxi or a stretch bicycle, limos let revelers keep the party rolling as they tour the town they are now the toast of.
But despite all the revelry his business creates, life for Limo Bob hasn't always been filled with opulence and parties. A lifelong entrepreneur, he started several limousine business through the years that were met with bad luck, causing him start his enterprises over from scratch each time. Never giving up, he chose to learn from the past and has now built his limousine business into a popular, multi-state institution. Today, his priorities go far beyond doing good business and into doing good: he also donates his services to charities that help children, women, and the elderly.
Splashing out into the waters of the upper Keys, clients of Paddle! the Florida Keys explore surrounding waterways atop kayaks and standup paddleboards. Both professionally guided and self-guided tours are available, including the popular eco-tour, where paddlers will learn about the rich natural history of the area while keeping an eye out for manatees, dolphins, and wise old fortune-telling sea turtles. Hourly and daily rentals are available for watercraft?as well as bicycles?so visitors have an array of options for exploring by land or sea. Those that find they love paddling or that a seagull has stolen their favorite sun hat can purchase everything they need for a day at the beach in the onsite shop, too.
A thatched roof bar right on the water and cocktails crafted with freshly squeezed juices welcome guests to Creekside Restaurant & Tiki Bar's little corner of paradise. Guests here dine on the ocean's bounty while taking in unparalleled views of mangrove trees, boats floating by, and awe-inspiring sunsets. They can arrive via boat or car.
Creekside's chefs embrace their location and churn out conch fritters, grilled mahi tacos, blackened Key West pink shrimp, and lump crab cakes. For those who prefer something other than seafood, the chefs grill steaks and tuck chicken breasts into sandwiches slathered with honey mustard.