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Spring Break Diaries

March 26, 2017

 

Last week, my best friend, Brianne, and I ventured off to the Florida Keys for spring break. Between the sunshine or the frozen cocktails, it really was one of the best weeks I’ve had in a long time. I’ve always believed that surrounding yourself with family and friends can drastically improve your mood, and that couldn’t have rung more true this week. Cheesy, I know. But, I really did need this break and having my best friend by my side really boosted my spirits.

 

Linked similar travel items at the bottom of the page.

Birds-eye view of Boston after take-off. 

Being nearly completely broke after living in Europe made it really hard to even think about planning a trip for spring break this year. But, I’m so blessed to have my awesome grandparents willing to take in Bri and I for the week for free stay. They have a house in Summerland Key, which is only about a 30 minute drive into Key West.

 

My grandparents really know how to spoil me. They greeted Brianne and I with these hand-made, rum-filled, coconut drinks the second we got off the plane.^^ (Making our 3 hour car ride from Fort Lauderdale to the Keys a bit more bearable). But, aside from that, they cooked for us all week, let us borrow the car whenever, and were constantly mixing us up some frozen daiquiris to quench our thirst! 🙂

 

Made by my grandma and SO YUMMY! Salad with fresh tuna, chickpeas, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, salt & pepper, and olive oil & balsamic right from Florence, all on top of a bed of iceburg lettuce!

These Vineyard Vines suits are my favorite to wear for a decent tan line! I have about 5 pairs in all different colors & prints! I linked similar ones down at the bottom of this post.

Bri and I spent our first day at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. Key West isn’t entirely known for it’s beaches but if you were to pick from their select few, I would highly recommend this one. It cost $3 per head upon entry and was well worth it. The beach is beautiful, clean, not very crowded, and everyone is very cordial. You have an option to rent beach chairs and an umbrella on the beach, although it was rather expensive ($35 for two chairs and an umbrella). There’s lots of sun and shade options as well and the water is clean and calm. We were even lucky enough to see a manatee swim up close to shore!

 

I normally never wear one pieces but this one was too cute not to buy! Similar links at the end of this post.

Another day we were there we spent at Bahia Honda State Park in Big Pine Key. This beach was a real treat. The beaches are great for hiking and the water is perfect for snorkeling! One end of the park gives you a gorgeous view of the old Seven-Mile Bridge and a view of the Gulf of Mexico. While the other side is a perfect swimming area in the Atlantic.

 

 

We spent our nights down in Key West. Key West is an entirely different world at times (similar to Provincetown on Cape Cod). You can freely roam the street with a drink in your hand and you may even stumble across a nude bar here and there. Every little corner is filled with a funny sign or an odd piece of art that is nothing short of entertaining.

 

You can’t go to Key West and not stroll Duval Street from one end to another at least once a day. It’s fun and entertaining every time. So many shops, restaurants, and bars. One favorite bar for us was Fat Tuesday’s They had great music and a fun crowd for spring break. You also can’t miss stopping in to Kermit’s Key Lime Shop. They have so many different key lime recipes and treats. Having Celiac Disease, Bri was ecstatic that they even had a huge array of gluten-free options for her, too.

 

 

As well as Duval Street, you can’t miss a sunset and drinks at Sunset PierThe live music and views make the atmosphere amazing. People come all over the world to watch the sunset here. Walk up and down the pier for street entertainment and local artists selling goods as well.

 

By the way, who else is just as obsessed with these sunglasses as I am!? I found them for only $7 as well as the romper at a boutique on Duval Street that very same day. (I may or may not have had the woman ring up my whole outfit with the tags still on my body LOL). My all-time favorite blogger is Amber Fillerup from Barefoot Blonde and these glasses made me feel ALMOST as fabulous as she is. Check out my links below for some more cute rompers and sunglasses.

P.S!!! Bri is a Dietitian major at the University of Connecticut and has a really cool food gram. Go follow it her and hire her as your nutritionist some day @glutenfree.bri !! (welcome 😉 )

TRAVEL: Leggings // Top // Sneakers // Luggage (similar; mine purchased from TJ Maxx) // Passport Cover 

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