90 miles to Cuba

Written by Nadine Zangerle on . Posted in USA

We drove down the Keys following the US 1. The cluster of islands sitting just next to each other connected with bridges was really cool to see.

Instead of camping at the Keys we decided to do a day trip only. And it was a good decision since the expensive campgrounds where pretty packed. Sure we could have gone to a nice state park but mangroves have this nice smell of rotten eggs. You also call it hydrogen sulphide.

At the John Pennekamp State Park we made a reservation for the next day. Michael and I want to go diving while Rita and Dieter do a trip with the glass bottom boat.

Driving from one key to another – Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon and the Lower Keys – all the way down to Key West we had a great view over those beautiful islands. At Key West we enjoyed a fresh fish at the legendary Bo’s Fish Wagon.

Afterwards we strolled along the cued old town. Sure it was touristy but still nice houses and a great flair. A must have is the Key Lime pie and it was… Well, you gotta try it yourself.

It was a great day and we had been very close to Cuba. Just 90 miles away from Cuba is the southernmost point of the US.

The next day we went diving at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Slowly we drove out of the mangroves into the Golf of Mexico. A bit surprised about our shallow dives – 9 m max – we enjoyed the water temperature of 29 degree Celsius and the good visibility.

The elbow reef had an old slave shipwreck with plenty of marine life – corals, sea fans and coral fish. We found some new fish for us and have to admit that we liked it more than the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

We all had a great last day in the Keys since Dieter and Rita enjoyed their glass-bottom boat tour. Now it’s time to drive towards New Orleans.