Notes From the Backpack #6 – Exploring Florida with the Parents

florida travel with parents

Welcome to Notes from the Backpack. This is the weekly post from Luxury Backpack where I offer a slice of a british writer and travel bloggers life in the Florida Keys… my current luxury backpacking adventures, what I’ve been reading, and of course a few anecdotes from my life in the Florida Keys.

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to my 6th edition of Notes from the Backpack. This is basically a personal note from me to you, for the readers that know me, for the frequent visitors to the site, and of course to any newcomers. I moved from London to the Florida Keys in January last year and have been having a lot of laughs adjusting to this easy, breezy, Keys’y life. Read last week’s post here.

What I’ve Been Reading This Week

This week’s book recommendation is one that I absolutely LOVED. Sweetbitter by Stephanie Danler is a fabulous culinary novel as much about the New York food and wine scene as it is a bildungsroman about a girl who moves to a big city learning how to make it on her own. As someone who has worked as a server the restaurant surroundings were extremely familiar!

florida travel with parents

What I’ve Loved Online This Week

This Week’s Story – South Florida With My Parents Itinerary

florida travel with parents

I have exciting news…

My parents are coming to visit me in Florida this week!

If you read last week’s article about being British in the Florida Keys, imagine that times one hundred, and there you have how it is going to be for my very british parents in South Florida!

I can’t wait. It’s going to be brilliant.

I haven’t seen them for just over one year now (!) which is terrible, but it means these three weeks are going to be very special for us all. Firstly, they get to see the place I now call home, meet my friends, and see my favourite places.

Secondly, it is a well deserved American adventure for them, as my Dad has never been to the states, so they are looking forward to travelling and seeing more of the world. Plus that Florida sunshine is a much needed dose of Vitamin D in the middle of a British winter.

So what does one do with their rents in Florida?

Here is my (rough) South Florida Itinerary for travels with your parents!

First Stop: Homosassa

They land in Tampa… where we will be travelling up to the Homosassa/Crystal River area and visiting the wildlife reserves and meeting some manatees up close and personal! It is a really beautiful part of Florida and a must for nature lovers.

My favourite restaurant in Homosassa is called The Freezer, and is a no frills seafood bar with an amazing fresh seafood menu and a lovely view. I always get snow crab here.

florida travel with parents

florida travel with parents

Next stop: The Everglades.

The Everglades is a great place to travel to with your parents, as there is a lot of history and wildlife. We are going to stop in Everglades city, at a few of the museums/reserves along the way, and then at the Alligator farm just outside Homestead which I’ve never been to.

Next stop: Islamorada

My mum is a huge art fan, and also loves shopping, so Islamorada is the perfect day trip for us. There are lots of small independent galleries and boutiques here. I adore Ocean Gardens and Gifts – it is an amazing interiors shop that also has some treasures such as unusual shells and coins – basically things of interest for Dad to look at whilst we shop!

The Islamorada brewery is a great stop for refreshments, as is Lorelei’s which is right on the beach.

Lastly, I’m going to be sure to take them to hand feed the hundreds of tarpon at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada!

florida travel with parents

Next Stop: Marathon

Sombrero beach, the Dolphin Research centre, the Turtle Hospital, and countless happy hours and great eateries makes Marathon the perfect place to visit with your parents. We have lots of fishing lined up, and some much needed rest time hanging by the pool and sipping cocktails.

florida travel with parents

Next Stop: Big Pine Key

This is the place for spotting key deer, having a beer in the hidden No Name Pub, and a round of mini golf at Boondocks.

Next Stop: Key West

I can’t wait to show them Key West! It is such an amazing place – both beautiful and full of character. I loved the haunted pub crawl so I might take them on that for a dose of spooky history. We are planning on doing a day trip across to the Dry Tortugas which is a really good thing to do, plus there are lots of great beaches, bars, and shops to visit.

florida travel with parents

Last Stop: Miami

Wynwood is a must visit for the art lover, and my favourite area to visit in Miami. After that we will spend some time on South beach, and soak up some last rays of sun. If we have time we might hop over to Fort Lauderdale to see some friends too!

So there is my rough itinerary for South Florida travel with my parents. I am so excited to spend some time with them, and to show them all the amazing things South Florida has to offer.

See you next week,

Emily x

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