With people taking fewer vacations, it is important that the ones they take be as memorable as possible. Long before it became the title of a popular movie, people were compiling bucket lists - a to-do list of all the things they wanted to do before they die. (Think of it as the ultimate "Honey do" list.) A great vacation to take care of many of those items is to visit Key West and the Florida Keys.
One thing people always talk about doing is a drive down a beautiful highway. There is not much that is more beautiful than over one hundred miles of open ocean and tropical islands, and that is what you get on the Overseas Highway. Considered by many to be one of the wonders of the modern world, it is the perfect way to experience the Florida Keys and prepare yourself for the adventure that is Key West.
Swimming with dolphins is something else people dream about doing, and there are plenty of opportunities to do so. There are aquariums and research facilities along the way, and also charters that take you out to where the dolphins might show up in nature. Nothing can compare to seeing these majestic creatures live and in person as they swim and jump through the waves.
Key West itself is loaded with once in a lifetime opportunities that simply cannot be replicated anywhere else. People dream of an elegant meal under the tropical stars, and there are dozens of excellent Key West restaurants that fulfill that dream, both in food and atmosphere. There is the legendary nightlife and the "Duval crawl" where strangers from all over become friends dancing on the bar together. And what better way is there to end a night than by making sure it lasts long enough to watch the sunrise over a tropical ocean?
Is skydiving on that list? Check. Watching a beautiful sunset over the ocean? Check? Sailing on a historic schooner in the Caribbean? Check? Drinking tropical drinks in a hammock under the shade of a palm tree next to the ocean? Check. The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.
A vacation should be more than just a few days away from the routine. It should be an opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime. A destination vacation to the tropical island of Key West and the Florida Keys will be an experience that you will treasure forever. It is important to remember that just because you checked something off your bucket list once does not mean you only have to do it once. You can always go back and do it again.
Jack Terry is a freelance travel and lifestyle writer who has spent several years living in Key West. http://www.rooftopcafekeywest.com