If your view noticeably lacks miles of turquoise ocean, frosty pints of beer and a whitewashed billiards table in the middle of it all…
It’s not too late. And with that in mind, we’ve assembled a guide to some of the newer happenings down in the Keys.
Naturally, a brewery will be involved.
And a completely see-through kayak.
And all this other stuff, too…
A Tropical Brewery Is What This Is Yes, it’s the Keys’ very first microbrewery. This momentous achievement requires your respectful observance in their bright, mural-covered taproom, where mermaids sit atop taps and dispense honey hibiscus Kölsch and an oatmeal stout aged in rum barrels. Mermaids are good like that. Florida Keys Brewing Company, 200 Morada Way, Islamorada, 305-916-5206
Pretty Much the Perfect Lunch Just look at this place. You can already picture yourself pulling into Hawks Cay, finding a seat on this nautically outfitted deck and consuming sea-salt-covered tater tots, lobster Reubens and root beer floats. And we’re picturing… Angler & Ale, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd, Duck Key, 305-209-9991
Kayaking Like You’ve Never Kayaked Before Once upon a time, you kayaked in vessels that weren’t completely see-through. Silly you. Let’s rectify that immediately with this Key West outfit that’ll take you out on the water in a clear kayak. All the better to see those turtles, stingrays and barracuda with. Which could be a good or a bad thing. Clearly Unique, 231 Margaret St, Key West, 305-747-8651
Dinner at a Yachting Paradise Lighthouses are a majestic throwback to a bygone time, when one could sit dockside and consume the hogfish they’d caught that day, pan-seared by a chef, while watching mega-yachts navigate their way into a gulfside slip. Or maybe that’s what’s happening at this recently restored lighthouse right now. Same thing. Faro Blanco Resort & Yacht Club, 1996 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, 305-743-9018
A Build-Your-Own Hotel Room A brief statistical rundown of what’s happening at this hotel: one wraparound rooftop deck for scenic nightcaps, two jacuzzis for hot tub hopping, three pools for swimming and numerous ways to configure a room for you and a group of five grown adults. Comfortably. That last part’s the takeaway. NYAH, 420 Margaret St, Key West, 305-296-2131
Billiards with a View Your evening recreation: a round of pool at the Reach’s new steakhouse, Spencer’s. Order a beer and take your best shot while the Atlantic Ocean does its best to distract you from sinking that ball into the corner pocket. Bodies of water almost never play fair. Spencer’s by the Sea at The Reach, 1435 Simonton St, Key West, 305-296-5000