Merry Christmas from the Florida Keys

The Florida Keys must be one of the most wonderful places to be this Christmas season. It is this holiday time of the year that each of the Florida Keys islands glow with happy people and lots of cheer. Lighted boat parades line the waters with holiday celebrations. Tropical versions of Santa are everywhere with tropical shirts and sandals. Traditional Christmas trees are decorated along with many of the local palm trees.The true spirit of Christmas is in the hearts of everyone putting Christmas in the air.

I love this time of the year as the busy tourist and real estate season begins to gear up. Friends, family and visitors from all over the country and world begin arriving ready to enjoy all of the warmth and festivities for the New Year.
I want to wish you and your family a holiday filled with all the joys of this blessed season.
Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a happy new year.!!

Clyde Butcher featured at Islamorada Art Walk

I love to stroll along the Florida Keys Old Highway in Islamorada between the historic 1935 Hurricane monument and the famous Green Turle Inn at the quickly growing Islamorada Art Walk in downtown Islamorada’s Morada Way Arts and Cultural District. This month the event will feature the renowned black and white photographer Clyde Butcher. His wilderness photography of the Florida landscape explores such a personal relationship with nature. I enjoy his story, history and especially his artwork. As a lover of Florida landscape photography and a black and white photo enthusiast, I will be there this Thursday along with many locals and visitors in the Islamorada community. So much to see and a wonderful opportunity for holiday shopping for my friends and family. I will stroll a bit in this wonderful Florida Keys weather in December, sip a little wine and visit with my friends.

Airports to the Florida Keys

Your Florida Keys Real estate search and purchase usually results in a great reason to visit and explore the beautiful Florida Keys. Selecting the right airport to get you started on this trip can be important in determining convenience and budget. Both Miami (MIA) and Ft Lauderdale (FLL) airports will place you on the mainland and within a reasonable distance to begin your drive. Compare price and schedule knowing that either airport will get the job done. Good information to know is that the Ft. Lauderdale airport although it seems and is a bit more north is really only 15 minutes more of a drive south using the Florida Turnpike. It is also possible to fly into Marathon (MTH) or Key West (EYW) but most of the time it requires a plane change resulting in more travel time. While is it a beautiful fly over the Florida Keys, the drive over the bridges are equally impressive! Just driving down the overseas highway thru the Florida Keys over the bridges is an attraction in itself.
Driving directions from the mainland airports and also approximate distance via mile markers to each island of the Florida Keys can be found on my travel resource page.

Airport Codes
•MIA – Miami International Airport
•FLL – Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
•MTH – Florida Keys Marathon Airport
•EYW – Key West International Airport

Driving Directions to the Florida Keys from mainland airports
Note: The turnpikes are toll roads. But, this is your best choice.   Most rental car companies provide a SUNPASS by which these tolls are billed. Otherwise tolls are billed by License Plate with a surcharge added to the toll.

From Miami International Airport, take LeJeune Road south to 836 West. Take the Florida Turnpike south toward Key West. The Turnpike ends at US 1 in Florida City. Follow U.S. 1 south about 22 miles to Key Largo and you are now in the Florida Keys. Or you may choose to take Card Sound Road which appears on the left in Homestead south of the turnpike end. $1.00 toll paid on this road.

From Ft.Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, exit the airport and follow the signs for 595 West. Take 595 to the Florida Turnpike and follow the signs for the Florida Keys.

From the north, take the Florida Turnpike south to just below Ft.Lauderdale, where Exit 4 joins the southern portion of the Turnpike. The Turnpike ends at US 1 in Florida City. Follow U.S. 1 south into the Florida Keys.

From Florida’s west coast, take 1-75 Alligator Alley east to the Miami exit, and south to the Turnpike Extension.

Let me know when you are coming to the keys and I will show you around. Just shoot me an email or give me a call it is MY PLEASURE !

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