When Hurricane Irma hit the Caribbean and the southern states of America, it caused devastation in all sorts of ways. The Florida Keys were no exception. This archipelago of a thousand coral islands is no stranger to hurricanes. It has been hit many times in the past. But what I learnt on my trip to this tropical island chain is it always bounces back.
I visited The Florida Keys on behalf of the trade publication TTG magazine, and reported on the areas affected by the hurricane, what visitors can expect in terms of new accommodation this year, and which areas still remain closed.
The Florida Keys are divided into the Upper, Middle and Lower Keys, so I provided a mini-guide to the highlights of each, which much emphasis on the southernmost isle of Key West. This is where the archipelago truly shows off its island mentality, quirky personality and very intriguing layers of Cuban and Caribbean heritage.
A few things I loved about Key West were the gingerbread-style houses, Cuban restaurants and sunset celebrations at Mallory Square. The Ernest Hemingway Museum, Harry S Truman Little White House and sunset sail with Danger Charters are also just a few of the top attractions you’ll find in Key West.
TTG is the main trade magazine I contribute to but you will also find a full list of other publications I have written travel features for here. In the meantime, you can check out some blog pieces I have written on Florida in my America travel section and you can read the full article on the Florida Keys in TTG here.
Bouncing Back: sunshine, street art and recovery in the Florida Keys
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