Upper Keys

First time for everything

First time for everything

Newbie takes on paddleboarding [Editor’s note: This summer the Keys Weekly team is focusing on what we are loosely billing as “summer adventures.” The stories will publish every week. Some are pretty straightforward, no-experience-needed adventures of a day; others focus on the treasures awaiting locals and visitors “off the beaten path.”] A quick phone call […]

Fly the coop, visit the Roost

Fly the coop, visit the Roost

It was the fresh citrus and elevated fertile lands of North Key Largo that earned Garden Cove its name. The waterfront bay was a destination for pirates and sailors who would arrive to purchase fruits high in vitamin C to prevent scurvy. Back in those times, early Keys farmers shared the higher ground with local […]

Morada Bay Cafe

Morada Bay Cafe

Morada Bay’s Beach Café opened its doors in 1996 after the bayside site was given an extensive makeover. The vision for the new eatery was to embody the essence of a peaceful oasis, strewn with gorgeous flora and relaxing bayside views. “It became a place where you could enjoy the view and eat some good […]

Bumby’s Passion

Bumby’s Passion

Lounge pays homage to Hemingway’s words The expressive prose of Ernest Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast” informed General Manager Megan Hylton’s vision of Bumby’s. With few words, Hemingway builds the image of eating fresh chilled oysters and drinking wine in vivid detail. And with a little more research, the name choice seemed a no-brainer. Islamorada’s Hemingway-inspired […]

Rising star: Sanders focused on expanding horizons

Rising star: Sanders focused on expanding horizons

South Florida’s Jade Sanders is a fresh-faced talent with a high ceiling in the country music world. Her powerful voice and catchy lyrics fetch instant comparisons to some of today’s top stars. Sanders’ father was her first guitar teacher, and for 10th birthday, got her a guitar. After learning her first three chords, she just […]

Sync and swim

Sync and swim

Synchronized Swim Club treads water with the best Synchronized swimmers need to be flexible, strong, coordinated, and completely comfortable in the water. The complexity of the sport requires constant practice and dedication. The Upper Keys’ the Synchro Sirens embody every bit of that dedication – only smaller. Led by former Ohio State University’s national collegiate […]

ISLAMORADA: Anne’s Beach gets facelift

ISLAMORADA: Anne’s Beach gets facelift

Funding for boardwalk Ok’d On Feb. 16, the Village of Islamorada and the Tourist Development Council reached a grant agreement to fund the first phase of the Anne’s Beach Boardwalk Replacement Project. After evaluating the condition of the boardwalk, the village deemed the deteriorated path needed replacing. According to Islamorada Public Works Director, AJ Engelmeyer, […]

The science of making chocolate

The science of making chocolate

Key Largo Chocolates holds delicious classes Messed up Valentine’s Day? There is still hope for you in the form of locally made chocolates at Key Largo Chocolates. When Kristie and Bob Thomas’ daughter’s nuptials were on the horizon, Kristie jumped on the opportunity to take a cake-making course for the occasion. “The cake was so […]

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