Islamorada, FL - Full Moon Party!!!

islamorada full moon party florida keys
Location: Islamorada, FL.
Travel date: September 10-11, 2011.

Yes, this is what they call paradise. The occasion was part ONE of mine and my friends' quarter-century birthday celebration! :) we've known each other for about a decade and I'm so thankful for all these years of friendship! Most people go all the way to Key West, but we drove down to the 'Halfway Key' for the monthly Full Moon Party, hosted by the Morada Bay - right on the sand, by the water. It's a Keys institution! A carnival band, flame-throwers, stilts, live music, drinks. all under the full moon. So great!

The drive from South Florida to the Keys (@thefloridakeys) is hands-down one of the prettiest ever - It's just you, the road, the sky and the ocean. Brings your heart-rate down instantly, and sets the mood for the Laid back Florida Keys way of life!

SNORKELING - None of us were in any rush (duh!), so on our way down, we stopped at the John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park for a quick snorkel off of its Canon Beach. Just about 100 feet offshore, you can swim right over a Spanish shipwreck from the 1700s. I wish i had an underwater camera; the massive anchor, cannons and endless fish (including 'cudas and tarpon!) were so cool!

John Pennekamp State Park

Leftovers from the colony days!

ART - The next stop was another really pleasant surprise - by recommendation, we stopped at the gallery of world-renowned marine life photographer Stephen Frink - it's this tiny store that most people would miss but which houses the most beautiful and vibrant photos i've ever seen. DEF check it out!

LODGING - We finally made it to our hotel - this AH-DORABLE cottage inside waterfront campground Fiesta Key RV Resort in Long Key - only 10 mins from the Morada Bay.We met the friendliest people with the coolest stories - everyone looking to get away from the South Florida hustle and bustle lifestyle... Great restaurant with cool owners; they made my first ever deep-fried Oreo (shout out to my pup Oreo!) and it was all that I thought it would be! We caught the sunset right there, in our backyard, and headed to the party.

Fiesta Key RV Resort
Private beach
Sunset meditation

The next day, struggling with life, we all headed back up to mainland. Not without a MANDATORY stop at Robbie's of Islamorada, the coolest tarpon-feeding spot in the area! Watch out so you don't drive right past it - it's pretty a hidden gem. Also watch out for the daring pelicans who are most definitely not afraid of humans and will steal your little fish.

Tarpon as big as me.

Even just a couple of days in the Keys does your body, mind and soul a great deal of good. The worse part of the trip? Having to come back to reality. Until the next time, LC

Back to reality is right.

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  1. Thank you for the invitation!!! I loved the trip and the full moon party was def one of the coolest things I have ever done here in FL.
    Love you Lu and I hope someone reads this and decides to HELP to the blog by GIVING you a underwater camera! I am sure you would put it to great use and show the world what you see.

    Great job for the blog, I wouldnt expect anything less from you!


  2. Hi!!! I Love the blog even more now! :) Thanks for the birthday shout-outs and for being a wonderful friend all these years!

    Full moon, amazing sunset, great music and awesome friends..what's not to love about this trip?
    Beijos, Carol

  3. this trip was Amazing! from our little spice girls session in the car, to snorkeling with effin cudas, and the party beneath the full moon! everything was so much fun, we MUST do this more often.....LOVE the blog btw,very creative... ahhh my friends are so good at everything! :-) love you LULU!!!

  4. WOW!! amazing pictures! i am a little jealous, not gonna lie :))


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I'm Louise, a Tampa Bay based Brazilian-American travel blogger. Join us as we learn and share the ins-and-outs of traveling with a toddler and our sweet rescue pup Oreo, while promoting local nonprofits and wellness along the way.