With dreamy sunsets, protected mangroves, North America’s only coral reef and bohemian enclaves filled with people who reject everyday life on the mainland, the Florida Keys offer an unspoilt, laid back and paradise-esque alternative to the theme parks this state is arguably most famous for. Our guest blogger Ella Buchan – a freelance travel writer with 12 years of experience – discovered this naturally beautiful area on an epic road-trip all the way down US Route 1 from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida….
The islands of the Florida Keys decorate the jade water like emeralds dangling from an intricate necklace. Beginning 15 miles south of Miami, the chain stretches out languidly in the tropical Florida Straits, dividing the Atlantic Ocean to the east and Gulf of Mexico to the north west.
Stretches of road are connected by bridges, curving gently over the water. At