Best sailing holidays in the Florida Keys

With the weather distinctly grey and depressing in the post-Christmas period back home, why not refresh yourself with a sailing holiday in sunny Florida? The clear blue seas and glorious sandy beaches of the Florida Keys are just the tonic for shaking off those winter blues and revitalising you. With the fabulous Everglades, colourful coral reefs and a wide variety of water sports on offer, the Florida Keys is the playground of America and you’ll never be short of fun things to do.

Apart from the activities, the cuisine in this part of the US is mouth-watering and there are plenty of cultural and historic attractions as well, with great road connections across the area for a really exciting and varied break. The weather here is sunny and warm throughout the year, so coming in January you’re assured of great conditions.

Things to do in the Florida Keys

One of the big attractions here at the Florida Keys is Ernest Hemingway House. The great man spent a lot of his time hunting big game fish out in the waters and you get an insight into his life and times, where he drank and dined and the style he lived in whilst here. Take a boat out of Key Largo to see the waters at their best, or take a stroll around Fort Zachary Tailor to learn something about its role in the American Civil War. The most southerly part of the US is at Key West, which also has some great shopping, dining and nightlife, and the bays and marinas offer a range of facilities for your boat.

Where to stay

There are a great many different types of accommodation in the Florida Keys, to suit all pockets and preferences. Whether you’re after double or single rooms, family rooms, spacious suites or self-catering villas you’ll find it all here. Great options are available in varying meal plans too, so you can have anything from full board to complete self catering and everything in between. Many visitors choose bed and breakfast to get the day off to a healthy start and then take it as it comes.

If you intend to concentrate on boating there are hotels and guesthouses located close to the water at Key Largo, or for the deep sea fishers some great options at Islamorada. Key West has the best nightlife and bohemian atmosphere, so opting for a small hotel here will see you well placed to make the most of it.

Food and Drink

Restaurants and bars are a specialty of the Florida Keys and the cuisine is second to none in its variety and freshness. A Cuban coffee at one of the numerous waterfront bars is just the thing to start the day off, and by lunchtime there’s a great choice of restaurants to head for by boat. The strong Caribbean influence is evident in the ‘Floribbean’ dinners served up in mostly seafood restaurants in the Keys, and Duval Street in Key West being especially popular for its great variety of fish on offer.