Key West Buoy Florida

The Florida Keys and Key West – A Traveler’s Primer

The Keys are now the playground of Florida (and much of the world). The islands offer world class fishing, the best reefs in the northern hemisphere for diving, resorts renowned for their hospitality, beaches everywhere, entertainment, and some of the most famous restaurants and bars in the world. Cruise ships arrive daily in Key West dumping thousands of world travelers for the day, and expanding the international allure of the island.

Bobby's Vero Beach


I read a review of Bobby’s Bar & Restaurant that said, “Now, this IS old school!”. I second that assessment. You walk into a huge bar, rectangular in shape that seats probably two dozen people except at happy hour when the locals come strolling in barely getting in the door before someone is waving them in to eventually a standing room only crowd.

Flora-bama Dive Bar

FLORA-BAMA, A 5000 Seat Dive Bar?

I was trying to find a reason NOT to include this restaurant/oyster bar/beach bar/tiki hut/dive bar in this book. It is certainly the largest bar we will cover, one of the most famous, one of the most ingenious operations and just a lot of fun! However, what is it the “best” of? Then it dawned on me that maybe it is the best of the biggest and most famous “dive” bars in Florida!