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Florida Keys Travel Diary: Glass Bottom Boat + Robbie’s Tarpon Feeding

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After waking up at the crack of noon on our first full day in the Florida Keys, we had a (super) late breakfast at Harriette’s Restuarant in Key Largo (where I had the most DELICIOUS pineappple upside-down muffin) before heading off to John Pennenkamp Coral Reef State Park. The first undersea park in the United States, John Pennekamp encompasses over 70 nautical square miles and is the third largest barrier reef in the world. Our original plan was to go snorkeling, but the waves were very rough that day. Undeterred, we decided to go with a glass bottom boat tour instead.

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We rode out for about 45 minutes, and it was so relaxing to sit out on the deck, feel the wind and watch the waves go by. The weather was picture perfect, so of course we made time for a photo shoot! Once we made it to the reef, we were treated to about 30-minutes of narration as our tour guide described all of the different plants and aquatic life we were seeing. By the time the tour was over, we were famished, so we off we went to our next stop…

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Robbie’s Marina!

We enjoyed an amazing dockside lunch at the Hungry Tarpon. If you’re ever in the neighborhood, definitely try the Matecumbe Fish Sandwich with blackened Mahi Mahi. The seaood was so fresh… and very filling! After lunch was done and dusted, we bought a bucket of bait to try our hand at feeding the tarpon. This turned out to be more easily said than done with all of those greedy pelicans around. After almost getting my fingers bitten off by a pelican, we finally figured out a strategy where Eric would distract the pelicans and lead them towards  the opposite one end of the dock while I leaned over the edge to feed the tarpon.

All-in-all, it was a wonderful day spend outdoors enjoying the sun and the sea.

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  • Lisa May 9, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Gorgeous photographs, especially of the water!

    • ClosetConfections May 9, 2016 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks! It was even more beautiful in person. 🙂