This stand alone slice of pure Florida is one of my favorite overnight getaways to take people for a tour.
Cedar Key has a rich history, interrupted by hurricanes, an industry or two lost to a relatively quiet new existence. There are some oddities here, things that appear unexpected to some, as they have preconceived notions of what a ‘key’ is, or what scale a ‘gulf beach’ must be. This is a place true to itself, as evidenced by taking a walking tour and exploring something beyond these words.
This is a real town, a real place rooted in the solid blue collar industry of clamming. The barnacle and rust clad boats are not set pieces. Tourism is allowed, but not overpowering, except during events and festivals. The city beach is small, so not considered my focus when showing people around.
A dollar goes far here when it comes to accommodation and the waters are something to be seen, by kayak, fishing or tour boat. Exploration of the original Key is a must – weathered remains of a pencil factory and an historic 19th century graveyard.
I love helping people plan overnight trips from Central Florida and helping them see the real Florida!