Sunrise to sunset the view along the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, from Perdido Key to Key West and north along the Atlantic Ocean are a constant reminder of why Florida is the Sunshine State. Now if we could just work on that state bird, my husband thinks the Mockingbird is way too common to earn the right to be named the state bird of Florida. He wants a waterfowl I’m thinking chicken or rooster!
Part of the beauty of Key West, besides it’s long standing tradition of gathering along Mallory Square to witness the sunset, are the colorful chickens walking along, then stopping as if they know you want to take their picture.
The chickens abound on Stock Island as well and they appear to be just as comfortable as the locals at their favorite Seminole Indian inspired Chickee-style bar and grill, “The Hogfish”
Fried to golden perfection, this “freshly caught, filleted and fried fish sandwich” is as good as another Florida favorite, the fried grouper sandwich. And they serve it on Cuban bread, so you know it has to be good.
The coastline of Florida is as ever-changing as the tides, heading along the shores to northwest Florida and Perdido Key the mangroves come and go, as the white sandy beaches emerge and take over the shoreline creating the “Most Beautiful Beaches” in the world. Much of the natural beauty and bounty that is Florida is preserved through state and national parks.
The Hog’s Breath Saloon started in Pensacola and the Key West location is in the heart of Old Town Key West.
The palm trees and shoreline only add to the ambiance of this old-established bar.
With a name like “Alabama Jacks” one might think it’s located closer to the state line like the Flora-Bama, but this bar can be found north of Key Largo along Card Sound Road. Nestled among the mangroves, this biker bar attracts locals, retirees, families and a variety of people who make up the local and tourist population of Florida, or people just looking for a taste of old Florida.