February 2004


We visited Florida in February to get some winter sun shine, we fly with Virgin Atlantic from Heathrow airport to Miami Airport.

Clearing customs took over 3 hours and customs staff were very unfriendly - worst airport we had traveled through in all our trips to the states.

We picked up our car a large Chevy Trailblazer and then drove along the Florida turn pike south to Key Largo to the Hotel we were staying at the Westin which has now changed hands and is now called the Key Largo Grande.

We arrived at 9pm and checked in, room was quite nice with a very large comfortable king size bed, and an sea view from its balcony. The hotel porter delivered the mountain bike I had ordered over the internet from Speedgoat.com for Clare to our room, along with some DVD's, some MTB guide books and an I-river MP3 player which I had ordered from Amazon.com. The mountain bike was half the price it would have cost in England, and the other things i'd bought from Amazon were a lot less than in the UK as well.

We then had a swim in the Hotel pool under the night sky, the stars were amazingly clear

We only used one guide book for our trip and that was

Frommers Florida 2004 (ISBN : 0-7645-372209)

To read more about this holiday click on each day in the left pane, where we have recorded what we got up to on each day. Each picture can be enlarged by clicking on it.