United States of America · 8 Days · 9 Moments · September 2017

Steve and Bex in the USA

6 October 2017

Day 8 Lakeland -> Savannah We took a family day trip to Savannah. We were on the road by 9.30 and it took about 3 hours to get there. We parked in the visitors centre and then walked towards the waterfront. The city is full of history and the architecture reflects this with lots of converted King Cotten warehouses and 200 year old cobbled streets. We really enjoyed strolling along the Riverfront Plaza reading all the historic facts about the City and browsing the many shops, eateries and bars. We saw some of the 22 Squares which are made up of Victorian Mansions surrounding a lovely green space with beautiful big trees. This is the what we imagined Savannah to look like and we really weren't disappointed. We then took a short drive to Tyree Island, which is the local beach, which was also stunning. Savannah has been one of our favourite places and we would definitely like to go back to explore some more.

5 October 2017

Day 7 Apollo Beach -> Lakeland GA We spent some with our Air B&B hosts and had a lovely breakfast of homemade Bran and Blueberry Muffins, Omelettes and Orange Juice. We left Apollo Beach late morning for the very long drive back to Lakeland, 256 miles in total. We took the back roads for the first couple of hours driving through small towns and farmland, stopping for ice cream half way. We then headed to the main Interstate to enjoy the last few hours on the road. We arrived in Lakeland around 17.00 and dropped off our hire car.

4 October 2017

Day 6 Naples -> Apollo Beach Our Air B&B in Naples was awful so we checked out at 7.00. We found a great place for breakfast The Cafe in Old Naples, and had an Omelette and Coffee before staring the 153 mile journey to Apollo Beach. We drove via Sarasota and up through St Armands, Longboat Key, Holmes Beach and finally stopping at Anna Marie Island. We took a walk down the the beach which was beautiful white sand and stretched for miles. We sat at the beach bar for a while and people watched before heading on to Apollo Beach. We arrived at Apollo Beach late in the afternoon and checked in before heading out for some dinner. We ate a lovely burger at the Tiki Bar overlooking the harbour and it also happened to be Happy Hour so unlimited Budweiser refills. Good times 😁

3 October 2017

Day 5 Key Largo -> Naples We got on the road fairly early to make the 150 mile trip taking the 'back' roads to Naples. Our route took us through the Everglades which was very flat and swampy looking. Naples was beautiful with manicured lawns, posh shopping centres and amazing beaches. We wandered around the town and had some nice coffee and then explored Vanderbilt Beach, which is surrounded by very expensive looking real estate. We had a Five Guys Burger for dinner which was yummy and then checked in to our Air B&B for the night.

2 October 2017

Day 4 Hollywood Fl -> Key Largo We went for a drive as far down as Islamorada and the devastation from Hurricane Irma was everywhere. The side of the road was piled high with tree branches, palm leaves, refrigerators, lounge suites and even boats which had been damaged by the Storm. There were big lorries going back and forth collecting the debris, but there's clearly lots of work to be done 😟. We headed back and went to Hobos Cafe for Buffalo Chicken Wings and then on to Sundowners for Sundowners. A very chilled day in a beautiful corner of Florida
Day 4 Hollywood Fl -> Key Largo Made our way to Downtown Hollywood to have breakfast on the Broadwalk. We sat and ate omelettes at Mamacitas and people watched for a while. There were quite a few joggers braving the heat and humidity but otherwise it was relatively quiet. We wandered down the beach for a few miles and browsed a few of the shops. It's a nice laid back place with a very cosmopolitan mix of friendly people. At lunch time we headed out of Hollywood back on the i95 South to Key Largo. As we got out of the Miami area the drive became a very relaxed affair with the scenery improving as we got closer to the Keys. We stopped for lunch at Alfredos in Key Largo for what was undoubtedly the best meal we've had so far, Fillet Steak with Rice and Sauté veggies. Our Air B&B for the night was a beautiful place just off the main road and we were glad to check in and experience our first Aircon of the day!

1 October 2017

Day 3 St Augustine -> Hollywood Beach We headed off early from a very wet and windy St Augustine on our 300 mile drive to Hollywood Beach. We started off along the scenic A1A Beach Road as far as Daytona, then we skipped across to the main I95-S which wasn't as pretty but much faster. We stopped off at The Kennedy Space Centre which was 5 hours well spent! The tours are fabulous and totally awe inspiring and great value for money. Having spent longer than anticipated at Kennedy we only arrived at our Air B&B after 8.00. Our hosts seem lovely and we chatted a while with them but we were seriously pooped so headed off to bed at about 10.00. Looking forward to exploring tomorrow

30 September 2017

Day 2 Lakeland -> St Augustine. We set off around 9.00 for the 3 hour drive to St Augustine. The trip was pretty uneventful, the scenery was lovely and the weather was humid. We stopped off at St Augustine Premier Outlets for a spot of retail therapy. The mall was huge and the shops were lovely but I wouldn't say it was any cheaper than back home. As we continued to St Augustine the sky darkened and the heavens opened and by the time we had reached our hotel the wind was gale force and the rain was almost tropical storm level. We ate lunch at Beaches at Vilano where we sampled our first Key Lime Pie, super yummy, and then we went for a drive to explore the town. Unfortunately the Storm continued which made taking a decent photograph quite difficult so we gave up trying to sight see and headed to the White Lion pub for Apple Pie Cider and Beer! The storm continued all night and showed no sign of letting up as we left. A disappointing day 🙁

29 September 2017

Day 1 - Lakeland, South Georgia. Spent the day with Relatives exploring the town, which is very small but very quaint. The locals were friendly and welcoming including a neighbour who invited us to sit in his garage and drink beer, which we duly did! We visited Banks Lake which is a stunning conservation area and was a great opportunity to get camera happy. The Lake seemed to stretch out forever and we would have loved to have gone out on the water but couldn't find any boats to hire, plus its full of Alligators! We travelled out to Turner County to watch the Lakeland Bulldogs High School Football team play one of their away games. It was a real treat to see how local communities get behind the team, even at this level. There were cheerleaders, bands and dance acts as well as all the whistleblowing, shouting and cheering from the field and stands. A wonderful start to our holiday.