Our Topsider Resort stay during Presidents’ Day Week in February was a much needed respite from the cold Winter we all have been experiencing this year. We are timeshare owners of this week at the Topsider Resort in Islamorada, located in the Middle Keys of Florida.
Last year, over New Year’s Week, we spent the week in Key Largo at the Anchorage Resort and Yacht Club. We had visited the Keys only once previously, on a day trip many, many years ago. Last year, we enjoyed our stay very much and knew that we wanted to spend more time there. We had purchased the Topsider Resort Week 7 last year, sight-unseen, through the resort.
We anticipated a warmer week. As the whole country was going through a deep freeze, so was southern Florida and the Keys. No, we did not have snow in Florida, like much of the country was experiencing that week, but there were recording-breaking lows. There was one day in the 70’s that week, but it was too cool for swimming or snorkeling, and most days required jackets.
Still, we thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Islamorada is a great home base for exploring the Keys, with its mid-location on the Overseas Highway. We found many great restaurants nearby. We didn’t begin to see and do all the things that we had planned. We spent a day in Key West, but that was way too little time. We took a CityView Trolley Tour, which was a great way to get some great Key West history, find out about the sights, and have the opportunity to “hop off and on” at about eight stops. Unfortunately, we should have arrived much earlier in the day in order to see and do more.
We’re looking forward to a return visit to the Florida Keys again next Winter. Our Topsider Resort stay was very pleasant. This is an older resort and updates are piece-by-piece. The trade-off for these mostly outdated units is the location on Florida Bay in Islamorada and the resort’s proximity to some really great restaurants and places to visit in the Florida Keys. Winter is high season in the Florida Keys. This is a place where one can stay during high season, taking a break from Winter’s cold, for an affordable price. It’s steps to a private beach area, with a nice pier from which to watch sunsets and fish, and a heated pool.