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Photo courtesy of Little Palm Island
Photo courtesy of Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island: Unknown Paradise

What a lucky person I am! I have sailed around the world and seen so many unique and beautiful places, yet I did not know anything about a little bit of paradise so close to home in Florida! Little Palm Island on Little Torch Key is a hidden gem with unsurpassed scenic beauty, fantastic and friendly service, and unbelievable meals served in magnificent surroundings. When I experience a truly different type of pure harmony with nature, I just have to share this with others.

Little Torch Key is about 25 miles from Key West, just a three hour drive from Fort Lauderdale. The time flies by with the beauty that you encounter from the comfort of your car with the windows rolled right down! Check in at the lovely tropical welcome center before boarding the ferry boat for the twenty minute ride out to a tiny island covered in luxurious tropical trees and flowers interspersed with thatched roof bungalows. You think you have died and gone to heaven when you approach in the ferry, it is so beautiful.

A personal “greeter” is waiting to welcome you to Little Palm Island, show you around, take you to your bungalow, and answer any and all of your questions about your stay in the tropical paradise. During this introduction to the Island, it is really difficult to stop yourself from running down to the beach, or jumping into the lovely pool that has huge trees overhanging the cool fresh water.

The bungalows are very private, shaded by the huge unusual trees which form a canopy over the white sand paths crisscrossing the island. Each private suite has its own private little balcony with gorgeous views of the water. Enjoy your breakfast listening to birds, palm fronds waving in the breeze, and  the lapping of the waves only a few feet from your bungalow.

Once you get into the mood of paradise, you can go for a cooling dip in the pool while having a cocktail and lunch, sitting under the overhanging sea grape trees that surround the pool area.  Or if you prefer the beach, there are double wide, umbrella-covered lounge chairs lining the white sand beach where drinks and snacks can be brought to you while your feet splash in the ocean water.

At the watersports area, two delightful young men attend the use of the small outboard motor boats, paddle boards, kayaks, and Hobie Cat sailboats. For a guest in Paradise, there is no charge for using any of these water toys. It is such fun to have a fast sail in the Hobie Cat in the morning, take the little outboard motor boats out to explore in the afternoon, and perhaps make a sunset paddle through the mangroves in one of the kayaks.

A dinner reservation is required. I highly recommend asking for a table either on the sand or near the beach. There, sitting and sipping your first cocktail, you can have a breathtaking view of the sun setting over Key West. And to add to the unique island life, the small Key Deer will come right up to your table to make your acquaintance. They are so tame, they swim over from Deer Key to meet you!

Take your time to savor the superb meals and impeccable service. Once the sun sets, lighted torches make the island even more enchanting along with the sound of island music floating from the main guest house building adjacent to the dining area. A slow walk around the entire island after dinner is magical. Honestly, it is a paradise.

There are no words to properly describe the Sunday Brunch. All I can say is Wow!  Many people come to Little Palm Island by ferry or private boat, just for the Sunday Brunch.

For those coming by boat, the dock on the island can accommodate large yachts up to 120 feet and smaller boats of guests who may want to stay overnight. The charge for overnight dockage includes electricity, water, and the freedom to use all the facilities on Little Palm Island. You can also anchor out and come in by tender for any meal, with a reservation. There is also a special “A Day on the Island” rate for boats at anchor should anyone want to come ashore and enjoy all the island’s unique surroundings.

I can hardly wait to visit there again. Check out the website for much more information and go get lost in Paradise.Tell them Pam Wall sent you!  www.littlepalmisland.com

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