Lovers Key

During our stay in south Florida we took the opportunity to visit Lovers Key. It comprises four barrier islands and was at one time only accessible by boat, attracting lovers to its secluded beach to do what lovers do. Now it’s a state park and you can drive to it – there’s a small entrance fee.

A haven for wildlife, the key is home to manatees, dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits and bald eagles. Kestrels hover, vultures glide on the thermals. There are cormorants, herons and egrets fishing side by side in the shallow bayous.

A beach runs down the ocean side of the key – we watched the sun melt into the horizon like a scoop of ice cream on a sun-baked sidewalk.  Lovely.