My nephew Amen, who is studying in Pennsyvania,came down to Orlando for his winter holidays. We took a trip down to the Florida Keys where I had a suite booked at the Buccaneer Resort in the middle of the Keys, about 48 miles from Key West.
On the way to the Keys, we stopped for one night in South Miami Beach. It was Christmas Day. As we were driving around downtown Miami, I noticed many people heading to one location. We found parking with difficulty and decided to check out what was going on. We happened upon quite a party right by the water-front. There was a stage setup, where various bands were playing, each about 45 minutes to an hour. The crowd included many families with little kids. The music ranged from Latino to Caribbean, from Salsa to Motown. There were many people dancing in front and to the sides of the stage. In the back of the stage was the water, with many boats. Some of the boats were decorated with lights, which reflected off the water as it grew dark, providing a very beautiful backdrop to the music.

A cool, blue building in downtown Miami

The light-house in Key Biscayne, just south of Miami

A view of Miami from the road to Key Biscayne

In Key West, the Southernmost point of mainland USA, only 90 miles from Cuba

One of attractions of Key West are its many interesting stores on Duval Street with their unusal items

A beautiful church right on Duval, the main street of Key West

Scenes at and from Mallory Square, where people gather to watch the sunset

We drove up and down the Keys and took photos where it looked interesting

A view right from our suite at the Buccaneer Resort in Marathon

On the way back, we stopped to take an airboat tour of the everglades. Note how the driver is trying to entice a bird with a marshmallow in his mouth. Also try and locate a small alligator in one of the photos.

Another stop was the cute town of Fort Myers Beach