Sunset Sunday – A Sunset with Conch at Bayside, Key Largo

On a recent trip to the upper Florida Keys, I decided to meet up with Claudia one of the founders of the Florida Keys twitter chat for a sunset. We selected the Bayside Grille in Key Largo. Located at mile marker 99.5, the location offers a restaurant upstairs and a more casual bar below. We sat below, ordered the sunset punch and conversed about the Florida Keys. We shared stories of adventure and appreciation.

We also discussed April’s Florida Keys twitter chat (located at #flkeys the last Wednesday of the month at 2pm ET)  “Adventure at Sea.” (This month, May, the theme is Cocktails). Personally, one of my favorite adventures at sea or even by the sea is the viewing of the sunset. And at the Bayside Grille and its sunset bar I was not alone. Everyone paused as the moment approached and walked closer to the water’s edge. Some folks headed out on the long dock, while others enjoyed the picnic style tables out on the grass with a cocktail and camera as the sun approached the horizon. Another magical moment.

sunset at bayside grille in key largo

a jetski cuts across the water at sunset

Then after the sun sets everyone turns back to the bar to listen. After we watched the beauty at sea, we all now listened to the ceremonial sounds of the conch. Kim, the bartender walked out to the edge of the bar with a conch in her hand and blows.  She marked the end of the day with sounds from the shell. The sweet music was followed by applause. It might not compare to the sunset celebration of Mallory Square, in Key West, but it soothing sounds sets the stage for evening ahead and resembles life in the Florida Keys. Happy Sunset Sunday.

stay adventurous, Craig

Travel Tip: In the Florida Keys, directions come with a mile marker (as mentioned with the sunset at Marker 88) and normally with either “bay side” or “ocean side” attached to them. And if you want to witness the magic of the Florida Keys sunset, make sure you make your reservations for a place on the bay side. The bay side offers a west view and the chance to enjoy a spectacular sunset.

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  • Mary

    It always amazes me how something that happens day after day after day, draws the attention of so many people. A simple sunset, a thing of beauty, a constant in our lives. I’m lucky if I can see the last rays of sun from my deck in a neighborhood surrounded by trees and houses, but still, each evening I look as long as I can. I so appreciate your sunsets. There is no excuse on my part because I’m surrounded by five gigantic lakes, and the sunset happens daily here too. For now I’ll just look at yours.

    • craig zabransky

       Mary, yes simple. I can’t agree more, simple is the key to true happiness… and I found simple in the sunset. Thanks for your thoughtful and inspiring words.
      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Steve

    Beautiful photo.  My only hope is that the jet ski did not damage the corral reef…

    • craig zabransky

      Thanks. Yes, protecting the coral reef is very important.
      stay adventurous, Craig

  • The World of Deej

    Wow man…awesome pic. Hard to beat the Florida Keys:)

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