Key West & the Lower Keys Travel Guide, 2nd Ed is:
Winner Best Travel Book – American Book Fest
Winner of Excellence in Craft Award from Florida Outdoor Writers Association
Finalist Best Interior Graphic Design – American Book Fest
Named the Most Excellent Place to Travel Worldwide by Tripadvisor, the peculiar tropical paradise at the end of the road draws millions of visitors, but many miss out on its true spirit and hidden places. Now, you won’t endure such a fate. This 288-page, full-color guide enlightens and entertains, whether you’re escaping here for a weekend, a lifetime, or are simply planning an armchair journey from afar.
Inside, find hundreds of local picks for lodging, food, bars, and attractions, all while taking an honest, unpredictable literary voyage through obscure hideouts, tall tales, local food, and nature. Basically this is a guide by locals, set to the spirit of the Keys.
About the Authors
Karuna Eberl and Steve Alberts live on Cudjoe Key in the Lower Keys, where they write and photograph for local and national publications, most often with a focus on travel, nature, history, and the environment. Their recent credits include the National Parks magazine, Atlas Obscura, Keys Weekly newspapers, Tropical Living magazine, Fantasy Fest, and Keys Style magazine.
Karunas other credits include several official state vacation guides. She also has a background in film and documentaries, producing and writing for National Geographic, Discovery Channel and others. She is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America, Society of American Travel Writers, the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and the North American Nature Photography Association.
We are a couple of goofy kids cleverly disguised as 40-something adults. We’re also hopeless romantics. Good eaters. Seasoned sea captains, as long as it’s our 15-foot skiff. Intrepid explorers, unless there are big spiders involved. Expert laughers…. and total failures at taking ourselves seriously.
But life wasn’t always so.
Back when we lived in the real world, Steve ran a large awning company, working 80 hours a week in south Jersey. Karuna, the daughter of Buddhist hippies, spent her life bouncing around Colorado and the West, scraping by with freelance writing, TV and filmmaking gigs. Eventually for both, the days began to seem hectic, superficial and unfulfilling. Disillusioned, we each made our way to the “end of the road” in the Keys, hoping to find a greater meaning.
The Keys have a knack for proving that everything happens for a reason. After some years of solo soul searching and lessons learned the hard way, the islands finally brought us together. A life with a true companion, in a peaceful place. We are thankful every day.
Our unofficial motto is “be nice.” Imagine a world where everyone tried that to one another, to all creatures, to the water, the land and the earth. It’s a long shot, a worthy goal. Please feel free to share it.
This is the second edition of our guide. Feel free to let us know what you think, and share your stories; email@example.com. Learn more at wanderingdogcreations.com and quixotictravelguides.com.