Little Palm Island – south pacific splendor you can drive to, almost

April 24th, 2010 by The JetSetter Team | Comments Off on Little Palm Island – south pacific splendor you can drive to, almost

travel AmericaTraveling all the way to the south pacific is such a logistical bother. Expect to use a variety of planes, trains, and automobiles – you might even have need to call upon a sherpa and mountain goat before you sink your toes in the toasty sand rimming a forgotten lagoon. For those who don't have the time, energy, or money to mount a full-fledged global trek to find their tropical paradise, Little Palm Island in the Florida Keys is a tad closer for most of us.

The great part is you can almost get there by car. The last 20 minutes require a short boat ride. The island first came to fame in 1962 when Warner Brothers shot the movie “PT-109” on site, starring Cliff Robertson. It made people sit up and take notice, hardly believing it wasn't the south pacific. Since then, Little Palm has been a target for presidents, celebrities, and travelers who know what they like.

Cheap? Oh, no, it's not cheap. We never said it was cheap. You'll be lucky to find anything for less than $1,000 nightly but oh, what an experience. The tropical bungalows have no television or telephone, no kids under 16 allowed, and direct views of the ocean from your private veranda on this 5 acre slice of paradise. Dinner at a private table relocated to the beach for your romantic pleasure? Check. Diving? Check. Leisurely afternoon on the beach? Check.

If you've got deep pockets, Little Palm Island is a world class resort without the attitude. To find it, head south out of Miami on U.S. 1, commonly called the Overseas Highway. Just past Big Pine Key, on Little Torch Key (Mile Marker 29), look to your left for the welcome station where you'll catch a ferry to the island. Find out more at their website here.

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