Each time I visit Key West - which is often, because it's only a 3 hour drive from where I live in Miami, I rush towards Mallory Square to capture the sunset. During my recent press trip with The Florida Keys #SeizetheKeys campaign to promote the anniversary of the National Parks, we had the pleasure of seeing the sunset while on a Wine and Wind Sail with my favorite charter company, Danger Charters. Now, I LOVE watching the sunset from Mallory Square during the Sunset Celebration, but seeing it while on the open water? It was nothing short of magical.
You can read more about Danger Charters in my How to Spend a Weekend in the Florida Keys story, but for now, let's talk about that world-famous Key West Sunset, shall we?
Whether you're watching the Key West sunset by land or by sea, all you really need is a decent camera or smartphone with great megapixels. No filters, not special equipment...the sunsets in Key West don't need much help to take your breath away.
Just point and shoot.
You can even pose for some fun photos - I am making a concentrated effort to share more photos of MYSELF while I travel, as a few friends have pointed out that no one really knows what I look like! I am so used to sharing photos of what I am experiencing that I often fail to capture MY experience...and I am working on changing that, so keep an eye out on Instagram for more frequent personal photos during my adventures!
My new friend Briana (she's @BriiiiCatherine on Instagram, you should follow her for fun photos from The Florida Keys and Miami!) captured this fun photo of me "capturing" the sunset for Instagram last week...what do you think?
Most people see a cloudy sky as the sun is setting and think that the photos won't turn out very special, but it's actually quite the opposite. The more clouds in the sky, the more opportunities the sun has to reflect and create amazing colors! When I see an especially cloudy sky as the sun is rising or setting, I get SO EXCITED because I know that my photos will turn out amazing!
Of course, you don't have to take photos at all. Sometimes it's nice to just sit and soak it all in...
You can find out more about The Florida Keys here.
I attended an all-expenses paid trip through The Florida Keys as a guest of The Florida Keys & Key West Tourism Board. All opinions are my own.