On the drive from Miami to Key West, you’ll pass dozens of fantastic red snapper and stone crab shacks that are worth a try. After a week of shooting the Bizarre Foods America: Florida Keys episode, or a tough year at the office, most folks want to sit on a beach for a couple of days and escape the thousands of late night revelers comparing vintage Señor Frogs T-shirts from their last Cancun vacation. Cue Little Palm Island, a 5-star resort on its own island that’s only accessible by sea plane or boat. This ultimate getaway on Little Torch Key is one of Florida’s most secluded retreats. Beyond the luxurious thatch-roofed bungalows, one of the many reasons to love this place is the phenomenal restaurant. The menu changes all of the time with modern dishes that reflect the tropical terroir. Fresh shrimp and yellowtail ceviche is served with passion fruit, coconut gelee, lime, cilantro and ginger. Floridian coconut stone crabs come with a coconut mustard dipping sauce. There’s mahi mahi with creamy polenta and coconut lobster bisque. And for those who don’t love seafood, lamb, elk and sirloin steak make regular appearances on the menu.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
28500 Overseas Highway
Little Torch Key, FL 33042