Cedar Key is a small island that sits three miles out into the Gulf of Mexico. Highway 24, the only road connection, crosses over the salt marshes and channels on four small, low bridges. There is a small village community, some seafood restaurants and great views.

Luckily, Cedar Key wasn’t impacted by hurricane Ian that made landfall further South in Fort Myers.

The place reminded us of Key West, albeit much, much smaller. If you’re visiting central Florida, it’s well worth drive across to Cedar Key. There’s plenty of free parking and a fishng pier with public restrooms. We took our 5.0l Mustang rental car for a spin and took the photos below – and yes, that’s a real pelican resting on the wooden pole.