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Don’t hate me. I am fortunate enough to spend four to eight weeks a year in the Florida Keys and part of the appeal of the Keys lifestyle is that it is a bit deceiving.
There is a reason so many Keys novelists write crime thrillers. Tom Corcoran is one of my favorites, though Hemingway wrote his own tales of crime and passion into the Keys landscape. With its mangrove backdrops, weather-beaten dives, and questionable nooks aplenty, the Keys seem to be the perfect place to commit a crime. Struggling fishermen and billionaire yacht owners all dress the same (dressing up for a dinner out might mean putting on a shirt not covered in fish blood), and the perfect piece of beachfront property might be a result of having a lot of dispensable income – or might just mean you are lucky enough to be a true Conch (interested in history? Read about the history of the Conch Republic and learn why the people of Monroe County “mock” seceded from the United States in 1982).
The Netflix thriller, Bloodline, shot and filmed in the Florida Keys is a testament to how the gorgeous chain of islands can easily serve as a backdrop to something much more sinister.
1. The Beaches
Although pristine beaches might serve as the backdrop for lots of Keys advertising, the Florida Keys aren’t actually really known for their beaches. While there are some spots to go if you want a backdrop like this:
Most of the time your swim time involves a boat ramp, your backyard canal, or (if you are lucky) your boat. Beaches, like the one at the Rayburn’s Inn are few and far between. They exist, for sure, but are not a typical backyard backdrop – a surprise to many Keys visitors.
It is beautiful nonetheless, don’t get me wrong.
2. The Mangroves
Bloodline repeatedly shows scenes of people wading – in the dark – in the mangroves. John, wading in to find a body, John, stumbling, carrying Danny over his shoulder through the mangroves. These scenes, while dramatic, terrify me in a different way. I silently scream at the onscreen characters, “Crocs! Watch the crocs (yes – its the Upper Keys, crocs are the local inhabitants, not alligators)! Sharks! Rays! SNAKES! Oh, the snakes.”
Maybe there are shady happenings that occur down here that involve frequently wading through mangroves at night. Let’s just say that even if on Fear Factor and paid a small fortune to go for a wade – it just isn’t going to happen.
3. The Dives
One of the best parts of the Keys are the local dives – and Bloodline definitely gets this right. The general rule of thumb seems to be the more run down the venue, the better the food. Case in point, my favorite Keys restaurant is a food truck. There are definitely times you think you will get food poisoning….but if the local fishermen are there, you are probably in a place that is serving fresh seafood (because who eats chicken in the Keys. Just think – how long has that chicken been on a truck in the heat to get to the Keys…).
Love crime and family dramas? Dream of escaping to an island? Bloodline is the show for you. My husband and I can’t turn it off.