When you cross over the Number Four Bridge to Cedar Key, you cross into another place, someplace utterly unique, where time moves a little slower. Green humps of islands rise out of the surrounding waters, and water surrounds everything. Mullet leap and pelicans soar.
To say the fishing village is tiny is an understatement: the population of Cedar Key was 702 at the 2010 census, and it encompasses a total area of 2.1 square miles. The majority of this area is water; less than a square mile is land.
In the historic marina area, many of the shops and restaurants are suspended high above the water on stilts. It boasts a pier that arcs into the Gulf, which offers views of the restaurants and their outdoor dining. It is common on these multi-storied buildings to see folks fishing on one level, eating on another and shopping on still another.
And there are a multitude of reasons to visit it. Check out my pictures to see seven of my favorites!