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Little Palm Island and Sandbar Sessions

April 29, 2015  •  1 Comment

The tropical oasis of Little Palm Island sits in the Atlantic Ocean a few miles north of Looe Key Light at mile marker 28 in the Florida Keys. As you cross Little Torch Key turn onto Pirates Road to catch a classic wooden launch for the short boat trip out to this 5 acre tiny island with 28 exclusive suite like bungalows most with a Polynesian flair. This exclusive Noble House resort was called by Travel & Leisure magazine "Florida's most secluded and romantic retreat. South Seas-style idyll set along a white sand beach."
 

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Sunset Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

 Little Palm has more amenities than most mega resorts albeit on a small scale. With no telephones, televisions or alarm clocks, there are plenty of activities to fill the day, but lounging on the white sand beach seems to be the most popular choice. As you sit on the beach you can watch a virtual nature parade of wildlife as shore birds, crabs and other animals wander the shallows at low tide. The only real worry while relaxing on the beach is to protect your food and drink from the rare endemic tiny Key Deer which periodically wander by hoping to snag a handout. Beyond relaxing poolside or on the beach one can go kayaking, paddle boarding, sailing, flats or deep sea fishing, snorkeling or diving at Looe Key Reef, exploring nearby nature preserves on mini motor boats or take in some spa treatments and fine dining. 

Our visit to Little Palm this time was to partake in Sandbar Sessions for a step back in time to see Jefferson Starship in a tropical intimate setting. With a stage set up on a small spit of sand the outdoor sandy dining area was transformed into a living room like setting with couches and comfortable arm chairs. What could be better than lounging in an overstuffed chair with your feet in the sand as you sip fine wine while listening to some awesome music. With only 90ish guests it was like a private concert in your living room. I suspect we will try this again next season.  

Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill KliJefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill KliAll photos © Bill Klipp, not for Commercial Use of any type, for personal use only.
Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Jefferson Starship playing at Sandbar Sessions

 

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Ghost Crabs Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     On the way to little Palm Island, cocktail in hand 

 

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Little Palm Island Sand Bar concerts Photos by Bill Klipp

      Main ferry dock

 

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Key Deer Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp,
Odocoileus virginianus clavium,

     The endemic miniature endangered Key Deer

 

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Great Egret Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Great Egret with catch of the day

 

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Ghost Crab Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Ghost crabs scurrying along the beach

 

      "Ghost Crab Ballet"  As the tide recedes along one of the many remote islands of the Florida Keys the emerging sands become a stage for countless numbers of Ghost Crabs in a seeming dance. As they pick through the sand, scurry about and salute each other they are always aware of the dangers that lurk about...
 

 

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Great White Heron Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

      Great White Heron, just missed catch of the day  

 

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Cormorant Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Cormorant

 

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Key Deer Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp,
Odocoileus virginianus clavium,

      No fear of humans

 

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Ghost Crabs Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Pre-show champagne on our porch

 

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Little Palm Island Sand Bar concerts Photos by Bill Klipp

      Setting up Sandbar Sessions

 

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Little Palm Island Sand Bar concerts Photos by Bill Klipp

      Concert on the beach

 

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Ghost Crabs Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Linda with Key West friends Jack & Melissa

 

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Ghost Crabs Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     This looks like a good place to watch the show

 

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Ghost Crabs Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Dinner before the show

 

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Ghost Crabs Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Dining with a view

 

Key Deer Little Palm Island Photos by Bill KlippKey Deer Little Palm Island Photos by Bill KlippAll photos © Bill Klipp, not for Commercial Use of any type, for personal use only.
Key Deer Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp,
Odocoileus virginianus clavium,

 

     One of several dining distractions
 


 

 

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Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

      Let the show begin

 

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Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Awesome venue

 

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Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     David Freiberg & Cathy Richardson

 

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Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

     Cathy Richardson on guitar with lead vocals & Donny Baldwin on drums


 

     "Somebody to Love" video with Cathy Richardson, Check out the original(1967) with

     Jefferson Airplane and Grace Slick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=myVzaR8cmDA

 

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Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

    Founding member David Freiberg (77 years old) on guitar

 

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Jefferson Starship concert Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

    Donny Baldwin on drums

 

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Sunset Little Palm Island Photos by Bill Klipp

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Robbi(non-registered)
That's me dancing on the sand! What a spectacular evening!
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