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Trip List by kwbts124

Weekend with a Freshwater Conch

19 May 2006  My kids, my puppy, my cats and this amazing island!!!
4.0 of 5 bubbles based on 36 votes

For anyone living (or pretending to live) in Key West on a budget. Heck, if you're here you're on a budget! - No offense Mr. Gates - hehehe

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Key West, Sugarloaf Key
  • Category: Perfect weekend
  • Traveler type: Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Repeat visitors
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with teenagers, Budget travellers , Active/adventure
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Early morning run on Smathers Beach
    Smathers Beach, Key West, Florida Keys

    This beach has a sidewalk that is 2.5 miles long - one way.
    I run a little before sunrise on Mon-Wed-Fri & sometimes Sat. Many people power walk or just stroll and take pictures. The sunrise is awesome, the people are friendly and you can start your weekend on this gorgeous island free of charge.
    Cost: FREE
    View of Sunrise: PRICELESS!

  • 2. Go bridge-jumping in Sugarloaf Key during the day!
    Sugarloaf Key, Florida Keys

    Go to "All Sugarloaf Key Reviews" and click on "Traveler Photos" to see what this is all about! Its a blast!!!!
    Drive up US-1to a little past MM17; turn right onto Sugarloaf Blvd (Sugarloaf Shores housing development); follow road straight back until it takes a sharp right - look left you will see a yellow fence; Park - lock your car - go through yellow fence (yes its legal - walk to bridge - water is about 16 - 18 feet (check water level - should be about 1-2 feet below flat rocks) - Local kids will be jumping already! (See my pics TripAdvisor Reviews for Sugarloaf).
    Distance from Key West - 18 miles
    Transportation by car - less than a gallon of gas - $3.77
    Water Shoes - $5.99
    Sunblock - $3.99
    Look on your face when jumping - HILARIOUS!!!

  • 3. Happy Hour at Alonzo's Oyster Bar Friday evening
    Alonzo's Oyster Bar, Key West, Florida Keys

    Arguably the best happy hour in town! 2 for 1 drinks and 1/2 price appetizers.

    Great apps! - the Smoked Salmon and Buffalo Shrimp are my favorites. Although its not part of Happpy Hour prices - you have to ask for a bowl of the Lobster Bisque from upstair at A&B Lobster House the upscale dining restaurant.
    4-7pm

  • 4. Movie at the Tropic Cinema
    Tropic Cinema, Key West, Florida Keys

    This is a wonderfully refurbished older cinema with multiple viewing rooms. Many independent and foreign films show here.

    A great way to spend the evening if its raining or your are sunburned and want to take it easy.

    BONUS - they serve ALCOHOL and food & snack prices are less than at the Regal uptown. Don't forget to buy a "We Like to Watch" T-shirt!

    Just visit the website to see what's in the line-up during your stay.

    Tickets: $9.00 evening; $5.00 matinee

  • 5. Breakfast at Banana Cafe Saturday morning
    Banana Cafe, Key West, Florida Keys

    Crepes, crepes and more crepes! Every kind of crepe under the sun - fabulous!

    Note: This restaurant gets very crowded for breakfast so you may want to get there early - We only sit at the bar.

    This is the perfect start before a day of boat rental and ride to the next item on this list....Woman Key.

  • 6. Day boat trip to Woman Key
    http://boonedocks.net/travel/florida/woman.html

    I vote this place the best place to clean the bottom of your boat - hehehe. Its shallow enough to walk around, deep enough for a 36' catamaran and secluded enough to sunbath with or without a suit. I love to relax on a float while my other half & my son clean the boat. Kayaking is great but not as good as the backcountry. There are a lot of sandbars that we take our puppy to so he can run-amuk.
    Woman Key is a nature preserve, part of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge (KWNWR). It is a tiny uninhabited island consisting of a short beach and a lot of brush and foliage. Visitors are allowed to snorkel off shore and walk the beach, but only in a marked area.
    1/2 Day boat rental: $200.00
    Raft: $15.00
    Food/drinks for 4: $50.00
    Sunblock: $3.99 (or use from above)
    Smile on your face: SERENE.

  • 7. Do the "DUVAL CRAWL" Saturday night!
    Duval Street, Key West, Florida Keys

    Visit all the bars up and down Duval Street for a fun Saturday night. Start at one end and work your way to the other - then cross the street and work your way back!

    Be prepared to party, party, party!!! - Bars are open until 4:00am every night.

  • 8. Easy morning checking your email at the Coffee Plantation.
    http://www.coffeeplantationkeywest.com/index.html

    Free WiFi if you have a laptop, phone or PDA that can access the internet. If not, no worries - computer rental is cheap and the atmosphere is perfect to recover from the night before.
    They have great coffee, bagels, pastries, yogurt parfaits and even serve soup if you've overslept and got up just in time for lunch.

    Sit back and enjoy!

  • 9. Kayak the backcountry with Conch Republic Kayak Co.
    http://www.kayakkeywest.com/index.html

    This is by far the best kayaking experience in Key West. Not only does Jason offer guided tours but is very, very environmentally conscientious. Please let Jason know that you were directed his way by friends.

    This is the BEST value kayaking experience in the lower keys!

    Don't forget your waterproof camera and sunscreen!

  • 10. Late lunch or early dinner at El Siboney
    El Siboney Restaurant, Key West, Florida Keys

    Cuban food and real Cuban atmosphere. Great value - Great food!!! A local family favorite.

    My personal favorite dish is the Roast Pork and my man's fav is the 1/2 Roast Chicken - both w/Yellow rice & black beans - Mmm mmm!