Key West was great. Only had 1 rainy day that kept us from hangin' at the pool. Stayed at the Truman Annex (just off Thomas St) in a condo called Coconut Villa, 2 bedroom, 2 bath, balcony view above pool. 10 days @ $170/night.
Flew into Key West International on a twin prop puddle jumper (from Fort Myers) that had 10 seats. Got the apporoach and landing on video. Nice.
Called Enterprise and they drove us to get the car. We lucked out with a 2007 Grand Prix. People say you don't need a car but we sure liked having it. We brought along our Garmin Streetpilot c320 gps and enjoyed knowing the street names ahead of time. Home was 1,598 miles away.
Didn't have many parking issues but went through a bunch of quarters. We did witness the parking police giving out tickets. Made the mistake of parking at the Westin Garage across from the Fisher museum once. ONCE. $4/hr. Dumb. Running around and the trip to Marathon racked up 162 miles.
Tried to make the roll call at Captain Tony's on Sunday, 11/25 for happy hour. We didn't get there until 6ish due to the scuba excursion. Looked all around the bar but didn't see Mojitoland's Rex Sox attire. I wore my Detroit Tigers hat all week in hopes of our paths crossing.
In short: 3 scuba trips with Captain's Corner aboard the Sea Eagle, ate at 16 restaurants, went to 18 bars, trolley tour, Pirates in Paradise Celebration and the Pirate Pub & Tavern, National Walk the Plank Championships, witnessed the burning of the hurricane flags, battles at sea re-enactments, Mel Fisher's treasures, wrecker's Shipwreck Historeum, Tennessee Williams' room at the La Concha, Ernest Hemingway's home, Harry Truman's little white house, Captain Tony, Smather's beach, beach at Fort Zachary Taylor, sunset celebrations, street performers, Southernmost Point landmark, turtle races and turtle museum, Sarah Lee Guthrie (Arlo's daughter) and Johnny Irion singing at the "Save the Union" benefit, Elvis, Mozart, LOTS of musicians, and Christmas parade down Duval street. The parade was fantastic.
Two Friends - Surf and Turf (lobster and filet)
Pepe's - Market Fresh Omelette
Blue Heaven - Lobster Benedict
Old Town Mexican Cafe - Steak Fajitas
Alonzo's Oyster Bar - Surf and Turf
Turtle Kralls - Fried Oysters and Fish Hooks
Half Shell Raw Bar - 1 doz Oysters, Lobster Bisque and Fish Hooks
Rum Barrel - Cajun Shrimp Po' Boy
Conch Republic Seafood Co - Lobster Escabeche and Key West Scallops
Red Fish Blue Fish - Blackened Mahi Mahi
Hot Tin Roof (Ocean Key Resort) - Hot Tin Paella and Curried Crab Cakes
BO's Fish Wagon - Deep Fried Hot Dog
El Mason de Pepe - Mojitos and a #10 - Chorizo and Fried Cheese
Margaritaville - Cheese Burger in Paradise
Mr Z's - Philly Cheesesteak (take out)
Keys Fisheries in Marathon (on our last day) - Lobster Ruben (the best) and Lobster Tidbits
Bars we imbibed at: Green Parrot, Big 'Uns, Fat Tuesdays, Willie T's, Hog's Breath, Captain Tony's, Sloppy Joes, Rick's, The Bull and Whistle, Flying Monkey, Irish Kevin's (wild), Jack Flats, Sunset Pier, Roof Top at Crowne Plaza, Schooner Wharf, Fogarty's, Pirate Pub & Tavern, World's Smallest Bar
Met Captain Tony Tarracino on Saturday night. He gave me 'the finger'. We now call 'the finger' a 'captain tony'.
Air Travel: Did not know about the 1 checked bag per person limit into KW. Luckily, we had 1 each (her clothes and my scuba) and my clothes suitcase was small enough to be checked at boarding. It fit through the security scanner but was too big to fit overhead or under seat. Kind of like mom with a baby stroller I guess.
This worked for the trip down. But at KW, the butt-head in charge of Delta's gig would not allow it to be plane checked. It had to be checked as 'standby' luggage. Any who, it all worked out because all 3 pieces were waiting for us at the baggage claim when we got home.
Phew. Gained six pounds and a nice tan.
Thanks for taking the time to read our long winded report.