Since I'm enjoying reading about everyone else's trips, I figured I should share mine.
We rode to KW from northern Virginia on a motorcycle! My hubby doesn't seem to get that this is a pretty major thing, especially for the passenger with the not-as-comfortable seat. We took 4 days to get to KW, stopping at Ocracoke NC, Charleston SC, and Cocoa Beach, FL. My brother (from Palm Harbor, FL) met us in Cocoa Beach on his motorcycle and rode with us the rest of the way. 1375 miles on the way down!
We rode for about 5 hours a day, with lots of stops to break up the trip. This went well until the 2nd night when I got up in the night and kicked my hubby's motorcycle boot that he left in the middle of the floor! I thought I was OK, but finally had to stop at an ER north of Daytona to get some pain meds. Yes, my little toe is broken. Lots of tape and lots of pain meds got me to KW.
We arrived on Monday the 27th, just in time for the free happy hour at our B&B - Andrews Inn. We loved this B&B! The rooms were very clean and decorated well, and we didn't hear any noise from Duval even though we were just a half block away. Jorge was wonderful, we loved chatting with him that week. He looked out for us and got us anything we needed. Jorge checked us in, we tossed our things into the rooms and grabbed a drink and got in the pool to cool off. It's HOT in FL in June, and on a bike it's even worse.
Once we were cooled off (and happy hour was over), we changed and headed up Duval. We were hungry, and I had read about Alonzo's. We stopped and got a table outside, where there weren't many people seated. We sat.. and we sat.... and we sat. We had menus, so they knew we were there, but nobody ever came to take our order. The cruel and unusual part of this is that Flying Monkeys was RIGHT THERE, but hubby didn't want to go get drinks and come back to the table. So we walked out and forged ahead, and decided on Sloppy Joe's since there was one table available. We figured we had to do it once, anyway. I ordered a sloppy joe and OMG - I know why they call it comfort food. That was the best sloppy joe I'd ever had! The fact that I was having a margarita with it might have had something to do with that. :)
Our bellies full, we just wandered around Mallory Square (too cloudy to see the sunset) and I limped back up to the B&B. If anyone saw a short blonde with a definite limp that week, it was me!
After a good night's sleep (thank you pain meds), we had breakfast (nothing worth mentioning, very run of the mill), ran over to CVS for water and other goodies, then decided to do a trolley tour since there was a stop near the B&B. That was interesting and gave us some good history of the area. We did the full tour, then kept going and got off near SWB for lunch. This was one of the best decisions we made on this trip! Once we walked in and saw the atmosphere, we knew we were home. We are frequent visitors to Jamaica and this place just reeks of "chill". From the umbrellas with the tarps over them to the gravel & dirt floor, this is the place for us. I had fish tacos and an Electric Captain (or two) and I was in heaven! Our waitress Kat was a hoot, she kept hitting on my hubby! He loved that, and my brother was disappointed she didn't hit on him. We stayed for a few hours listening to Michael McCloud and just enjoying the view and the vibe.
After that it was back to the B&B for happy hour and deciding where to go for dinner. We decided on Hogs Breath, and we also noticed that the more alcohol I drank the better my limp got! Off to test that theory at Hogs Breath. Had a few drinks there and an unremarkable dinner, other than the fish dip. My brother would have licked the bowl if he tought I wouldn't have fussed at him! I thought it was good, but not that good. We had a good time at Hogs Breath, but doubt we will return there.
After dinner we tried to see the sunset (too cloudy again!) and then wandered by Captain Tony's and the singer invited us in. It looked interesting, so we went in. I hadn't read anything about Captain Tony's, but it ended up being one of our favorite places to hang out that week! We wandered to the back of the bar, where we ran into a couple from the B&B! We pulled up some bar stools, ordered a round of Pirate's Punch,and proceeded to have a fabulous time! We were singing along with the music and generally being loud and obnoxious! On the way home that night, there was very little limping going on.
The next day my brother left, he had to go back to work. So with just the 2 of us, we decided to do some shopping after breakfast. We went to the Kino factory and loaded up on shoes, went to Ron Jon's (we've gone to the one in Cocoa Beach for 40 years!) and got shirts from some of the places we'd liked. We also hit the 7-12 happy hour at SWB! We decided to give Fogarty's one more try, but we ate at the bar. Flying Monkeys gets 4 thumbs up from us! I know I'll have to stop there again, there were too many combinations to try in one trip! Lunch was good but was overshadowed by a Dirty Monkey.
Back to the pool for HH. Are you seeing a trend here? But it's all medicinal - that's my story and I'm sticking to it! By now my limp is almost completely gone, even without the "meds" but you can't be too careful about this so I continued to "medicate".
Dinner that night was at Conch Republic, and even though the food was great and the entertainment was good, we just didn't care for it. Too sanitized after SWB, it was like any seafood restaurant on the river here in VA. For us the atmosphere means a lot. More meandering around Duval and people watching, a good night.
Our last full day in KW came too fast. We did the milemarker 0 thing, and the southernmost marker, and then decided to get on the water and go snorkeling, hopefully my toe will be OK with this by now. We go buy the tickets and head to SWB for their early morning happy hour. They have all kinds of sipping rum at the bar, so we decide to try them all. The best one was from Spain, believe it or not! We noted it and plan to buy some soon. It was really good! After our rum tasting, and no limp to be found, we made our way to B.O.'s Fish Wagon for lunch. Their sandwiches are soooooo good! There are many places we wanted to try (Blue Heaven, Hogfish Bar & Grill, Seven Fish, etc), but we just didn't have enough time there to eat at all of them. This tells me that we'll be back!
After lunch it was back to the B&B for a swim (have I mentioned how Africa hot it was that week?), and then back up for our snorkeling trip! We booked the Rum & Reggae tour (see previous mention about how much we love Jamaica), and had a good time. 2 negatives - the rum punch had almost no rum in it, and they didn't play one Bob Marley song! There were a few cover songs by other people, but nothing by Bob himself. But other than that, it was a good trip. No visible sunset again, there's yet another reason to come back!
On the way back to the B&B, we walked right by Captain Tony's and got sucked in yet again. It wasn't quite as fun without my brother and the couple from the B&B, but we still had a good time. If I had known people leave their bras here, I would have brought a spare. I left a bra in an Italian bar earlier this year, and we thought it was hilarous that they do that at Captain Tony's as well. See, another reason to come back! I need to leave my mark at Captain Tony's!
By now it was dinnertime and we needed some food to balance the alcohol, and the first place we came to was Sloppy Joe's. I don't normally eat in the same place twice on vacation, but hubby didn't get a sloppy joe last time and wanted one of his own. We also ordered a bbq sandwich and we voted that even better than the sloppy joe! Of course, that could have been the Pirate's Punch, who knows? :)
So it was back to the B&B (with absolutely no trace of a limp!) to pack up and get ready to leave the next morning. We were up and out early since we wanted to get home in 3 days instead of the 4 we took coming down. The return trip was much less exciting (thank goodness), and our grand total on miles was 3688 for the trip. Check that off the bucket list, the next time I'm flying down!!!
Key West definitely gets a thumbs up, even with a broken toe!