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Nov 14, 2013 - Key West Fun - Sloppy Joe's & Mallory Square Street Performers

Hello Everyone, Today we decided to experience Duval Street in downtown Key West. This is the main tourist destination with lots of open air bars and restaurants. One of the most famous restaurants/bars is Sloppy Joe's, and one we went in for dinner after walking around all day! The meal was excellent and so were the drinks! Afterwards, just as the sun was setting, we went to the end of Duval Street to another famous location, Mallory Square. Here, all of the local 'artists', or street performers, come out to put on shows and ask for...

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Nov 13, 2013 - Key West!

Today, we headed out for our Key West adventure. Tony had been before, but it was my first time. I am so thankful that we took a bus tour rather than drive out ourselves. It is a long drive that neither of us was looking forward to. Taking the bus made it so much nicer! We were both able to enjoy the sights and the tour host was very knowledgeable about the history and the Florida Keys. It was about a 3-4 hours ride each way, and we were able to have about 6 hours on the island of Key West. The Keys are lovely and, if you get a chance, you...

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Nov 12, 2013 - Key West Fun - Snorkeling

Hello Everyone, Today we tried our hand at Snorkeling! Neither Jeannie nor I had ever done this before, and the experience didn't turn out as expected! When we got on the boat (a good sized Catamaran), the Captain said that the seas we at about 2' and that we 'should be alright'...not! We went out about 6 miles to the 3rd largest natural barrier reef in the world off the coast of Key West, and the seas were indeed rough! After getting instructions on how to snorkel, we put on our gear and were off. Unfortunately, Jeannie only got out about...

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Nov 10, 2013 - Key West Fun - Parasailing

Hello Everyone, Today we made it to Key West! The drive over the 42 bridges to get us here, including the 7 mile bridge, were fun to drive over, and the scenery spectacular! After getting settled into Boyd's Campground, just 5 miles North of Key West, we hopped onto the Scooter and were off into town to reconnoiter... The first activity on our agenda was to go Parasailing - something neither Jeannie or I had never done before...and something Jeannie was a little scared to do based on her fear of heights! However, it was a great experience...

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Nov 2, 2013 - Paradise at Bluewater Key

We left Homestead around 10:00 Monday morning, leaving the mainland to our destination in Key West. It's only a 113 mile drive, but the information we received from our resort said to plan on three hours. Although the roads are good, it's mostly a two lane highway so you only go as fast as the car in front of you. In addition, the speed limit on most of the drive is only 45. But being a Monday morning we pretty much kept up that pace the entire route. Everything is based on mile markers on Highway 1 with Homestead being mile marker 113 and...

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Oct 29, 2013 - Florida

The road trip continues... Week 2 of being in Florida, drove my mom down to visit her sister and my uncle, we've been having fun! We just finished going thru Cypress National Preserve and Everglades National Park and onto the Keys down to Key West. Along the way it's unbelievable the alligators you see in the canals along the highway, also a little scary when you get out of the car to take their picture.

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Sep 16, 2013 - Key West, Florida

Depart: Key Largo, Florida (I keep humming the song from Cocktail) Arrive: Key West, Florida Campground: Blue Water Key We woke to a tropical rain storm, thunder, lightening, heavy rain. Our poor neighbour next store, his campground is under water. We checked the weather forecast and it is supposed to be like this all week so we checked some other towns on the gulf coast and the weather is poor also. We decided to stay in the keys and take our week of down time as planned here. The drive up the Keys to Key West was beautiful, what we could...

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May 20, 2013 - Keys and Kayaking

On Monday, May 6, we left Miami and headed south to Marathon. We were headed to the Jolly Roger Travel Park on Grassy Key. It is quite an experience to drive the Keys. Sometimes the road is on just a very narrow bit of land with the Gulf close on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other and at other times it is wide with lots of trees, shrubs and other vegetation so thick that no water is visible on either side. Because the water is shallow along the keys it is the most beautiful azure blue. In some places you can walk out 20 feet from...

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May 9, 2013 - Key West

Well we made it to the southern most point. It has been a great time, weather is good and everything is going fine. We got to see earnest Hemingway's house, and Harry S. Truman's "Little White House". We camped 22 miles outside of Key West at Bahia Honda State Park. Then we drove into Key West. Key West is very concentrated. I would hate to see it in the busy tourist season. We are heading towards the Everglades next.

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Mar 17, 2013 - Key West

We were really pleased that we decided not to travel down at night as the journey from Key Largo takes you right down to Key West and is beautiful as you pass through the small islands (Keys) that are linked by bridges and the ocean is a wonderful blue on either side of you. We had become aware that our visit to Key West was going to coincide with “Spring Break”. This is the spring vacation for the US colleges and universities and traditionally they pile into a car and head south to Florida for some sun and fun before their end of session...

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Mar 8, 2013 - mile zero US hwy 1

Today was Key West day so we loaded our bikes into the truck and made the 50 mile trip to the very last key in the Florida Keys. As expected the minute we crossed onto the island it was bumper to bumper traffic so we headed down a side street a couple of miles from downtown to park. The idea of bringing the bikes worked great as we were able to maneuver through the myriad of mopeds, pedicabs, trolleys and fellow bikers on the streets. The island is about 4 miles by 1 mile but there were thousands of tourists, college spring breakers and, oh...

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Mar 3, 2013 - Cayo Hueso

Finally the weather cooperated today. After a little rain along the scenic Overseas Highway (US1) on the way to Key West, the sun came out and stayed out for most of the day. The day was pleasent for walking around the city. There are 2 or 3 ways to tour Key West. The first is to visit all of the bars and pubs and concentrate on nothing else but drinking. Since it appears we were on the leading edge of Spring Break, most of the "young" people seemed to be taking this route. The second way is to shop. There are more jewelry shops per capita...

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