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Old 12-03-2011, 07:32 AM   #21
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RE: Key West in January

David, there is an occasional weekend that promotes "pride" day as I recall, but it is still fun as heck down there. The smaller the transportation you are on - the easier to get around.
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:40 AM   #22
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For the last few years we've rented a house on Big Pine Key in February.* My favorite thing to do is to rent a skiff and get out in the back country on the flats.* I like to flyfish, but even if you don't fish it's a great boating experience.* I've heard it described as a graduate course in small boating.* From someone from the Northwest, it's wonderful to be in an area where the deep channels are 6 feet and most of the water is from 1-4 feet deep.* You can see everything on the bottom including turtles, rays, sharks, barracuda, sponges, etc. Don't do it by yourself without a good gps.* I take my portable one with me in case the rental boat doesn't have one.

When the wind comes up and we can't get out on the water, we drive in to Key West.* We rent bikes or scooters and get off of Duvall.* There are great neighborhoods to explore and you can see the whole town from a bike in an afternoon.* Go to Fort Taylor and the downtown cemetery.

For the 9:00 pm bedtime crowd, the Green Parrot Bar is a great place.* It's filled with baby boomers in the late afternoon and early evening, so the band that's playing the 10:00 pm set usually does a "sound check" at 5:30 that's really an early set for the older crowd.

We ate at the Marquesa Restaurant last year and went back again the next night.* It's a small restaurant in the Marquesa Hotel.* It's pricey and you need reservations, but the food last year was phenomenal.

If you have a car, drive back up the islands and explore.* We've gone on a kayaking trip with Big Pine Kayak Adventures.* The guide is a great guy and you get to see the flats and sealife close up.* We have different customers that come to the Keys every year and we treat them to a trip with him.* We've always gotten rave reviews.

Now that you've got me thinking about the Keys, I'm going to have to go get my books and charts and start planning our trip.

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Old 12-03-2011, 06:36 PM   #23
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Key west is always worthwhile THE mooring field is A bit out there but I am heading there tuesday Go for it u wont be sorry
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Old 12-04-2011, 08:29 AM   #24
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JD wrote:Baker wrote:There is a place called the "Garden of Eden" up on top of another bar...3rd floor actually. *There are no signs for it and it is on Duval but I don't know the cross street. *It is "clothing optional" and somewhat interesting. *Go in at your own risk!!!!**
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Is that the same one that the Transvestites hang out in front of?* On the right as you head for the sunset on Duval.

*Nope....you would never know this place is there unless you know where to look.
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Old 12-05-2011, 05:33 AM   #25
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They do have a little sign now. The entrance is just a doorway and stairs going up.
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They do have a little sign now. The entrance is just a doorway and stairs going up.
Any place that subtle/discrete is probably way too hip for the likes of me.* But I'll wander in anyhow.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:23 AM   #27
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For eats there are a ton of places. Here's one we really enjoy.


keywestirish.com

Definitely take the trolley tour and get there early so you can get on and off at the places that interest you. For some more local fare you can go to the No Name Pub. and see the Key deer while you are there.

http://www.nonamepub.com/

sorry for the links having to be cut and paste but for some reason they aren't showing up as clickable links.

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Old 12-07-2011, 08:13 AM   #28
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well. it's confirmed....Im a tacky tourist, trapped......because I love Key West....
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Me too!!! I have to say, every time I go I never get the time to stay long enough and always feel the need to have to go back. What for?????....which is basically what the OP is asking.....and my answer is I have no ****in' clue....I just want to back. It is probably a lot like heroin(not that I would know).....it feels good while you are there although you really don't remember what happened but you really want to go back so you can feel that feeling again!!!!!


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Well I'm a "three days is enough".* But I love going back.

I*feel the same about NO and the French Quarter.
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Well I'm a "three days is enough".* But I love going back.

I*feel the same about NO and the French Quarter.
Roger that!* 3 days in NO during the week.* Weekends get to be too much for me.* I don't want to attempt Mardi Gras.
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There's no shortage of t-shirt shops.....or bars....and I wish I could remember the name of the seafood place we ate at when we were down there...its off the beaten path and about 95% of their customers are locals....reasonable prices and very delicious food!! You will see a lot of "rainbow flags"....

Not sure if they have the performers at sundown at Mallory Park....but it was really good.... I wonder if the "Cookie Lady" is still riding her bike through the crown hawking her cookies.....
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There's no shortage of t-shirt shops.....or bars....and I wish I could remember the name of the seafood place we ate at when we were down there...its off the beaten path and about 95% of their customers are locals....reasonable prices and very delicious food!! You will see a lot of "rainbow flags"....

Not sure if they have the performers at sundown at Mallory Park....but it was really good.... I wonder if the "Cookie Lady" is still riding her bike through the crown hawking her cookies.....
What's in those cookies? Anything that would elicit an illegal smile?
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I'm not going to make any comments about all your trips to Key West, but when I go, I take plenty of soap on a rope.

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Yes, they do still have the "acts" at Mallory Square around sundown.
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Key West kinda reminds me of a "cleaned up" New Orleans French Quarter. I love 'em both. Hit NO 3-4 times a year, KW usually once a year in November for Meeting of the Minds, a big Parrothead gathering. NO is closer! Laissez le bon temps rouler!
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