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Key West things to do?

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Hey I'm suddenly flying there tomorrow. I met some girl yesterday that was going there for xmas alone and she asked me to go with her. So I am. It's either gonna go great or horribly wrong. Anyways, I've never been and looking for things to do. We will be there 3 or 4 days starting tomorrow. Obviously would love to go sailing but not sure if I can work that out or not!!? Any ideas on chartering boats or just getting a ride? What other things should we do while there???

Thanks for any help!!

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Can't go wrong any of the strip clubs

Take her, the strippers love it  

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Seriously, the last time we were there we took a tour of Truman's little White house. At the waterfront area, there is a boat that does trips out to Ft. Jefferson in the Dry Tortuga's. There are also several Schooner's that offer sailing tours. Kermit's Key Lime Pie shop is not to be missed and the Tropical Forest and Botanical Gardens on Stock Island are good. You can get about anywhere on a bicycle, but there are multi-day passes for the buses and you can get around quite easily.

At night, just hit Duval Street and you will see much more than you want to see.

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Thanks guys for the help!! Much appreciated!! I love the hobie cat option plus the sailing tours. She hasn't ever been sailing before so it'll be interesting to see what she thinks. I'm sure we will have plenty of bar time but wanna make good use of our time there!!

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1 hour ago, ropetrick said:

Go to breakfast at Pepe's.

Have the special.

Yes, breakfast at Pepe's is a major part of Key West not to be missed.

Schooner Wharf maybe the best bar. Turtle Kraals for dinner. Sunset at Mallory Square for entertaining weirdness. Mel Fisher's treasure museum. Hemingway house.  Side trip to Dry Tortugas is worthwhile if you can fit it in. 

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3 hours ago, Tax Man said:

El Siboney - locals only Cuban food.

Mel Fisher's if sunken treasure interests you.

Schooners do sunset rum cruises.

EL Siboney, that's the place!

Thanks Tax Man.

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1 hour ago, ropetrick said:

EL Siboney, that's the place!

Thanks Tax Man.

+1

A little jaunt to Stock Island for some fresh shrimp and beers at Hogfish isn't a bad way to spend a few hours either.

 

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Mel Fisher's is pretty good, not the tourist rip off I was expecting.

Hog's Breath Saloon and second breakfast at Pepe's

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Dave K, if so inclined you will have to tell us how it went, were the suggestions good, etc.  I suspect there will be a story worth reading (as you say, not sure if it will be good or bad one!) but cool that you are both willing to jump into the unknown during the holidays and let the chips fall where they may.  Heading there tomorrow for a few hrs,  echo most of the suggestions listed above, it is certainly a world apart from the rest of Florida, have fun!

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Pepe's is overrated...and my own opinion, so is Blue Heaven (unless you like chickens picking at your feet one block from section 8 housing). B.O.'s Fishwagon is OK for lunch, but not cheap either for a dive anchored by a couple junk trucks. But it is Key West.

Green Parrot is OK, but..it is just OK. sometimes they have good bands, and sometimes, it is just, eh. It is a cool joint in the day time to hang out for a couple beers, but seems to get 'not fun' later on. Personally, I've always enjoyed the bands at Sloppy Joe's.

+1 what Espo said on the gentlemen's clubs..the girls do love a female in the joint with them.

There are plenty of touristy ways to get on the water too down by Schooner's..just gotta pick the one you want...it isn't like chartering a boat though...you and 50 of your closest friends you've never met out for a sundown cruise..or just hang out at Mallory Square, and be on your own time with hundreds of your closest friends you don't know, but you aren't on a boat as it is getting dark.

If you want to hang out with the locals, hit up Key West Bait & Tackle..you can also secure a charter fishing trip too, we did a day of light tackle fishing..If you count the $$ to fish ratio, it was not cheap, but you are in Key West, and the fish was a couple hours old when we cooked it.

If you have a car, someone else mentioned Hogfish on Stock Island..but it is just an outdoor old school bar with food.

BTW - Breakfast at Denny's at fucking 0500 when you arrive with a 30' sailboat in tow is epic...park the boat at Truman Annex first! Maybe that is just the huge relief you made it, so even then Denny's food is good at 0500.

Glad you made it. 

My $0.02...Enjoy.

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For chow, try:

Garbo’s Grill (food cart...fish tacos)

Latitudes (outdoor dining on Sunset Key accessed by boat...coconut-encrusted grouper)

Mangoes (seafood stew or snapper)

Ocean Grill and Bar (newer...shrimp and grits for breakfast!)

Unfortunately Pisces has closed.

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First night sleeping together went well. No sex but still good. Sailing at Barefoot Billy’s was fun. The hobie is a dog to tack but at least got on the water. 

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1 hour ago, DaveK said:

Eating t Banana Cafe

 

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you gunna use these for Wife / Girlfriend Pix before you leave ?

I must say She Looks easy on the Eyes = Nice !!

 

 

Local knowledge passed from friend living(ed) there

KOPz LOVE to give DUIz to bicycles

when in bar put napkin in empty 1st cup and 2nd drink atop of that = LOCAL

She looks Nice

BUT KEEP IN MIND - Free Range Women Running around "This time of Year"

Have unanimously been  Avoided by Every Other guy they Know for whatever reasons

past month I have been getting contacted by those deemed by me for whatever reason

NOT WORTH Keeping Track of over years past = "Boll Weevil Lookin for a Home (I'm sure I wasn't close to the first givin yet another chance)

 

Give her a mini stress test = Oh I might have lost the room Key (or whatever) & watch for body/eye movement

if her head starts to rotate - even if it stops 3/4 the way around, be Leary  

ANY (most) Female can Pull-Off playing it Kool for the 1st Week of having Fun

letting a man run (a little) till They SET the HOOK

Ok Agree GIF

 

 

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1 hour ago, Rasputin22 said:

 

Well. Bananas have been ruined for me forever. Time to switch to citrus.

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You mentioned driving down.  Not sure if time/logistics allow, but a stop at World Wide Sportsman in Islamorada is worthwhile.  There is a sister ship to Ernest Hemingway's Pilar there inside the store (transom reads Pilar but from memory the actual boat is in Cuba).  The boat (again from memory but I think a 38ft wheeler) is restored and contains many pics of him and Gregio Fuentes and the interior of the boat is as I would guess the same as when he used his complete with a small desk and typewriter.  There are boarding steps to the cockpit, so you can look around the boat, go down below, etc., a pretty cool piece of history.  Plus there is a nice bar and restaurant there. We stopped there briefly on the way back to Florida City today.  Today was another chamber of commerce day weather wise so am guessing whatever you did was also fun.  Enjoy and thanks for the updates.

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Yes, there was a replica Pilar built. For a movie or something?  WoodenBoat had a story on it a few years ago. 

Correct that original Pilar is in Cuba. It's under a roof, but hasn't been in the water in years and I doubt it's seaworthy.

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So she's a keeper! Her name is Ellen and she is from south Jersey. Became a craps dealer in Atlantic city and then a casino manager in Las Vegas. Got burned out on the hours and quit and moved to Austin 3 streets down from me in my neighborhood. Here's a shit ton of pics from yesterday.

 

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She looks like a Fine Lady

One thing I have learned

The ones that - almost like flipping a switch,  Instantly seem like a SoulMate

Usualy actually have a switch and can Turn it Off just as fast

If you are thinking of Tagging and Keeping her

find out about X'z and how/why it ended

some people try new stuff then Quit and Move away to try something else New

Best of Luck, Hope Fate brought you together at the Right Time

You DIDN'T Tell her about This place I hope :-O

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I don't know if it is still around be Caroline's was a great, low key place to grab a bite.

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I knew a couple of Key West pirates that fled to Coral Bay St John when things got too 'gentrified' in Key West. This fellow gets the award for being most fitting person in those Key West and Coral Bay slogans 'Sunny Place for Shady People'.

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KWRW is kaput.

Clearwater-KW Race died a few years ago. Naples or someplace may still have a small race there. I believe Ft Lauderdale-KW Race is still going.

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Key West Race Week is probably dead forever.  Premier Sailing sold it to Storm Trysail and I guess they didn't look at the finacials enough.  Cancelled it the first year they owned it.  Premier did a great job while they owned it, but it became very expensive unless you could trailer something down there like a J-70.  The sad thing is guys used to campaign down south with KWRW then Miami and up to Charleston.  Without Key West, nobody from up north is doing the circuit this year

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19 hours ago, Rasputin22 said:

 Key West and Coral Bay slogans 'Sunny Place for Shady People'.

Add Le Select on St Barts to the list of places adopting that slogan. That guy looks a lot like the artist David Wegman who painted the sign there.

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You might want to make sure that your date is a FEMALE.  If so, then Mallory Square for sunset is a must.  Some strange folks show up there every evening at sunset.

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5 hours ago, Grey Dawn said:

Add Le Select on St Barts to the list of places adopting that slogan. That guy looks a lot like the artist David Wegman who painted the sign there.

Grey,

    You are pretty close with your David Wegman comment. David had a studio in Key West back before he drifted the rest of the way down to the Caribbean. I've got some photos of he and his 'Friggin Queen' cowhorn schooner which may have been built in Coral Bay. The gent in the photo is 'Pirate Bill' who was one of the original divers with the early Mel Fichser wreck salvage operations. Mel went through many divers who worked on the promise of 'shares' when the ATOCHA would finally be found and the treasure proceeds distributed. Most didn't stick around until the big payday but apparently Bill did and was able to 'retire' to Coral Bay for his final days.

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Wegman's Loft above Le Select St Barts

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Rasper,


You definitely know some interesting characters like that diver, Pirate Bill. Turns out I met Mel Fisher in Key West before he died. He had some of the artifacts from the Atocha in, what was then, a very small museum - not like the big tourist museum today.

I read his book 'Treasure' and became fascinated with the way he used a scholar to do research in the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain as a way of discovering where the Atocha was. Mel and a bunch of other treasure hunters had been searching the wrong stretch of water in the middle keys without any luck. His diligence uncovered the truth that the wreck was halfway between Key West and the Dry Tortugas in the Marquesa Keys. I visited the archives myself but that's another story.

A buddy and I chartered a sailboat in Key West and headed out toward the Dry Tortugas with SCUBA tanks to do some diving of our own. We anchored off the Marquesa Keys and watched Mel Fisher's boat diving on the wreck. A trip to the uninhabited island nearby rewarded us with an incredible number of mosquito bites. We stayed on the boat after that. We knew we couldn't dive on the Atocha ourselves because Mel had claimed it but we dived nearby with metal detectors as an amateur lark. Curious tarpon watched us. Fishing was interesting. We'd catch one, haul it in and watched as sharks devoured the catch before we could get it on board. After heading back to Key West, we visited Mel's museum, had a short chat with the man (he was being treated for cancer then) and bought a "Today's the Day" t-shirt for my son. He wore it until the holes got too big. I was in Key West a few years ago and bought him another one at the new museum. He really appreciated that even though he's now an adult.

Wegman has some relationship with one of the tourist shops on Main St in Annapolis and some of his cheaper prints can be found there. I have a couple of them.

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     I had David Wegman do a T-Shirt design for my trimaran that I was trying to get into the daysail business on. I told him I wanted to feature the wide open decks and nets and I carried windsurfers for the guests and wanted to show that activity as well. I was a young 'wild and crazy guy' myself at the time but was pretty surprised that David's design showed my boat overrun by nude and bare breasted wahines and bearded dudes chasing them on windsurfers! I told him that the design was to promote my boat among family oriented tourists and wasn't sure if the wanton nudity and carousing would help in that goal. 

    David just smiled at me and said, 'I've seen you and your friends out sailing on that boat and as an artist I'm just showing it like it is!' 

    I gave him a hundred dollars and did the best I could after that to live up to his grand vision...

    Wish I still had that design.

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Love that image of the artist and the sign. Your work?

That looks like the original sign. He painted a new one about 5 years ago since the old one was worn out.

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Sounds like you guys are having fun and thanks for posting the pics/giving us all an update.  I have heard Key West described as Disneyland for adults and there is probably some truth to that statement.  This thread also seems to be generating some fun memories from KW from others also which is cool.  Hope you have a great x-mas and new years/2018.

Back to the frozen north next week but enjoying the sun for now.

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On 12/22/2017 at 3:10 PM, checkstay said:

You went right by my place on the conch train.

Directly across from the library on Fleming St.

 

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You live there full time or a rental?

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On 12/22/2017 at 6:10 PM, @last said:

Sounds like you guys are having fun and thanks for posting the pics/giving us all an update.  I have heard Key West described as Disneyland for adults and there is probably some truth to that statement.  This thread also seems to be generating some fun memories from KW from others also which is cool.  Hope you have a great x-mas and new years/2018.

Back to the frozen north next week but enjoying the sun for now.

Thanks we had a great time! We are now in Stuart FL north of West Palm. She has her best friend here and my college room mate lives here. He's taking us out for a xmas cruise on his 30' center console fishing boat this eve!! Hope everyone has a great xmas and I'll post a couple of pics later!!

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29 minutes ago, DaveK said:

Thanks we had a great time! We are now in Stuart FL north of West Palm. She has her best friend here and my college room mate lives here. He's taking us out for a xmas cruise on his 30' center console fishing boat this eve!! Hope everyone has a great xmas and I'll post a couple of pics later!!

Cool, glad you had fun!  Stopped in Stuart briefly to check out my friends new/used Sabre 36 powerboat before making the trek south to Florida City/Keys.  Not sure if you have time but slightly further south Cracker boys boatworks in Riviera Beach has a pretty nice collection at the moment.  Warrior am guessing a donated VOR 70 (east coasters can chime in here, had a kings point hailing port so donated boat), along with Spookie (TP 52) and many other cool boats including my favorite pink forgotten MORC 30.  Currently on the gulf coast at Venice spending x-mas with mom.  Off to Orange Park on Wed to check out Jax where I used to live.  Sounds like a good time coming this eve, off to the beach to do some shelling.......

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4 hours ago, DaveK said:

You live there full time or a rental?

It's a monthly vacation rental that we manage ourselves. Been doing projects here for 18 years.

We're down for a 2 month maintenance trip before season.

You were here for what I think is the best time to be in KW. Glad you had fun!

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Dave, Nice! Great pictures and memories.

The house we always rented when there for KWRW is across the street from this Truman Annex entrance..it is out of frame to the right across the street from you..(401 United)

Oh..also saw the pic of the rum distillery..I didn't like the rum personally, but the tour was OK. 

That Ellen seems like a fine lady indeed!

 

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Haha! Yeah she is a gem!! I travel home today but it was a really great trip! Here's the last pics from the boat trip last night!!

 

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