Key West Part 2: Everything Else
We went to Key West last week to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We had a great time. I’ve already covered all the restaurants and bars we visited in Key West Part 1. Now on to everything else!
We boarded the Key West Express in Ft. Myers at about 7:00 am. The boat took off around 8:30 am and the party began. We hung out and talked for a while then we ordered a couple of strong drinks and played poker on Robbie’s phone. It was really fun…until I got seasick. I really didn’t expect that to happen. I laid with my head down on a table and took a nap while Robbie made friends with the older gentleman sitting next to us.
The boat itself is pretty cool. It’s a giant catamaran with a bar/snack cafe and a huge open deck on top. I definitely recommend this method of transportation to Key West if you live anywhere near Ft. Myers and are not prone to seasickness. Here’s some photos of the boat from the trip back where we got to see the sunset from one of the upper decks.
We stayed all three nights in Key West at the Lighthouse Court Hotel on Whitehead Street just a few blocks from the Southernmost Point.
The hotel wasn’t awful but we can’t recommend it either. The price was right and the location was good. It’s close enough to walk to everything in Old Town but far enough from Duval Street to make it peaceful. The room itself was not great though. I kinda felt like we were staying in a shed. The carpet was a little gross and they seemed to be losing the battle against mold and mildew, which I realize is a tough battle in that climate. There were no bugs at least! The highlights were the grounds and the pool area where breakfast was served.
A rooster had gotten into the patio area. We welcomed our breakfast companion until he got uppity and forward. Then we had to make noises and stomp our feet to get him to stop trying to steal our bagels. He is kinda cute, isn’t he?
For Sunday we had booked a snorkeling trip on the reef through Sebago. It was really windy that day so the trip got cancelled. I wanted to swim but I was starting to get freaked out by tales of barracuda and nurse sharks so the cancellation wasn’t terribly disappointing.
Probably the best thing about Key West is that if you stay in Old Town you don’t need a car at all. We left our car at the dock back in Ft. Myers and walked everywhere. It’s so nice not to have to deal with finding parking and we were able to really enjoy the laid-back pace of the island on foot. We’d stop at a bar to get a drink here and there with no worries about needing to drive later.
After we were told about the snorkeling cancellation we walked from the docks toward what everyone told us is the best beach. We stopped for some drinks and saw this gigantic statue on the way.
We went to the locals’ favorite beach, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. The beach is pretty. The park is well-maintained and has a snack bar that sells a good array of food and drinks. I tested the water with my feet and it was too cold and seaweedy for my taste so we just hung out on the beach for a while then made our way back to the hotel.
On Sunday night we went to check out the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Docks. We were most interested in seeing the Cat Man. He’s a nutty character but, man, has he got those cats trained! They jumped through flaming hoops and walked on a tight-rope.
On Monday we walked down to the Southernmost Point. There was a long line of tourists waiting to take photos with the monument. We snapped a few ourselves.
We also stopped in at the Key West Toy Factory to get something for the nieces and nephew. Very cool toy shop. I would have gone nuts over that place when I was a kid.