As soon as I arrived I headed down to Mallory Square for a bike ride and to watch the cruise ship come in. There are 1-3 ships that dock for the afternoon every day, so downtown Duval Street area gets jammed with tourists. Actually people watching is a big past-time down here. It is fun to hear all the different languages and watch the people hit the shopping areas downtown.
Mallory Square is where Sunset Celebration takes place every night. There are many street performers and booths for shopping right along the dock. Our favorites include the CatMan of Key West (Goggle him!!), the tightrope walker, the escape artist, and the Southermost Bagpiper. Then it is off to happy hour!
1/2 price drinks (buy one, get one free; two for one; or 50 % off for youall Northerners!) :-) Then it is 1/2 price off on the whole appetizer page at many of the restaurants along the eastern end of Front Street. Oysters for 50 cents, great soups for $2-3, shrimp for $5-6, believe me that you can get enough "happy hour" food for a meal. Some happy hours are from 4-7 pm, some are 5-6:30 pm, always check.
We usually ride all around the island in the morning. The island is 2 miles wide and 4 miles long. Some days we even get up for a sunrise ride.
After breakfast and our ride we do like to go to Ft. Zachery Taylor State Park beach for the afternoon. It is $2.50 @ to get in. The beach is right at the tip of where the Gulf and Atlantic meets. Nice beach and a great place to snorkel dive.
I like to go out to the end of this stone jetty and fish. I get small reef fish but did land a nice 36" mackerel.
We took a day sailboat cruise one day. It was a great ride and view of KW from the water.
The black sailboat is the America 2.0. It is 105 foot schooner that has only been in the water for 3 months.
There were free drinks, and a fruit bowl and a veggie bowl. The two white coolers hold the free wine, beer, champagne, or soft drinks.
My daughter, Molly, and Joey enjoying the sail.
This was the sail out towards the reef and sun.
Smoked fish and crackers before we head to our favorite place to eat. El Siboney!
Two people can split a plate of Cuban food at this place.
Soft roasted, juicy pork with lightly grilled onions, yellow rice and black beans, and fried plantain. I once ate supper here and ordered the same meal for lunch the next day, it was so good.
Now that I got this started, I'll post another story in a couple days! Who wants to come down to Key West? I know I am already making plans for next December here!