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Driving the Florida Keys

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A February 2002 trip to Florida Keys by Gwilym Owen

Southernmost Point Key West Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: Reaching the Florida Keys, US Hwy 1 links 126 Miles of adventure paradise from the southernmost tip of Florida, right down to it’s terminus at Key West, surrounded by the inviting Caribbean Sea.

Driving the Florida Keys

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Overview

Boats at Dock Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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The Keys are dozens of islands that form a broad arc in the Caribbean. The largest are linked by the highway, with the first being Key Largo, which first came to attention in the eponymous 1948 movie starring Bogart and Bacall. A mecca of snorkeling, diving, and kayaking, from the water it looks fantastic. Islamorada has some extremely diverse sea life, making for brilliant fishing and diving. This key is home to a great seafood restaurant called ‘Squid Row’, apparently regularly patronized by George Bush senior. Marathon, home of the graceful Seven Mile Bridge, is next. The Dolphin Research center is at MM59, a non-profit organization where you can swim with the Dolphins. Also here y...Read More

Crabby Dick's

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Restaurant | "Crabby Dick''s"

Crabby Dick's Photo, Key West, Florida
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Located on Key West’s main drag, I’m not going to deny it, it was the name that attracted me to this fine establishment. I figured that any place with a cheeky name like ‘Crabby Dick’s’ would be a fun place to dine indeed! We were not disappointed either, taking a couple of stools at the bar as the huge balcony overlooking Duval Street was equally impressively packed. Either way, we had a fantastic spot with which to people watch (a great pastime for such a characterful place!) as the large bar is slap bang in the center of the cavernous indoors portion of the restaurant. For cheapskates like me, the best time to hit this place is between 4 - 7pm for happy hour when the ice-cold Draught Key West...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Crabby Dick's
712 Duval St
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-7229

Sebago Watersports

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Attraction | "Snorkelling with Sebago Watersports"

Sebago Watersports Photo, Key West, Florida
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Sebago Watersports was recommended by our guesthouse, which had a discount card. They also have a booth on the Land’s End Marina by the Schooner Wharf bar and another on the 600 block of Duval. In February, business is quite slow and we were able to drive a hard bargain for a snorkel and sunset cruise with free drinks for $20 each. They still tried the sales talk on us, but it’s a bit difficult when there’s an almost empty boat and only about 15 minutes to go. There were about a dozen of us on board from all walks of life. As we departed on the giant catamaran (it has a capacity of about 40+!), we were given our snorkeling equipment and had our first (soft) drinks, getting to know the other peo...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 6, 2002

Sebago Watersports
200 William Street
Key West, Florida
(800) 507-9955

Southernmost Point Key West

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Attraction | "Southernmost Point"

Southernmost Point Key West Photo, Key West, Florida
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Located an easy walk or bike ride from downtown at the corner of South and Whitehead, a gigantic red, black, and yellow buoy proudly marks the southernmost point of the continental United States stating under the playful banner of the ‘Conch Republic’ that you are now only 90 miles from the Cuban shoreline (closer than you are to Miami!). This claim is somewhat controversial with Key West being an island and therefore not strictly part of the continent. The fact that it is attached to the continent by over a hundred miles of road, seems a slight bending of the truth, though you can take comfort from the fact that if you drove to get here, you would have passed the southernmost point of Florida. ...Read More

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Southernmost Point Key West
Whitehead And South Streets
Key West, Florida 33040

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

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Attraction | "Florida Keys Sunsets"

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida
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Key West is justifiably famous for its amazing sunsets and there are many vantage points all along the 126 mile-length of US 1 from which to enjoy the onset of evening. Driving to Key West, one of the most obvious places to catch a truly stupendous sunset is Seven Mile Bridge at MM 45, the longest of the 40+ bridges that link the Keys to the mainland. On the north side of the bridge lie the remnants of the original Seven Mile Bridge built in the early 1900s. If you park on the northern side of the bridge, you can walk along a 2 ¼ mile stretch of the old bridge to pick your viewing spot (as seen in ‘True Lies’), towards Pigeon Key National Historic District (Visitor centre at MM 53.5), a restored...Read More

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Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
1 Whitehead Street, Mallory Square
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-4557