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An April 2005 trip to Key West by gpisces

Quote: My husband had never been there before, so I had to introduce him to the Keys. He now loves it as much as I always have.
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Nothing fancy, but clean and quiet. About 4 blocks from Duval and all the noise, the room had a kitchenette with microwave, fridge, coffeemaker, and service for two. Close to the Schooner Wharf and great dining. Great for the budget-conscious.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Budget Key West
1031 EATON STREET
Key West, Florida 33040
305-294-3333

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge Inc

Hotel | "Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge"

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Best Things Nearby:A short drive to Key West, Bahia Honda State ParkBest Things About the Resort:Clean and quiet, the staff and yearly visitors make it feel very family-like, and the Key Deer and fishing are great!Resort Experience:Right on the edge of the Key Deer refuge, this place is great! I've been coming here since I was a child, and it's always clean, quiet, and affordable. How often do you get to camp 5 feet from the Atlantic and have Key deer visit many times in the day! There's camping right next to boat dockage, as well as efficiencies, lodge rooms, and rental RVs. There's a great store that has basics, as well as just about anything to cover campin...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge Inc
33000 Overseas Highway
Key West, Florida 33043
(305) 872-2351

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park

Hotel | "John Pennekamp State Park"

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Best Things Nearby:The REEF!!!! We did a snorkel tour of Grecian Rocks Reef, and it was great!Best Things About the Resort:Close to the reef and convenient grocery stores for needed supplies and very cleanResort Experience:There is mix of both tent and RV sites, all fairly private via the well-placed planting of trees and bushes. (A nicely shaded site was no. 33.) They were all fairly close to nice clean bathhouses. There was great snorkeling/diving/fishing available as well. Campground Type: State/Province Park Campsite Type: Tent Price Range: ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2005

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
U.S. 1 Mile Marker 102.5
Key Largo, Florida 33037
(305) 451-1202

Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub & Eatery

Restaurant | "Finnegan's Wake"

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We were looking for a nice place to have a drink and unwind after a day of snorkeling, and Duval Street was just too wild. Finnegan's Wake is an Irish pub that the locals frequent, and it was one block from our hotel. They had a great staff--very friendly--an awesome menu, and a very extensive on-tap list of beers! (You've got to try colcannon and have a Guinness or a Strongbow!). It was a great way to have fun and enjoy ourselves without having to deal with the craziness of Duval! I can't wait till our next trip to go back!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Finnegan's Wake Irish Pub & Eatery
320 Grinnell St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 293 0222

Paradise Cafe

Restaurant

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What a great find! It is a small local place that's mostly a Cuban-ish sandwich shop. They have awesome breakfast sandwiches and coffee! One sandwich was enough for two to share. We had eggs, ham, and cheese on toasted Cuban bread - YUM! This was a very casual but busy local eatery. They deliver as well, and the delivery guy was really busy. It’s a no-frills place that's easy on the wallet!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 24, 2005

Paradise Cafe
1000 Eaton St.
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-5001

Schooner Western Union

Attraction | "Schooner Western Union Stargazer Cruise"

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Night sail aboard an historic schooner to learn about the constellations and navigating by the stars. Joe Universe was great at explaining what we were looking at and has a nice website to follow up on what you'd seen. Free refreshments and snacks. Very romantic for those who love the sea!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 23, 2005

Schooner Western Union
202 William St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 292 9830

Battle for Key West!

Best Of IgoUgo

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We were down there for Conch Republic Days and had heard about this battle that was supposed to take place down at the sunset docks. (If you do some research about Conch Republic Days, the silliness of it all will make a bit more sense, but it's just too much to put here). What we didn't know was that it was a massive seagoing food fight, involving the historic schooner fleet, the U.S. Coast Guard, and some airplanes with great aim! We got to the docks in the middle of the battle. Now, you've got to picture this. These antique schooners are passing each other very closely, firing off their canons with blanks, and the people on board are throwing fruit and tomatoes at each other. Now the Coast G...Read More