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Hook....Line.....and sinker!

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A January 2001 trip to Florida Keys by dawn

sunrise in Islamarada Photo, Florida Keys, Florida More Photos
Quote: Water--turquoise and sapphire jewels--so clear you can see leagues below as rainbow fish dance in rhythm felt in a primal soul. Skies--umbrella shaped shifting--from a dawn of pink and yellow become icy blue at noon and erupting in fiery volcanic hues that sizzle to evening stars !

Hook....Line.....and sinker!

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Overview

Key West Lighthouse Museum Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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Push the envelope and indulge in high adrenaline sports such as flying fighter jets to wave runners or diving onto sites where large sharks have very big teeth. There are far out adventure opportunities such as swimming with dolphins, stingrays, and feeding tarpon to high-speed catamaran or seaplanes going to Dry Tortugas National Park 70 miles west of the main " Martyrs". (The name given these islands by the Spanish.) There are over 100 miles of paved bike trails! For the diver there are more protected reef sites than you'll have days--including the underwater Archeological park east of Indian Key where a Spanish flotilla wrecked in a hurricane (late 1700's) heavy with treasure. Want to look for boun...Read More

Mrs. Mac's Kitchen

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Restaurant

Mrs. Mac's Kitchen Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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Believe it or not there is a style considered to be REAL KEYZZ. This simply means that it will look like a place put together with salvaged wood from a shipwreck, and decorated with items too sentimental to throw away in the trash. Mrs. Mac's is a step above this with license plate decor, it's counter or booth seating, and the ceiling fans spinning silently like in the movie " Casablanca". These are places that the yuppies of the world will be afraid to enter.... which offers a greater attraction for the rest of us freethinkers. I am enchanted by the Philosophers Of The World who frequent places like this ! Take a moment and strike up a conversation with a few of them, and you will be pleasantly surpr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Mrs. Mac's Kitchen
99336 Overseas Hwy. South US Highway 1
Key Largo, Florida 33037
(305) 451-3722

Bo's Fish Wagon

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Restaurant | "Bo's"

Bo's Fish Wagon Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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My mother told me to never say bad things about anyone or anything but I'm going to break out of silence on this one! I was attracted by the carefully placed Keyzz style I wrote about in the story above. Add to this my disappointment that the Raw Shell Bar in the Krawls has bent to yuppie pressure and CONFORMED!!! I was spun into deep mourning as I wandered in psychological pain when I tripped onto Bo's. We ordered 2 fish lunch baskets with fries,1/2 dozen conch fritters( that were all fritter and no conch!), and a fish salad with soda pops. Our bill was a little over $ 46.00 and the word "SUCKER" was written across my forehead ! Send these folks a note that we are on strike until they offer value...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Bo's Fish Wagon
801 Caroline St
Florida Keys, Florida 33040
(305) 294-9272

Bentley's Restaurant & Raw Bar

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Restaurant | "Bentley's ( Raw bar and more)"

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I found a coupon for 10% off our meal in the "SEE-FLORIDA KEYS" guide that is available free all over the islands. The ad stated that they were voted the " best fish restaurant in the Keys" and I am here to tell you that this isn't all hot steam! The regular menu begins with some hefty appetizers like Gator Tail, crabmeat balls and Escargot Cappricio. Move on to the Raw Bar items for oysters, clams, and shrimp. I suggest the Bahamian Conch Chowder to follow the sliders. Now the main course requires some help from the excellent staff (such as Brad Atwell who does a very fine job!) since the daily special board is very extensive as well as interesting. We settled on the excellent nutty crusted dolphin (...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Bentley's Restaurant & Raw Bar
MM 82.8
Florida Keys, Florida
(305) 664-9094

Whale Harbor Inn Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Whale Harbor Inn Seafood Restaurant"

Whale Harbor Inn Restaurant Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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The Whale is open for Breakfast, lunch, and dinner. We have only been here for the super-mega-buffet seafood dinner! Take a look at the pictures below, and understand that the camera lens couldn't take in the whole buffet table! The cost is $ 25.00 per adult, but it includes UNLIMITED oysters, clams, shrimp, stone crab claws, and Alaskan King crab legs....and that's only the cold table!!! I did bypass the other cold items, like slaw and potato salad so I could concentrate on those crab legs better! But the cold table has about 20 other choice salads. There are several soup choices, and I had the Conch Chowder that wasn't packed with goodies, but had a good spicy flavor. The next t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Whale Harbor Inn Restaurant
MM 83.9
Florida Keys, Florida 33040
(305) 664-4959

Sailor's Choice Party Boat

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Attraction | "Sailors Choice Party Boat"

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There are several 1/2-day party boat tours in the Keys, but we picked this one because it was closer to where we were staying, and I had that infamous coupon! The boats provide everything you will need...the license, the bait, the rod and reel. There is an interior cabin that is air conditioned or heated as need arises and there are clean toilets. This is a nice way to go if you have a family, or want to introduce someone to the world of fishing. If you are uncomfortable baiting your own hook.... don’t worry...the mate will take good care of you! The only difficulty from a REAL FISHERMANS point of view is that this boat mainly allows bottom fishing only, because if there are more than 2...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Sailor's Choice Party Boat
MM 100 at the Holiday Inn marina
Florida Keys, Florida 33037
(305) 451-1802

The Gulfstream III

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Attraction | "The Gulfstream111"

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Capt. Jim and his best mate Ritchy are a little harder to find, but well worth the trouble ! This is for the REAL FISHERMEN and attracts the locals as well as visitors. I can never figure out WHY these boys have to show up dockside with 6 poles and a 50 lb. tackle box???? You can't possibly handle more than two poles at one time fella's!! (One set-up for bottom fishing and one cast line) It must have something to do with long poles...I'm not sure! These guys are serious as they wander around in a fevered pitch adjusting weights and setting treble hooks. Anticipation and excitement fairly crackle off the deck! I was the only woman on board that day with 12 guys. And they didn'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

The Gulfstream III
MM 99 / Amberjack Pier #8
Florida Keys, Florida
(305) 296-8494

Sea Dog Charters

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Attraction

Sea Dog Charters Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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There are several boats in the fleet at this dock. I recommend going out with Gary on the BAD DOG ! If you aren't experienced, don't worry, because Gary will help you out as much as you need. He uses live shrimp as bait ( mostly) which is good, because everybody down below loves to eat shrimp! He'll set you up for bottom fishing or cast fishing, and you can switch back if you want to. We had the MOST AMAZING day with him , after he found a school of Jacks and yellowtail in 75 ft. of water so clear that you could see all the way to the bottom as fish danced and swayed below the boat! I mean HUNDREDS OF FISH ! It was a magical thing that I have never experienced before! We switched to a flashy lure...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Sea Dog Charters
MM 47.5
Florida Keys, Florida 33050
(305) 743-8255

Treasue Hunting

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Attraction

Treasue Hunting Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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There are 9 historic shipwrecks that are placed in the Florida Shipwreck Trail System for divers. One of those close to shore is the Spanish Flotilla of 22 ships that left Havana when a hurricane hit. The wreck site is called the San Pedro and is a protected underwater archeological site (take note divers!) that is located in 18 ft. of water about 1 1/4 miles south of Indian Key. Nothing can be removed from the site, but it is fun to dive down to see the layout of the ballast stone and the replica canon left in the sand. There are several places that you can work with a metal detector or the naked eye at low tide. Annie’s beach is one spot, where 3 boys recently found a barnacle-encrusted dagger ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 6, 2001

Treasue Hunting
Various Places in the water and Annie Beach
Florida Keys, Florida