I think it’s safe to say this year has been quite challenging. Regardless, everybody needs a break now and then. So thanks to the power of pre-recording, last week Leslye and I took that much needed vacay.
I’ve been itching to go to Key West since I moved to Florida. So my friend and I packed up the car and headed down south for what turned out to be a great week.
As Keys' "newbies", we had no idea where to go or what to do. But once we started posting pictures, our faithful Magic 1077 listeners sent us a few recommendations which are now on our list of Key West "must dos".
Since we're not yet comfortable getting on a plane, we drove to the Keys. It took about 7 1/2 hours between gas fill ups and potty breaks. We stayed at the Kimpton Winslow Bungalows on Truman Avenue in downtown Key West. It's a very charming resort with lots of character and personality. They also did an excellent job of practicing social distancing while still offering the amenities we've all come to love.
On the first night, we ate at Pinchers on Duval Street. It offers great seafood and even better 2-for-1 sangrias.
For breakfast the next day, we tried out Harpoon Harry’s. I highly recommend the Key Lime French toast, it’s incredibly good! By the way, the restaurant only excepts cash so just be prepared. After breakfast, we biked around the island stopping off at the Hemingway Museum, the Southernmost Point Buoy, the Southernmost Point House, and lots of souvenir shops.
That evening, we went to Blue Heaven. Needless to say the food was indeed heavenly! I had the jerk chicken with sweet potato purée and yellow rice. Super good! If you’re not counting calories make sure you get their Key Lime pie, it's the tallest and most delicious I’ve ever had. Excellent recommendation Brenda, thank you!
The next day, we had breakfast at Azure on Grinnell street. I ordered the, "Mainland" which consist of eggs, Yukon gold home fries and ciabatta toast from the grill. Thank you Ernesto for the recommendation!
Afterwards we rented jet skis from Sunset Watersports and toured our way around the island. Both Santana and Jarrod were excellent tour guides and it lasted a good 2 1/2 hours. Definitely worth the money!
After spending all day in the sun, we were beat and decided on take-out from El Siboney. I ordered the chicken Milanesa and WOW! Little did we know, we ordered from the best Cuban restaurant on the island. Generous portions and flavors, so good they melt in your mouth.
The next day, we jumped on a Yankee Freedom Tour ferry and headed over to Fort Jefferson on the Dry Tortugas. It's about a 2 1/2 hour ferry ride (with breakfast and lunch included). The Fort is a massive unfinished coastal fortress and the largest brick masonry structure in the Americas, composed of over 16 million bricks. It’s an exquisite sight, and even better if you bring your snorkel gear. What’s underneath the water is just as incredible as the structure itself.
Once we got back to Key West, we decided to grab pizza from Mr. Z’s. Another great recommendation from one of our listeners. Turns out they have a location in Sanford. I have no problem making the drive to pick up this pizza because IT'S THAT GOOD!
Needless to say my vacation involved a lot of eating and drinking and touring our way through Key West.
It was all that we had hoped it would be.
We drank at the original Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, bought some rum and a rum cake from Key West's first legal rum distillery, and did all of this while wearing masks and practicing social distancing.
**One more tip, if you can bring your own bikes, you should. They do rent them, but it'll save you both time and money.