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Unread 9 Oct 19, 11:57 PM  
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Our plans for the Keys:

1. Snorkel at Alligator Reef
2. Kayak through the mangroves
3. Kayak to Indian Key
4. Theatre of the Sea
5. Bahia Honda State Park
6. Day at Key West

I can not wait! But I have another 9 months to go 😭
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For those due to travel to Key West, please be advised law enforcement are very hot on parking, any infringement means vehicles are towed immediately and can see charges, advertised and additional unadvertised fees, of circa $500.

We use a mullti-storey that's a short walk to Duval and Mallory for the Sunset Celebration. Directions: when you hit the first set of lights into Key West turn right into N Roosevelt Blvd, drive for approx 2.3 mile and turn right into Palm Ave, about 1 mile on turn right into Grinell, about 200 yards on your left is the City of Key West Old Town parking garage. Exit the back of the multi-storey into Caroline St, cross over the road and go into the marina where you'll see huge tarpon waiting for scraps from the fish being gutted. Keep walking and you'll come to Duval St close to Mallory Square. Islamorada is approx 80 miles to KW, but should you chose not to make the journey to KW the sunsets are just as stunning and there's a lot you can see/do. If you'd like to take the Seven Mile Bridge drive it's about 30 miles from Islamorada... take 'the virtual drive' HERE.

Places of interest (websites in blue):

Visit Florida, Islamorada
Key Largo Dolphin Swim, Dolphins Plus
Marathon - Dolphin Research Centre
Mallory Sq, KW, Sunset Celebration
Southernmost Point, Key West (the actual southernmost point is Ballast Key an island SW of Key West.
John Pennenkamp

Be aware that the Keys road is mainly single carriageway. Should there be an accident you can be stationary for a long time, as we've discovered, three times (once on Islamorada bridge when a tourist was so busy looking at the water he smashed head on into a motor coming the other way).
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Things to do in Key West...

Southernmost Point
Fort Zachary Fort and beach
Key West Lighthouse
Butterfly House
Mallory Square
Truman Waterfront...Coastguard ship
Hire a golf buggy
Walk round the marina
Mile Marker 0...photo op

Eat at...

Moondog Cafe
Waterfront bar and brewery
First Flight... home of Pan AM
Flamingo Crossing... ice-cream
Banana Cafe
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Caroline's

Parking is free on Fort Street... big car park.
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A visit to Robbies Marina in Islamorada to feed the largest tarpon you have ever seen, check their website
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Definitely Robbies. Excellent breakfast, feed the tarpon then hire a kayak. Last time we hired kayaks we had a manatee with us for 20 minutes.

Have a meal watching the sunset go down. On our last trip we stayed at the Caribbean Resort in Islamorada and there was a lovely bar/restaurant across the road, the views where amazing.

Have fun, Im quite jealous
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Really difficult to choose 3 ...

1. Turtle Hospital at Marathon
2. 7 Mile Bridge
3. Mallory Square Sunset

Been 3 times down the Keys and love every inch of it, whatever time of day. We also wouldn't miss John Pennenkamp State Park. Ernest Hemmingway house is interesting at Key West and they have the 6 toed cats everywhere, descendents of the original cat!
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We always stay in Islamorada so here's our list:

Breakfast at Mangrove Mikes, Lobster Benedict is to die for.

Party Boat fishing at Robbies (preferably night trip). Ask the captain to fillet your catch.

Book Lazy Days restaurant, they will cook your catch 3 ways, amazing food there and beautiful views.

Robbies, tarpon feeding, kayaking the mangroves and jet ski safari are all good.

Sombrero Beach and Bahia Honda are beautiful if you fancy a day off the island.

Loreleis for sunset celebration and great food.

I cannot praise Islamorada high enough, you've made a fab choice. If you haven't seen it already watch Bloodline on Netflix before you go, it's filmed and based in Islamorada
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