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Must Sees and Must Dos for Key West and the Florida Keys

Old Jan 30th, 2012, 06:03 PM
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Must Sees and Must Dos for Key West and the Florida Keys

Heading to Miami on March 16th, planning on driving down through the keys to Key West. We have four full days.....what are the must sees and must dos? Recommendations for restaurants? We like stuff off of the beaten path.
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Old Jan 30th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Rest.-Key West-Blue Heaven, Louie's Backyard
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 12:57 AM
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Chanticleer South in Islamorada. Tiny French restaurant serving delicious French food for dinner at moderate prices. The retirement project of a famous French chef who owned the multi-star Chanticleer Restaurant in Nantucket.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 07:32 AM
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Check under my user name for the following trip reports:

-one for Miami area attractions.
-one for Key West attractions.
-one for food experiences in these cities and St. Augustine.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 09:04 AM
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Restaurants:
B.O.’s Fish Wagon - loved eating a grouper sandwich and drinking a beer to live music
Santiago's Bodega - right around the corner from the Ligthouse,, a very relaxing spot for lunch, particularly with the yummy white Sangria.
nine one five - good food, good vibe
Louie’s Backyard - nothing beats the view. A great place to have a rum punch and some conch fritters.
Marquesa Café - the food really was very good, albeit pricey, and the service was very efficient.

Activities:

Do the half-day sail and kayak tour aboard Danger
Rent bikes and meander around the island
Mallory Square for the sunset and the scene
The Lighthouse - great views
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Thinking back on all of the enjoyable things we did in Key West a couple of years ago, one thing stands out above everything else. Don't miss taking a sunset cruise on the historic tall ship Schooner Western Union for a lifetime of great memories.

We also liked visiting Truman's Summer Whitehouse. It gave us a better insight into the man than would be found in a history book.
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I definitely agree with a sunset sail. Not all tall ships stay in Key West year round, so if the Western Union isn't in town, be sure and book one of the others.
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Old Jan 31st, 2012, 02:08 PM
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Chanticleer is gone. Chef Michael's is there now and gets great reviews.
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Love Blue Heaven in Key West - roosters and all.
The Hemingway house is also an interesting visit.

In Islamorada we are big fans of Island Grill http://keysislandgrill.com/ - get the hog snapper coated with corn flake yumminess on a sandwich!

Interested in picking your own strawberries and eating the best cinnamon buns and strawberry shakes ever? On the way down from Miami stop at Knaus Berry Farm in Homestead.
http://www.knausberryfarm.com/
Get there early in the day, they sell out of everything by afternoon!!!
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bookmarking for Key West Trip.
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Thanks everyone. Six more days until I get there. Can't wait.
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Frank the Magician at the Magic Bar in the back of the Schooner Warf Bar. Starts at 9:00 pm. and does sleights of hand.

Visit the famous Chart Room bar for a Red Stripe and free popcorn, penuts and kockwurst.

A mojito at the outside bar at El Meson de Pepe listening to the live music.

La Creperie for breakfast or lunch. Sit inside to watch as the crepes are made. Across from Blue Heaven on Petronia.

Lunch at Garbo's

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Agree with:

Casual dinner at B.O.'s fish wagon one of the best fish sandwiches on the island

Mojito from El Meson de Pepe we always get one to drink while walking around the sunset show

If you want a beach day I would go to Fort Zachary Taylor or go to Bahia Honda State Park mm 37

Take your time and enjoy everything, no rushing allowed in the Keys.
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Our favorite meals were at Michaels and Sarabeths.
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