here is day 2 from my report. We woke up refreshed and ready to go with the key lime curtains making the room a lovely shade of that great lime green.
After having breakfast at our inn..great continental style with lots fresh items we got dressed and ready for the day. After checking through my obsessive notes i took from the forum and I had in my head what we needed to do for the day....mind you I wish I took notes so that I could remember details a little more..I'm sure my husband would have thought that would have been just a little on the crazy side. Although when he first looked at my notes he laughed at me but at end of trip he thanked me for planning such a great trip.
we headed down to the southend of Duval since we hadnt been there yet. They started closing of part of Duval by this time for the Pride festivities later on that day.
As we wandered down duval we hit alot of the shops on the way seeing great fun gift items key west had to offer. I love love those pictures with the turquiose water framed in the lobster traps...almost had my husband convinced to buy one but maybe next time....he says he could make the frame...but im not sure were we would get old lobster traps in ontario lol
First stop obligatory picture with southernmost point monument. Didnt have to wait very long for this and there was nice shade that we lined up in like the crazy tourists we were. People were great and everyone in line helped out with taking pictures.
After this we headed over the southern point cafe attached to i think southernmost point hotel...nice place which i would like to stay at one day. My husband and i had a running joke about all the things with southernmost point in it..started taking pictures of southern most things like fire hydrons and stop signs lol
the cafe was great and we sat at the bar...which we ended up doing at all bars we visited...great conversation and everyone so willing to talk. With the fans misting on us we ordered to fabulous drinks and watched the ocean....ah does it get any better than this?
after this the day was getting warm so we headed back down to our inn stopping here and there. The pride stuff was up and running and they had some great little vendors set up..great people!!
we grabbed some deli sandwiches at a little place by our inn and headed to our great little private balcony to enjoy lunch. we then headed down to pool area to hang out for the afternoon and have great little nap.
As we were laying there a 3 foot iguana came right up to my chair...i litterly almost died lol i woke my husband and started fumbling with camera trying to get picture...comedy act for sure.
Thats me looking at the pool from our private balcony.\later when we were talking to the inn keeper I asked him about him and he said "ahhh no is that guy back..he leaves me great presents all over the patio...the iguanas and the chickens " lol on a side note I love the chickens and roosters running around...still cant believe it..im sure if i lived there after awhile they would drive me crazy...we were lucky to not being woken up by that early rooster i guess.
we ended up getting ready and dressed up for our dinner cruise with ilseescapes and captain alex. We left a little early so that I could cross some happy hour places off my crazy list. First and best stop was Alzonzos. we ended up getting great seats at the bar and immediately started talking to people around us. we didnt eat here but the drinks were so good we decided to come back on sunday for their app specials.
This is hubby feeding the fish at the dock hubby leaving the dock.great app shrimp boat..so yummy
my mango salad that was heavenly...Capt alex told me recipe but of course i cant remember
at 5 we headed over to captain alexs boat for our dinner cruise. I am so so happy i chose this cruise. I had been tossing around different ideas...didnt really want the booze cruise as it was just my husband and I..it was between this and the wind and wine one..which we might try next time we come down. To our luck there was only one other couple on board with us (I guess there is normally 3) A great couple from new jersey who made for some great conversation. Capt alex was great as well as his first mate christina...i cant say eneough about this cruise..from the food..ombiance sunset over ocean and great conversation. thks captain alex great night!! he mentioned that he is buying a bigger boat and might do 3-4 day excursions which we might do one day.
Check out this view during dinner
after the cruise it eas off for more drinks down duval...same sort of night as friday...great music, drinks and people...so another swim in the pool and a great successful day 2 in key west...
coming next day 3 and the bike rentals!!
i have to start this one off with the weather. I think i had mentioned that i am a little obssesive about things....well for the 3 weeks before we left I was constantly watching the weather and it kept saying rain rain and thunderstorms...even the day before we left every hour or so i would look at my iphone weather (crazy i know lol) .....i wasnt even sure about the convertible because it was supposed to rain all day on the friday........well let me tell ya....rain what is that in the keys....so hot and sunny they hadnt had rain in 6 months....so whatever you do dont fuss about that stuff....almost always says thunderstorms in florida...and the hurricanes well yes that is possible but they really havnt had a bad one in 5 years
So after another great sleep in our little loft and fab breakfast at the inn we headed accross the street to rent some bycicles...we had contimplated the mopeds...but after seeing all the tourists driving around didnt seem very safe and really island is small eneough. ( plus we had been eating and drinking so much I felt the exercise was the right way to go).....with my pink bycicle with the basket and my husband with the blue one we headed off...for $10 a day great idea.....we headed south on duval and the breeze running through our hair felt great in the heat...first stop southern cafe...what sundays no alcohol till 12? lol oh well off to explore and head to frt zach park...we biked around and explored the town...so beautiful I love all of the different conch houses. frt zach was $2.50 each to get in so we gladly paid as we were going to swim and get cooled off. we parked the bikes and found great spot on the beach to hang out for awhile. swam in ocean...really great place...before coming here I had read that they had yoga on the beach and i really wanted to do this however they started at 830am...and well oh well yoga can wait till we get home.
at this time it was about 1pm so we decided to head back and explore...bk to southernmost cafe for some great beverages and then we found the blue heaven...love love this place. it of course was on my list of things to do so woohoo another cross off. What a great and unique place...we never made it for breakfast which i guess is the thing to do...but very busy so we sat at the bar and had some great conversation with the bartender and locals...she was squishing fresh mangos so she told us we needed to try them in a daquiri..so of course we did then had a key lime martini...yummy!! lots of cream though which scared me off a bit..definetly a must try.
back to our pool for some r&r then around on our bikes and headed to Alonzos for happy hour...loved this place the guy beside me at the bar just happened to work here so he told us what to order...buffalo shrimp wow heavenly!!! and half prices apps and drinks...after many mojitos and some great local conversation we decided to move on and do more exploring....I will say though the bartenders here were a little crabby and at one point one of them were smashing bottles and scared me a bit...I guess some of the locals were bothering him...but I was not going to let his poor attitude affect our trip..no way I am in way to good of a mood for that.
our next stop was the green parrot were there was supposed to be some great music...when we got there we realized there was none on sundays oh well after stricking up conversation with man at the bar he told us hogs breath had great live music on....so we hopped on our bikes (oh ya we decided to keep them till the next day...wish we had done this the first day we have had them the whole time...definetly recommend bikes!!)
the guy we were talking to was great and said he would meet us over there...and yes he did and he brought me a beautiful shell....wow cant say enough about the hospitality of people here. great music at hogsbreath and great conversations again....successful day 3!!!!
stay tuned day 4 and we have to leave key west and move on to ducks key...