Friday, August 19, 2016

Summertime Fun in Key West, Florida - Day 1

Mallory Square in Key West Florida FL
Mallory Square in Key West, Florida
During our summer vacation we took a nice little trip to Key West, FL.  We were only able to stay for three days because it is a bit pricey down there, but we had a lot of fun.  For this trip, we went with Nadia's friend and her mom.  This way we could split the price of the hotel room, have a buddy system and have a good time with our friends.  I was glad we all went together.  Key West is a fun and pretty place, but it is not somewhere you would want to visit on your own as a single parent.  At least in my opinion you would want some friends with you.

Driving along the overseas highway florida keys
Driving along the Oversees Highway
We started our drive down to Key West around 8:30 a.m.  It takes about 4 1/2 hours to get there from where we live.  The Overseas Highway is a very pretty drive.  It is 113 miles long as you pass through the different keys.  There are places to eat, shop, fill up on gas and  even some State Parks that you will pass along your way.  You can read about the history of the Overseas Highway here.  Also, the water on one side of the bridge is the Gulf of Mexico and the other side is the Atlantic Ocean!

Driving a long the Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys

We made a couple of stops along the way, to look in a few little stores and arrived in Key West around 1:00 p.m.  My friend had suggested we reserve a room at the Southernmost Hotel, the pictures had looked really nice and we agreed.  The Hotel looked nice when we arrived.  I was excited because it was a resort and I am not used to staying at a resort.  After, we checked in, they said that we were upgraded to a bigger room. (how exciting!)  When we got to our room, it was smaller than the pictures, but still looked nice.  The bathroom was huge!

After we unpacked, we walked up Duval Street to find a place to eat.  We ended up going to an Irish Pub! Yes, there was an Irish Pub down in Key West and yes I got conch fritters and a rum runner. It was a nice little pub and the staff was quite friendly.

Duval Street in Key West, Florida
Duval Street
When lunch was over, we walked back towards our hotel and went to the end of the road which was the ocean.

Key West Florida Ocean

And here is what the beach at our hotel looked like.  There was a lot of seaweed and smelled like sulfur, but that is how it smells at times down in the keys.  Here is an article I found on the web that explains why: Florida Bay Watch Report: Rust and  Rotten Eggs

the beach at the Southernmost hotel in key west florida
The Beach at the Southernmost Hotel
When we walked back to the hotel, we had talked with the concierge.  I was so excited about our trip we were going to take tomorrow to the Dry Tortugas National Park, but the concierge said our girls would be bored and that we should sign up for The Fury Ultimate Adventure.  This is an all day boating, snorkeling, para sailing, jet skiing, kayaking and more adventure.  We were also getting a free sunset cruise on a different day.  I had always wanted to do one of those.  So we said yes and signed up.

I still want to visit the Dry Tortugas National Park and people we talked to said that it was a fun trip.  They also have a Fort to tour and I know that Nadia would not be bored.

Dry Tortugas National Park Day Trip by Catamaran - $178.99
 From Viator
Explore beautiful tropical beaches on this full-day catamaran trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. The Dry Tortugas islands were discovered by Ponce De Leon in 1513; he sighted more than 100 sea turtles swimming in the seas surrounding the seven islands. Fort Jefferson, located on one of the islands, was initially designed to serve as a defense for the United States back in 1812. Today, you can relive the history of these islands and take in their beautiful scenery by voyaging on a luxury catamaran from Key West.

Mallory Square in Key West Florida
Mallory Square
Then we gathered up the girls and took the concierge's advice to take a cab instead of driving down to Malory Square to see the sunset.  Taking a cab was great advice.  You would have to pay for parking anyways down there and mess with traffic.  The cab was cheaper and less stressful.

Sunset in Mallory Square in key west florida
Malory Square is where you would go to catch the sunset in Key West.  You will find all kinds of performers all around the square along with gift shops, food and drink nightly.  It can be a little crazy, but what a sunset.

sunset in key west florida

After watching the sunset, the girls wanted to go back to the hotel and go swimming in the pool.  We hailed a cab and boy did we have an excellent cab driver.  He gave us some history of the area it was just like a paid tour. Nice!!

one of the pools at the Southernmost hotel in key west florida
One of the Three Pools at the Hotel
I was going to write about our whole trip in one post, but I do not want this to be too long, so I will break it up into 3 posts.  So, stay tuned for Day 2.  Thanks for reading our blog!