(Closed) Key West?

posted 5 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

it’s so much fun! I was only there for 1.5 days as a cruise stop, but I really want to go back and check it out!  FI and I are planning a fall trip there for a long weekend.  It’s such a cute little place!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

There’s not a lot to do in Hawaii besides water sports (beach) and bars lol.. When my Fi and I were bf/gf, we did somethign called Fury Adventures- The Ultimate Adventure in  kew West. it was like $150 p/ person and it was a full day event. Basically, you go early in the mornign to where they meet up and you and a big group go out on a catamaran boat. You eat breakfast (nothing big.. danishes, fruit, croissants, etc), then the boat takes you out to the ocean and you do rotations with the other people that are there too. They’ll take you to do a bunch of water activities like parasailing, jet skiing, and they have somethign called the “water playground” that has kayaks and water trampolines and slides… then they’ll take you somewhere else to go snorkeling. you’ll look at the coral reefs and the fish… After all the water activities are complete, they give you lunch (fried chicken, deli sandwiches, potato salad, etc..) and you have unlimited complimentary wine and beer… and then the boat drops you back off where you  met up in the morning.. mr. heat fan and I had SUCH a blast!

EDIT: I said “Hawaii”.. Not sure why. I meant to say Key West!! lol 

Post # 5
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Key Westis AMAZING !!

Mr TTR and I have now been several times… infact it is where we recently married (eloped to)

I would suggest that you fly into Fort Lauderdale rather than Miami (the two cities are less than 1 hour apart).

Ft-L is a big airport… but not GIGANTIC like Miami (because Miami is soooo HUGE it can be a pain in the butt to fly in and out of, IMO). Ft-L things tend to run a bit more smoothly. Lol, in the time you’re still wandering around Miami Airport, you could have picked up your car and be on your way to our vacation in Key West

The drive down to Key West is GORGEOUS !!  It is known as the Overseas Highway (Hwy 1) and is really a series of causeways & bridges that connect The Keys (islands) together.

The only downside to this road is that it is 2 lanes, one in each direction, so the going can be slow.  Don’t believe GOOGLE MAPS when it quotes you a run under 3 Hours toKey West… it is more like 4 or 5 !!

But granted part of that can also be because you’ll want to stop a time or two to take photos.

The scenery is breathtaking… The Keys although part of the Continental USA, are really a lot more like the Caribbean than they are anywhere else (think gorgeous aqua & turquoise water etc).  Be sure you have your camera ready…  because one of you will want to be taking pictures the whole way down.

TIP # 1 – Think about renting a convertible… and bring along some “sunshine” music to get you in the mood… Jimmy Buffet (who launched his first Margaritaville in Old KW) is a good choice… but so are the Beach Boys or other such fun tunes… (Kokomo Beach is in Islamorada at the old Holiday Isle Resort… now the Postcard Inn.  Look for the world famous Tiki Bar, and home of the Rum Runner cocktail)

TIP # 2 – Many consider the worst part of the run (traffic wise) is the “land portion” at the bottom of Florida from Homestead to the Causeway and onto the middle ofKey Largo.  Many locals (and those in the know) prefer on the southbound run to take Card Sound Road out of Homestead… across the swamp / bayou, and the Toll Bridge, onto the top end of Key Largo…  there is typically a lot less traffic on that part of the route, and the drive is quite beautiful.  A nice “start” to getting to The Keys (typically you’ll make a bit better time… that is if you are not TEMPTED to make a stop at Alabama Jack’s enroute, lol)

There are oodles of spots you could stop and explore as you make your way down thru The Keys enroute to Key West… but I won’t list them all here (I suggest that you use some of the great resources available to you to learn more about them)

As for Key West itself.

If you have timed your arrival well… you’ll be able to check in, drop your bags, and head off to Mallory Square to catch the daily Sunset Ceremony (lol, there is no “ceremony” per se, just a bunch of folks who get together for cocktails, and celebrate the end of day… and the gorgeous sunsets that abound).  To be truthful… As Key West is such a small island (just 1 mile wide) the Sunset can be seen from a long list of great locations… a fun challenge is to find new ones !!  Likewise, because the island is so tiny, there are lots of places to take in fabulous Sunrises as well (that is IF you can get out of bed early enough to see them, after a night a partying).  Some Hotels even have unique locations in that they can afford their Guests great views of both Sunrises & Sunsets over the Straits of Florida in the morning, and over the Gulf of Mexicoin the evening !!

Key West is NOT A CHEAP Destination. Hotels here can be expensive ($ 200 / 250+ a night is pretty much the norm)… more if you are looking for all the bells & whistles to celebrate your Honeymoon ($ 500+ per night is not unheard of).  And it does come down to location… the less walking / driving / cycling you have to do to get to the major places (primarily Duval Street) the more you pay.

NOTE – Key West, like the majority of The Keys does not have a lot of beachfront… this is because The Keys are surrounded by a very important Reef ecosystem… so the wave action, doesn’t deposit much sand on these islands.  BUT the snorkelling and scuba diving is excellent !!  If you are a fan, check out the Charters that will take you out to the Dry   Tortugas National Park for the day.

The island has a fascinating history… look at taking one of the Trolley / Conch Train Tours, it is also a good way to get around at least for one day (hop-on & hop-off).  Maybe pay a visit to Fort Zachery Taylor (Union Civil War Fort), Truman’s Winter White House, or Ernest Hemingway’s home (doubly-so if you LOVE Cats)

When it comes to Food & Drink, Key West has lots to offer.  From corner food stands to 5 Star Dining.  If you are looking for good food some of our favourites are… Blue Heaven (don’t mind the roosters) – Louie’s Backyard – and La Te Da (food’s great, and of course there is always the Caberet Lounge upstairs)

Then there are the libations.  A Rum Runner or Hurricane are both claimed to be the “signature” drinks of The Keys.  But you’ll also find plenty of Mojitos “from just across the way”.  Bars & Clubs here are a serious business… they only close for a few hours each day in the wee wee morning hours to hose the place down !!  Only place I’ve ever seen a sign that advertised 2 Happy Hours… 6 to 8 AM or PM

Gosh I could go on for ever… tons to explore, see, do, eat & drink.  But here are some resources to get you started on your own Reading & Planning…

Wikipedia – Key West= http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Key_West

Love Wikipedia a great overview… and you can click-around as you see things that peak your curiosity

Florida Keys Tourism = http://www.fla-keys.com/

TripAdvisor – Key West(Tourism) = http://www.tripadvisor.ca/Tourism-g34345-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida-Vacations.html

NOTE – TripAdvisor is a fantastic resource… in addition to Reviews for Accommodations, Restaurants and Attractions, they also have Boards (like we have here on WBee)… except they call them Forums, and you can post Questions and chat with Locals and Destination Experts who know the area best.  Lots of great folks on the TA Key West Forum (lol, I’ve been known to drop in before every trip just to catch up with everyone and find out what is new in one my favourite spots in the USA)

Hope this helps,

PS… As sunrises & sunsets are such a big thing in Key West… Here are a few “sunny” photos to perk your interest.  All taken from our Hotel (Southernmost on the Beach) in January.

PHOTO – Sunrise on the Day we were Married

PHOTO – And Sunset too !!

 

 

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My fiancé and I are first time travelers and we’re going to Key West for our honeymoon at the end of April/beginning of March. I’ll watch this thread closely. 🙂

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

I went to Key West last summer, and found a room in an awesome B&B for about $100 a night (http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g34345-d144499-Reviews-Key_West_Bed_and_Breakfast-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida.html). The B&Bs there are so cute, and I would definitely recommend that over a hotel. Ours had bikes (I think we had to pay to rent them for the day, but I can’t remember how much), and riding around the island was really fun.

I also recommend going snorkeling or diving in Big Pine Key. It’s about 45 minutes from Key West, but the difference in the sea life is colossal. If you go on one of the big snorkel cruises off of Key West, you’re basically booze cruising, and you snorkel at an area with no reef and very little sea life. In Big Pine Key, you can go to amazing reefs for snorkeling. It makes sense that they don’t take the big boats in Key West to good spots, because it would be awful to destroy a pristine reef by droping off hundreds of drunk people there. The booze cruises are fun for just being on a boat and drinking, though 🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

@Jane77677:  Key West is amazing.  Definitely rent a convertible for the drive down, that was one of my favorite parts of our trip.  And I highly recommend the Casa Marina resort.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I guess it’s just me but I wasn’t too impressed with the Florida Keys.  FI grew up there and we went down there in 2010 for a vacation.

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I love key west! Can’t suggest camping on the beach more. Beautiful and relaxing.

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