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Ok. Laugh at me all you want. Happy wife, bearable life or something like that.

Been 10 years and it was ok, not great then. Any good breakfast spots, new things to do, or new things to see?

 

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Ok, bumping this dead thread.

Several friends are planning to meet in Key West in late January. We never have been there, so need info/advice on decent (but not bankroll-busting) places to stay. What’s the easiest way to fly there from Austin? Rent a car in town or drive down from Miami?

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I like flying into Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and taking a rental car down.   Maybe stay a night on the mainland because if you leave at the wrong time the traffic will be a bitch around Key Largo and Islamorada.   I usually stay at a place within stumbling distance of Duval St. since its usually a party trip.   I also get a rental with a kitchen because I usually like cooking breakfast or lunch on my own and then dining out at night.  

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2 hours ago, Armybrat said:

Ok, bumping this dead thread.

Several friends are planning to meet in Key West in late January. We never have been there, so need info/advice on decent (but not bankroll-busting) places to stay. What’s the easiest way to fly there from Austin? Rent a car in town or drive down from Miami?

You might watch out for the Mile 0 Fest, unless that's why you're going.  I myself would love to hit it sometime, but it may clog up your hotels, restaurants, etc.  It was Jan 29-Feb 2 this year.

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Brat, the drive down from Miami is something.   I'd recommend that. 

We stayed an a super cool place that was affordable.  Parking can be a motherfucker, so rent the smallest car that you can be comfortable in. 

I made the mistake of renting a big SUV because I was gonna need to haul some shit back in Palm Beach a few days later.  I fucked up.

The driveway into the hotel was so narrow that I backed out, looking at my right mirror and dragging my left hand long the block wall along the drive.

I'll look at my old credit cards and find the place we stayed.  It was back off Duval street far enough to not be too noisy.   

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The driveway as referenced above.  Still working on the name of the joint. 

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SW has direct flights from AUS to FLL.  Easy and fast drive down south from the airport to Homestead on the tollways west of Miami (I don't like Miami much).  There is a great Hard Rock casino on that route if you wanted to do a night on the mainland before hitting the Overseas Highway.  That can be a really cool drive over the bridges from island to island if traffic isn't screwed up.  With only two lanes most of the way down, it doesn't take much for traffic to get screwed up. 

Eat some conch in Key Largo on the way down.  The Garden of Eden nightclub would be a must for your crew!  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g34345-d575431-Reviews-Garden_of_Eden-Key_West_Florida_Keys_Florida.html

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Key West Harbor Inn. Tracy and her staff are the best. Cozy, comfy, breakfast and happy hour included. Far enough from Duval to be quiet, but still right in the middle of everything. 

Also...the above rec on Blue Heaven is seconded here. 

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Flying into MIA or FLL is an either or. FLL is a 20 mile longer drive but an easier airport. Fl turnpike and turnpike extension will take you to Florida City. From Florida City you can go the way most everybody goes or take Card Sound Road. Both ways take you to Key Largo.

Fish House in Key Largo is legit. Pennecamp State Park is nearby for snorkeling. They used to have a discount on the 9am snorkeling trip. We used to do that and then hit up the Fish House for lunch.

For your rent car get a convertible. 7 mile bridge is spectacular with the top down.



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I like me some Pepe’s.


Also, you should definitely go to the garden of eden with your old balls gross.

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If you fly into MIA or FLL and drive down, take the Card Sound Road route and find out what the maximum speed of your rental car is. You can even drive it once at a reasonable speed just to make sure that no cops are hiding, then flip a U-turn, hit Vmax, turn around again, hit Vmax again, and go on your original route. Fun way to spend 15 minutes.

And that's going to be the last opportunity for you to drive fast on that trip, so just resign yourself to it and fall in line. Don't bother getting impatient - there's nothing you can do about it. 

Stop at Keys Fisheries & Marina in Marathon for a lobster reuben, some stone crabs, and peel and eats. You can watch your food come in off the boat if you happen to get there at the right time. 

https://www.keysfisheries.com/

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Just found this thread. I am in Key West at least twice a year, I live about 4.5 hours away. Here are my random thoughts/suggestions:

  • if you like driving, aren't in a rush the drive down the overseas highway is nice (once) some great restaurants along the way I would recommend the Square Grouper at MM 25
  • if you want to do the drive, fly into MIA or FLL, rent a car there and leave it in key west and fly out of key west. You do not need a car on the island and the drive back sucks
  • the ferry from Fort Myers is a good way to go, takes about 3.5-4 hours, during season you can also catch a ferry out of Marco Island. If you go down on a holiday weekend there are often strippers on the boat heading down
  • strip clubs are hit and miss there, the main ones are Red Garter, bare assets and Teasers
  • I stay at the Hyatt Centric on Front, mainly because I have tons of points that makes it cheap but there are a wide range of places to stay, if you want to hit Duval I would stay in old town, it may be a little more expensive but you will save on cabs
  • great breakfast places - two friends, breakfast club too, moon dog cafe
  • if you are a diver the Vandenberg is a great dive, I use southpoint divers
  • lunch and dinner I usually just eat at the bar I am currently in, but Hogfish is good - it is actually on Stock Island
  • you can do the normal bars Sloppy Joes, Irish Kevins, Captain Tony's etc - tons of good entertainers
  • if you are a microbrew fan, waterfront brewing is pretty good, decent food as well
  • if you need to kill some time during the day away from the bar and do not want to go out on the water, the Key west cemetery is pretty cool - there are more dead people on the island than living people
  • if you are hungover, IVs in the keys is awesome, takes about 45 minutes, re-hydrates you and gets rid of 90% of your hangover
  • Jet ski tour of the island is a good way to see it from the water
  • If you can get a table outside on the rail at Amigos at night the food is meh,  but it is entertaining to watch the drunk people try and throw a quarter in the Grouper's mouth at Captain Tonys
  • If there is a decent concert at the Ampitheater, it is a great venue, built last year - I saw slightly stoopid, matisyahu and tribal seeds there in June. only draw back was there was not a lot of shade from the sun
  • They say the only way to get arrested in Key West is to be an asshole or hassle the chickens

 

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3 hours ago, Ogie Ogilthorpe said:

Just found this thread. I am in Key West at least twice a year, I live about 4.5 hours away. Here are my random thoughts/suggestions:

  • if you like driving, aren't in a rush the drive down the overseas highway is nice (once) some great restaurants along the way I would recommend the Square Grouper at MM 25
  • if you want to do the drive, fly into MIA or FLL, rent a car there and leave it in key west and fly out of key west. You do not need a car on the island and the drive back sucks
  • the ferry from Fort Myers is a good way to go, takes about 3.5-4 hours, during season you can also catch a ferry out of Marco Island. If you go down on a holiday weekend there are often strippers on the boat heading down
  • strip clubs are hit and miss there, the main ones are Red Garter, bare assets and Teasers
  • I stay at the Hyatt Centric on Front, mainly because I have tons of points that makes it cheap but there are a wide range of places to stay, if you want to hit Duval I would stay in old town, it may be a little more expensive but you will save on cabs
  • great breakfast places - two friends, breakfast club too, moon dog cafe
  • if you are a diver the Vandenberg is a great dive, I use southpoint divers
  • lunch and dinner I usually just eat at the bar I am currently in, but Hogfish is good - it is actually on Stock Island
  • you can do the normal bars Sloppy Joes, Irish Kevins, Captain Tony's etc - tons of good entertainers
  • if you are a microbrew fan, waterfront brewing is pretty good, decent food as well
  • if you need to kill some time during the day away from the bar and do not want to go out on the water, the Key west cemetery is pretty cool - there are more dead people on the island than living people
  • if you are hungover, IVs in the keys is awesome, takes about 45 minutes, re-hydrates you and gets rid of 90% of your hangover
  • Jet ski tour of the island is a good way to see it from the water
  • If you can get a table outside on the rail at Amigos at night the food is meh,  but it is entertaining to watch the drunk people try and throw a quarter in the Grouper's mouth at Captain Tonys
  • If there is a decent concert at the Ampitheater, it is a great venue, built last year - I saw slightly stoopid, matisyahu and tribal seeds there in June. only draw back was there was not a lot of shade from the sun
  • They say the only way to get arrested in Key West is to be an asshole or hassle the chickens

 

Hey Ogie...last time I was in Key West there was a checkpoint at the end of the island.  Anybody with pets had to get them checked.  Something about deer ticks.  Is that still going on?

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I saw that a few years back in Key Largo, but haven't seen it in a while. I think it would also only be an issue if you were to spend time on Big Pine with the key deer.

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1 hour ago, Ogie Ogilthorpe said:

I saw that a few years back in Key Largo, but haven't seen it in a while. I think it would also only be an issue if you were to spend time on Big Pine with the key deer.

it could be a seasonal thing too. It wasn’t there in June or January but last summer I took my boat down so I wouldn’t know if it a summer issue

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On 4/12/2019 at 5:26 PM, Gil Bang said:

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The driveway as referenced above.  Still working on the name of the joint. 

Just came across the receipt.   "Casa 325".  325 Duval. http://casa325.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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On 4/12/2019 at 10:13 AM, Armybrat said:

What’s the easiest way to fly there from Austin? Rent a car in town or drive down from Miami?

yep.

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