The Lower Keys

Key West * Tortugas

Ever want to waste away in Margaritavlle, watch a woman go crazy on Caroline Street, or just generally live in three quarters time?  Well Key West covers it all...

 Where Do We Eat?

Santiago Bodega  This is my wife's new favorite place...a Spanish tapas restaurant tucked in the south west part of town.  While you can get a fantastic meal here, the move is to hit their happy hour for great deals on outstanding tapas and some of the best sangria!

Blue Heaven  Lobster Reuben for breakfast...it's really all which needs to be said.  Get there early though...peak hours mean long lines...good hint this is a good place.

Cafe Sole  This is THE best restaurant in the keys!  White table cloths, soft candle light, and the most exquisite menu in the islands.  It's not easy to spend less than $100 for a dinner for two, but Cafe Sole is, in my opinion, still the best deal in Key West.

 

Louie's Backyard  Okay, so it's apparently NOT an all dude's beach rave.  Louie's is a classy fine dining restaurant with THE best view of any restaurant in the country.  Very comparable to Cafe Sole in quality, but untouchable in the view.  Be sure to catch a sunset dinner here.

Conch Republic Seafood Company  Come as you are.  Sit at a table or belly up to the bar.  If you want good food but aren't dressed up for $50 entrees, then this is your spot.,  AWESOME open air bar with great entertainment and even better food.  Located just north of Mallory Square.

Caroline's Cafe  Right in the heart of Duvall.  GREAT for lunch with the family, or sit at the bar and people watch.  This is where you HAVE to go on your way home from a night of partying up and down Duvall.  The Po Boy isn't a sandwich stuffed with shrimp, it's a bucket of shrimp with a french bread crust!

What Do We do?

Poets and flyers, looters and liars have flocked here for centuries...and now YOU'RE here!  Keep your eyes open and your phone camera ready.  Just keep an open mind and enjoy.

You can run around all day pumping change in the meter, or you can do it right and just rent a bike for the day.  They're cheap, comfortable, and the best way to explore Key West

There is one huge awesome public beach running much of the southern coast of the island, although they divide them into three.  There is plenty of parking and all the services you could want.

It may seem a bit morbid, but if you rented bikes then its worth taking a spin through the famous Key West Cemetery...it will save you from spending $60 on the Key West haunted trolley tour.

Duval Street is the Key's version of Bourbon Street only way more laid back, way more friendly, with way more flip-flops.  Belly up at Capt Tony's and have a beer where Jimmy Buffett got his start.  At night be sure to stop in to Irish Kevin's...if you dare.

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, located on the southwest corner of Key West, is home to the Civil War era namesake fort as well as an outstanding secluded beach...well worth the $5 admission

The Dry Tortugas are the hidden gems of the Lower keys.  It's about 90 minutes by ferry but once there you'll experience a something truly unique as you explore the 100 square miles of submerged Dry Tortugas National Park.