If you have been following this blog for a while, and many of you have, I thank you. Certainly you noticed I have not posted in some time. I announced recently, with great pride, the acquisition of a Cruise Planners franchise. Yes, that’s right, Mrs. SirOzzy and I bought a travel agency. Travel, as you know, has always been one of my many passions and now I do it professionally. I foresee a lot of “Research & Development Projects” in my future. For the last two months I have been focused intently on the process of beginning a new business. Please visit our new website www.sirozzytravel.com Someone (maybe it was me) once said, “If you find what you love to do, you’ll never have to work again”.
We were patiently waiting for our rental car to be ready for the drive to Key West. The valet parked it out front and was putting on a finishing shine when we were approached by another gentlemen. With company shirt and clip board in hand, he smoothly asked if we would like an upgrade. “How can we get an upgrade when we have the nicest car on the lot?” We watched him retreat to the 3 Spring-Breakers and read his lips as he said, “no deal.” And off we went in our convertible Camaro.
Much has been written on Key West and the drive on the Overseas Highway. But, after reading the story of a man who walked to Key West all the way from Seattle, Washington, my drive pales in comparison. He is still there, just look for Darth Vader playing a banjo on Duval Street.
Here are a few suggestions for things to do in Key West:
First things first, a lunch at Snook’s Bayside Restaurant in Key Largo is a MUST! Be careful not to miss the turn, it will sneak up on you on the right hand side. Get the Lobster Reuben and enjoy the amazing view. The next 100 miles will be the fun part.
Island Dogs Bar. I had the Daily Hair of the Dog Pizza. This very well may be the most perfect remedy for a hangover I ever had. And how about the Good Morning Dog? A bacon wrapped hot dog with fried eggs. This place has got breakfast figured out right!
Blue Heaven. This is the most popular breakfast joint in the Keys. While you are waiting for your table, make sure you belly up to the bar and get a Bloody Mary. And enjoy the live tunes.
Starbucks. I know, I know…who the hell goes to Key West to get Starbucks? Well, we got a couple drinks and a breakfast sandwich and walked over to the pier behind Mallory Square. We enjoyed the peace and quiet while watching pelicans dive for their breakfast. Hey, don’t knock it.
Here’s the thing about Key West, there are about a million restaurants up and down Duval Street and all around the surrounding area. Where ever you are, you are within walking distance of everything. Flip-flops and tank-tops are perfectly appropriate attire at any restaurant. If you can’t find a good lunch in Key West, well, you ain’t looking. A good starting point is Sloppy Joe’s.
Sure, there are some good, fine dining restaurants in Key West. But, if I wanted extravagance, I would have stayed in Miami. Ninety miles from Cuba is all about Happy Hour.
Alonzo’s. A great view and even better Garlic Oysters.
Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill. The best chicken wings on the island, and owned by Kelly “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” McGillis.
Fogarty’s. Huge portions of American Comfort Food served in an outside seating area. Great spot to eat dinner and people watch.
Better Than Sex. Need I say more? Leave the kids at the hotel.
Kermit’s Key West Lime Shoppe. Self-proclaimed best Key Lime in the world. Has a few awards to back it up.
Key West Cemetery. Grab your jogging (or in my case, walking) shoes and head on over to the cemetery first thing in the morning. Look for the tombstone that says “I told you I was sick”, and “If you don’t have anything nice to say, you’re a jerk.” This could be the most fun you’ll ever have in a cemetery.
Take a Trolley. It’s always the best way to get acclimated to a new area. And these are especially enjoyable with the fun stories told by the guides. The night time Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour is one of the best tours I’ve ever had.
Mallory Square Sunset Celebration. Loaded with street performers of all types, including acrobats, jugglers, musicians and dog trainers, this is what separates Key West from everywhere else in the world. Celebrate as another day ends and night begins.
We were sorry to go, but San Juan was calling our name.
Enjoy The Journey…