Summer Vacation 2015: Key West, Florida

14 Aug

Hey there!

Summer is drawing to a close, but we can still day dream about our destination vacations right? If you just came back from vacation, or are planning your next one, I’m sure you’ll be excited to read my first travel post!

I traveled to Key West last month, which is located in the southernmost tip of the Southern Florida region. I suggest flying to Key West, even as a local. The traffic is horrendous, and it takes longer than usual to get there. I went by road trip though, and if you do decide to, there are quite a bit of stops you can take along the way. So let’s start before we reached Key West!

robbies

My family and I ended up at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada, which is a popular stop for people in the area, where you can feed the tarpon fish, shop, and dine. I had never seen a live Tarpon in its natural state before I came here, and I was a bit intimidated even if the fish were in the water. I heard it wasn’t wise to dangle the bait above the fish as they could jump and grab on to your hand. It’s best to just throw it nice and easy to them. I let someone else feed the fish, as I watched unharmed and obviously taking pictures the whole time.

We ate at the restaurant at Robbie’s, which was packed. Apparently Robbie’s is always full no matter what time of day it is. Our waitress told us it was national pina colada day, and that set the tone for the entire trip. After my first pina colada there, I had to order more once we arrived in Key West, and let me tell you, I didn’t have not one bad pina colada on vacation.

sloppyjoes

Once we arrived, we stayed in a rented condo near Duval Street, which is the street where all of the nightlife comes out to play. I checked out Sloppy Joe’s, a famous bar in Key West that night, and it felt like I had been warped back into the 80’s. It was a lot of fun. There were all types of crowds in there just enjoying a live band playing oldies songs, and yes, I made sure to have a pina colada in my hand.

There were a bunch of restaurants there that I wanted to check out that night, but by the time we went to eat, the only one open was the Hardrock. It was alright, but typical as it’s common to experience anything about the Hardrock for me, as I live just a few minutes away from a Hardrock Hotel & Casino back home.

megladon

After a long drive and a night of bar hopping, I was so ready to rest. It’s amazing how fast you get drained there. There is literally so much walking to do, and so much to see. We then decided to do some window shopping in Mallory Square, which conjoins with Duval Street. I went inside a shell based store, and stumbled upon a Megladon tooth. I was sketched out, because how many places have an actual Megladon tooth that is not a part of a museum? In the spirit of shark week that week, I was stoked either way.

redfishbluefish

We made a little stop after visiting some shops to a random bar we had no clue about until we went to. Red Fish Blue Fish had the best Cuban sandwich I have ever had. Typically, people say Cuban sandwiches in Miami are the best, but being from Miami I have to say it’s a lie after I ate here. The beers were delicious, as it was blazing hot and humid on our walk that day.

hemingwayhome

We did a lot of walking. I’m glad to have stumbled upon the famous Parisian author Ernest Hemingway’s house, which is practically open to the public as a museum. The Hemingway home was originally built in 1851, and was remodeled by Ernest and his wife Pauline. I wanted to go the first night we arrived, but it was closed off to a private wedding. So you’ve heard it here folks, if you want to get hitched there, you can.

hemingwaybalcony

The house is spectacular, and kept in tip top shape for the tourists. It was around $13 per person upon entrance and they only took cash only, so you know that money goes towards maintenance. The house is full of historical artifacts, and gorgeous landscaping. We didn’t take any sort of tour, because I felt we didn’t need to. It was nice to just wander off around the Spanish colonial-esque house and explore its giant balconies and rooms.

hemingwaykitchen hemingwaybed hemingwaystudio

What’s unique about the Hemingway house is the six toed cats that have reproduced inside the property and around Key West. Even those cats born with five toes can still mother six toed kittens. This common genetic cat trait in Key West started when Hemingway was given a six toed cat by a sea captain. The cats on the Hemingway property are all descendants of the original cat. Here’s some that I got to see. I just loved how friendly they all were too!

heminwaycat2 heminwaycat1

I had no idea we’d be in Key West during Sunset Festival, but we happened to be. The Festival took place at Mallory Square, which has a nice boardwalk to walk around in, unlike Duval which just has sidewalks and the main road. During Sunset Fest, I got to witness a vintage car show. It was so cool to see all of the cars of the times. I also saw some strange acts performed by the locals for money. They were quite entertaining, and we even ran into a wedding reception. I had to wonder if it was the same wedding from the Hemingway house. A mystery I’ll never really know, but either way it was stunning to watch!

keywestcar

mallorysquaretalent

mallorysquarewedding

My trip was coming to a close, and after being bombarded with crowds of people from all walks of life, I was ready to ease some anxiety and get home. I know, I’m an old lady really. Yet before we were set to leave, we made one more stop for breakfast this morning. We headed to Key West’s famous Blue Heaven, and boy was the food and mimosas heaven.

blueheavenmenu

I captured the history on the menu as explained by them, and found it to be such a cozy, tropical restaurant. Upon walking in, you’re greeted with a live band, a bar, and an art gallery. You’ll never know all of this is hidden behind a fenced in yard, as the front looks like a tiny cottage.

Once we were seated after a 45 minute wait, I got to order a delicious Lobster Benedict for breakfast. Could you believe such an invention to begin with? The lobster was so amazing, it didn’t taste fishy at all. The poached eggs were on point, and the flavors just burst subtly in your mouth. I did try a piece of Key Lime pie, but I actually thought it was too sweet to be Key Lime completely. I was the only one with this opinion on my trip, but I just love my Key Lime with a bit of tartness!

blueheavenplate

So that was my trip you guys! I hope you enjoyed my travel post, and are considering visiting these spots once you hit up Key West. What’s your favorite vacation spot? Until my next vacation, thank you so much for reading!

Advertisements

2 Responses to “Summer Vacation 2015: Key West, Florida”

  1. Allure Makeup August 14, 2015 at 12:39 pm #

    It looks like you had a great time in Florida! thanks for sharing xx

    Liked by 1 person

Thanks for your comment! I will get back to you ASAP. In the mean time, make sure to subscribe! - Gabby

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: