On Saturday, Bev and I took our time and drove through the Everglades on the way to the Keys. We could also bypass Miami going this way. Around Homestead, Fl there were many nurseries with beautiful plants and produce. We asked another sailor about a cheap but clean hotel in the Marathon, Fl area. We were pleasantly surprised with our ocean front room. We enjoyed the sunset from our beach and just relaxed.
Knowing how expensive it is to stay in Key West, we decided to spend only one night on the island.
We found a great B&B though a booking agency that I would recommend to anyone. The name was the Frances Street Bottle Inn. It was in Old Town and walking distance to most anything. It was a 150 year old house with a great veranda with cushioned wicker furniture. We arrived there about 11:00am as others were checking out. So we were able to park right by the B&B and leave the car there for the next 24 hours. Actually, we just wanted to stay there instead of touring, but made ourselves go have a good time :)
We had to have lunch at our favorite spot in Key West, BO's Fish Wagon. It is a little place with outdoor seating that looks like a junk yard. Their specialty is a fried soft shell crab sandwich. And you have to have their lime-aide. Then we took a trolley tour so Bev could get an overview of the island. After that, we walked through the wharf area, part of Duvall street and to Malory Square for the sunset. We decided to get a table at a restaurant right on the water's edge. We watched a cruise ship leave right in front of us, then had front row seats for a beautiful sunset.
That evening, I convinced Bev to do something with me that Dave always refused to do. We went to a Drag Queen show. The name of the place was Aqua. So Bev's story is that she thought it was going to be a dolphin show :) We had fun. Watching the other people in the audience was part of the entertainment, too.
We had a great breakfast on the veranda, walked through the Key West Cemetery near our B&B, then headed back. We stopped in Marathon to visit with sailing friends, the Mills, and check out the city marina for when we head that way in a few weeks.
We don't plan to spend much time in the Keys when we leave Ft Myers by boat. We feel we can always come back to that area in the future.
Key Colony Beach Motel in Marathon