Sunday, March 28, 2021

Key West, FL - March 2021

We ventured down to the wonderful city of Key West, FL the past week as a get-away and to celebrate Jeff's 61st birthday. We had originally planned to take a Caribbean cruise for the week but the situation with Covid and cruising made us cancel - prior to when the cruise ships cancelled. As luck would have it, we were able to snag a spot at the closest RV park to Key West - Boyd's Key West Campground.

The Campground

Boyd's has the distinction of being less than 5 miles from old town Key West, just across the bridge on Stock Island. The entrance is welcoming even though one might not think so looking at the largely industrial/trailer park areas around it. The staff is extremely friendly and welcoming. They are also fantastic at getting you into your spot, which can be a challenge. Yes, the campground is a bit tight, but once in your spot it really is not noticeable. If you are one that must have a huge amount of space around you - this and not any campground in this area will be suitable for you. We never really noticed how tight it was once we were settled. The sewer connections are at the back of the spot, so even though there is not a lot space between that is not close to where you would be sitting outside your rig.

It's tough to get a reservation here, especially last minute, but it is well worth it, Yes it is pricey but to put your rig so close to Key West comes with a price  - real estate is a premium in this part of the world.

If you like to cook up some fresh fish, directly across from the campground entrance is a great fresh fish market called FishBusterz. You never know what they may have. We looked around one day and they had halibut, which we would have gotten if we were cooking at the campsite that night, but we were not. Two days later Jeff walked over to get dinner and they had lion fish. We had always wanted to try this and it was some of the best fish we have ever eaten. Lionfish are not indigenous to Florida waters; and are, in fact, destroying natural wildlife. It was good to see such a high pile of it at the fish market because that means they are getting caught and removed. Jeff fried it up in the skillet using Zatarains Southern coating.

On Stock Island there are also several restaurants available. Our first night we walked down to Hogfish Bar and Grill. Great little place at the marina with fantastic drinks and food - Jeff highly recommends the seafood enchilada and Beth recommends the hogfish.

Old Town Key West

We had our bikes with us and rode them into Key West several days. The Florida Keys Overseas Heritage Trail can easily be accessed a few blocks up from the campground. This takes you off the main road and along the water side of Roosevelt once you cross the bridge from Stock Island onto Key West. It is approximately five miles from campground to Mallory Square at the top of Duval Street.

Describing Key West to someone who has never been can be a rather daunting task. Key West is a wonderful town for eating, shopping, and drinking. There are so many places once can find to just settle back and watch the ships or watch the people. There are iconic spots that one must simply visit to say they went. There are also a lot of attractions that must be seen, in our opinion - the Southern Most Point (see a short video of our bike ride there below), Hemingway's House, Butterfly farm, Little White House, Fort Zachary Taylor, and so many more. 

This trip we made a journey down to Blue Heaven on Thomas Street for Sunday brunch. Their lobster eggs benedict are absolutely the best and they have the best Key Lime pie in all of Key West, according to Jeff who has had it all over town. Well worth the wait to eat there.

Birthday lunch/dinner was specifically set for one of the oldest iconic places on Duval Street - Sloppy Joes Bar. This is one of those must have meals along with a fantastic frozen drink called "Pain in the Ass"  - they simply go together great.

A couple of days we stopped by the Sunset Pier to enjoy a drink and watch the water activity. This is an absolutely wonderful place with great drinks and what appeared to be great food (we did not eat, only enjoyed some nice frozen cocktails).  It is right on the water so you can watch the activity and would be wonderful for sunset if not out on Mallory Square for the daily sunset festival.

We did manage to take a snorkel trip out to the barrier reef with Fury Watersports. We had one trip booked but due to conditions they had to change it to  the Gulf side coral bed. We switched over to go on the bigger catamaran that could handle the choppiness of the ocean side barrier reef. The trip out was great, crew was wonderful and the water was chilly. We were able to rent wetsuits for $10 that helped. The visibility was not great as the strong currents were making it a bit hazy. The trip back to the pier they had an open bar with beer and margaritas. All in all a good trip, but we had wished the water visibility had been better.

Overall we had a great trip - only wishing it could have been longer. We did have a "poop incident" trying to empty the black tank. Unsure what may have be clogging it. We have never introduced any foreign objects to the tank, but the prior owner seemed to have let it dry at some point and we are getting pieces of "peanut brittle" type debris. That saga continues.

A short ride to the Southern Most Point

S. Roosevelt Beach

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