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Old 11-19-2010, 09:17 PM
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Hey everybody, I have a pal that is fixing to get married in Key West. I told him I know the perfect crowd to probe fo rinfo abou this. You guys! So we need a few big houses to stay in, a good charter boat for us guys to catch some fish on, and whatever other advise you all can dish out. So??...
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Old 11-20-2010, 05:11 AM
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Take the Yankee Freedom out to the tortugas and get married on the sandy beaches of Fort Jefferson.
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Old 11-20-2010, 08:50 AM
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Originally Posted by yachtjim View Post
Hey everybody, I have a pal that is fixing to get married in Key West. I told him I know the perfect crowd to probe fo rinfo abou this. You guys! So we need a few big houses to stay in, a good charter boat for us guys to catch some fish on, and whatever other advise you all can dish out. So??...

Guy and a girl, right?

How many in your group? That will factor into the boat recommendations. Offshore or flats?
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James, that is a great idea. Key West is my town. I'd suggest you look into rentals in the Truman Annex. We've rented several condo units in there and also rented single family homes. Easy walk to town and the beach or you can rent scooters to get around easy. I fish a guy named John Smouse, Shadowcaster Charters-he's a flats guy and very good. I've never fished any of the offshore guys. As to places to go, my faves are the Schooner Wharf aka the Dog Bar (on the harbor-great music, good food, great atmosphere), Conch Republic, Hog's Breath for tunes, Capt. Tony's for history, the Green Parrot for music and the Southernmost beach bar and pool for plain old relaxing fun. Hit Sunset Pier right before sunset for giant beers and street performers-the Admirals can visit all the street vendors for souveniers and trinkets. I could go on, but you'll find plenty of yer own fun too...

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There is a compound at 700 thomas street that is nice. It has a main house and 3 bungalos. sleeps like 20 people.. and is about 200 steps from the Green Parrot. 400 walking the zigzag pattern after a long day drinking..
We used to rent it for Key West Race Week in January. I think is was 5k for the full week.
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Old 11-20-2010, 09:33 AM
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[QUOTE=BSpot;3351407]Guy and a girl, right?

That was my question also. Legally, can straight people even get married in Key West???
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Guy and a girl, right?

That was my question also. Legally, can straight people even get married in Key West???
So long as one is transgendered, they'll let it go.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:02 PM
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Key West is someone else's town but I know of a few good restaurants. Pepe's for the steak smothered with pork chops, El Siboney for Cuban food, Caroline's for the jambalaya, Kelly's Carribbean for seafood, Louie's Backyard is top shelf, pricey but worth it. If you find yourself near Sugarloaf you can't go wrong with Mangrove Mama's. Enjoy.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:20 PM
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Dessert at Better than Sex. I sent you a PM for a house also. Want a nice dinner for 2 get to Lattitudes out on Sunset Key.
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Old 11-20-2010, 02:28 PM
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Grew up there...conch for many years...Id agree with most. Alot of good suggestions here, I would add that Pepe's is good for breakfast and so is Blue Haven (Bahama village). Also, Half shell raw bar has some good seafood and is reasonable on the water, but the locals like the rusty anchor for great seafood its in Stock Island (right before KW). There are many that charter-- and it really would depend on the group and the type of fishing (I'll tell you when you tell us what you want). I'm a huge fan of the Fort---a wedding on the beach there for a group, would need to be cleared with the rangers, but it would be very very very unique.
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oh DrJim..you silly savage........
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Old 11-22-2010, 08:10 AM
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my wife and i had a small, intimate sunrise ceremony on Smathers Beach. It was early enough that all of the homeless dudes were still sleeping. We then had our "reception" at Harpoon Harry's, which is our favorite breakfast spot (just up the street from Pepe's). Ron, the owner, is a great guy and would be more than happy to help, i'm sure.
I've had friends get married on a few of the different sailing vessels in town, some of the historic ones and some of the more modern types. either way can be downright awesome.
i've had one friend get married at the Hemingway house. they have an amazing piece of property. Also, i've got a friend getting married this week at The Oldest House which is on Duval Street. The property in the back is incredible and huge.
You could also go to Ft. Zachary Taylor state park, if you wanted the beach thing, but didn't want to go all the way to the Tortugas or deal with homeless bums at Smathers. It stays open until sunset and can be really nice at that time of the day.
As for rental homes, there are thousands to choose from.
For fishing, I have plenty of recommendations but would need to know more about the size of the party, types of fishing desired, etc....
I know people in pretty much every facet of the kind of vacation you're asking for, from wedding planners to charter captains. so feel free to ask questions.
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I second the Louie's Backyard. Hit up the top floor for tapas or the bottom for a pricey sitdown meal. Either way it's devine.

Michaels is also a very nice restaurant to eat at.
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i dream about el siboney for cuban food...and the sangria
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Old 11-23-2010, 10:25 AM
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i dream about el siboney for cuban food...and the sangria
They just opened one in Marathon,same name, equally as good. It's one of the brothers of the Key West family.
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If you can't get to the Fort for the wedding, how about the lighthouse yard?
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
i dream about el siboney for cuban food...and the sangria
just got back from Key West... we ate at el siboney three times. The best cuban food I've had since my wifes cuban grandmother passed. That place is as good as it gets.
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just got back from Key West... we ate at el siboney three times. The best cuban food I've had since my wifes cuban grandmother passed. That place is as good as it gets.
Is that the place at Mallory Square?
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Is that the place at Mallory Square?
Nope it's up on Catherine St.
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