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Old 08-31-2011, 09:38 AM
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So I am taking the plunge on September 10th for the second time. The Fiance and I were not really planning on taking a honeymoon but recently decided we should take a few days off (From 4 - 7 days). With a little more than a week to figure this out I am trying to pick a destination. One of the places she expressed some interest in is the Florida Keys. Neither of us have been there before so I thought this could be a cool option. Maybe fly into the airport - rent a convertible - and head south. So - I have a couple of questions for you Keys folks

What are the Keys like this time of year from a vacation standpoint?
Can anyone give me some reccomendations of cool places to stay and/or visit?

I am up for any ideas - hotel, resorts, condos, B&B, whatever. While the future Admiral is adventurous (she does overnighters with me in my stuffy, cramped ass cabin) I think this is going to be more of A/C thing than a tent on a secluded beach. Thanks in advance for any thoughts!!
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Fly directly into Key West and stay at the Almond Tree. That's what we did. There is a place to rent anything from bicycles to electric cars right across the street from the hotel. Plenty to do on Key West
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here's where we stay, 4 times so far, in one of the beachfront cottages

http://conchkeycottages.com/index.htm

love it, and its great because its centrally located between marathon and islamorada
key west is about an hours drive
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Definitely go to Key West and if possible stay in the Truman Annex. They have townhouse rentals and is a 3 block walk to Duval Street. The townhouses are nice and the people are friendly. They have their own community pool too. Irish Kevin's is a fun bar to go to with live music as well as Hog's Breath Saloon. You can take the catamaran ferry trip to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas and they have a snorkeling adventure there.
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stay in keywest. go online to see who has deals for bed and breakfasts. Small and quaint places to stay are more romantic than larger places. Biz are hungry- slow time of the year now. weather can be humid and rainy as it is hurricane season and local thunderstorms can be a daily event. So much to see and do in keywest. If not there, stay on southbeach in miami.
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Thanks for the info so far (and so fast - man I love THT). I will look into all of these places. With respect to the B&B - my only concern is that we are going to be knockin the boots some and I am not a huge fan of the privacy you get in the typical B&B. Kinda like trying to have sex with the kids home - you can get it done but you will not be putting marks on the wall with the headboard. If someone knows of a B&B with some privacy that would eb fair game.
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Originally Posted by cgrand View Post
here's where we stay, 4 times so far, in one of the beachfront cottages

http://conchkeycottages.com/index.htm

love it, and its great because its centrally located between marathon and islamorada
key west is about an hours drive
Checked this out and they have nothing but Family cottages left - so this one is out!!
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Originally Posted by Port Monster View Post
Thanks for the info so far (and so fast - man I love THT). I will look into all of these places. With respect to the B&B - my only concern is that we are going to be knockin the boots some and I am not a huge fan of the privacy you get in the typical B&B. Kinda like trying to have sex with the kids home - you can get it done but you will not be putting marks on the wall with the headboard. If someone knows of a B&B with some privacy that would eb fair game.

That's a lot info.

If you are looking for a great call Rob Nevius- Jerwater Charters- http://www.kwfishing.com/ he has always put me and my friends on big fish!

I have stayed at the http://www.laconchakeywest.com/ a couple of times. If you search you can get some pretty good rates and its in the middle of the party if you feel like going out.
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I always stay at the Marquesa House, very nice. Two blocks n of Duval so you can walk to most any place. It also has one of the top spots to dine.

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Originally Posted by BSpot View Post
I always stay at the Marquesa House, very nice. Two blocks n of Duval so you can walk to most any place. It also has one of the top spots to dine.

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This is booked!! So that option is out!!
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Old 08-31-2011, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Big Island Lifer View Post
That's a lot info.
Just being honest!!! I want to do some fishing but that is going to depend on the new Admiral - I will keep this in mind if she is up for it!!! (And knowing her I will have a good chance!!)
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Little Palm Island
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Little Palm Island
Run Forrest Run $$$$$$$$$$$$$

I was there approx 3 months ago just for dinner, 6 of us= $1K+
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This is booked!! So that option is out!!
Ask to speak with Carol, owner. She can usually make it happen.
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Holy Chit - very nice place but a wee bit out of my price range!!
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Fly in to Key West if you can. The drive down from Miami is not bad but if you are only going to be there a few days, don't burn a half day getting down there and then a half day driving back to Miami to turn in the car then getting back to the airport.
The trip out to Ft Jefferson, Dry Tortugas is a day trip that will be well worth it. For any first time KW visitors, you got to see it.
No matter where you stay, make sure you are within walking distance to Duval St.. Sloppy Joe's and Hogs Breath are cool but there are some other great ones. Then make your way to the end to watch the sunset, then make your way back and hit your favorite ones again.
If you want to fish, do some research for what you want. Half day, full day, bottom fishing, trolling, party boat.
Plenty to do when you get there, you will see.
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Old 08-31-2011, 09:36 PM
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I stay in Islamorada and rent a house every year. This place is a gated community and has it's own marina and beach

http://www.cyberrentals.com/rental/p186650

There are other smaller units in Anglers Reef for rent as well.

http://www.homeaway.ca/cottage-rental/p267141

http://www.cyberrentals.com/rental/p220629

This is low season. The keys are empty this time of the year. School is back in session. It's really relaxing this time of the year.
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Old 08-31-2011, 10:20 PM
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Port monster, you can now give me some advice since my first trip is only 2 weeks after yours.

I'm looking at vacationrentalskeywest and a few places in Truman annex. It's an all guys trip, so I could care less where we stay.

I've heard pepe is the man too see in kw when it comes to fishing, just do a quick Google search.

Good luck!
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So, after some research we went with the Gardens Hotel in Key West. Reviews are great - the price decent - seems to have great atmosphere and is centrally located. We decided not to fly into Miami and drive as it would have cost more for the rental car and we did not think we would be in the mood to sit in a car for 3 hours after being on a plane for 5. Plus - she said she would be into a fishing trip while we were down there so I wasn't going to push the driving thing!!
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Old 09-01-2011, 04:38 AM
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There is SO much to see and do in the keys. The keys are MUCH more than Key West.

There is no reason that you need to sit in the car for 3 hours straight after the plane ride. The best trip that I ever took down the keys took 8 hours from MIA to Marathon. I had some really drunk passengers, that had eaten some terrific food as well.

Lots of great charter boat captains in the Marathon as well.
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