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Old 03-03-2012, 08:58 PM
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Hi,
We're taking the family and boat to the lower keys for a few days here soon. Kids (9 and under). We're be staying just outside Key West and are looking for any good restaurants say between Cudjoe Key and Key West. I don't see myself driving all though Key West unless there's one I can't miss.
Also, are there any good sand bars down there where I can take the kids to chill.
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Old 03-03-2012, 09:11 PM
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The best sand bar hangout is at the Tiki bar
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Old 03-04-2012, 07:51 AM
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We went into Key West parked and walked around, there's much to see. We had the most fun at Sloppy Joe's but that was music and alcohol fun :-) Make sure you get a photo of this with your family:
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Around mile marker 25 are a few places we ate at when there in October...

The Wharf Bar and Grill as well as The Galley Grill both stood out as good food at reasonable prices...Galley was breakfast and lunch only, but good...large porttions.

A little farther up around Marathon was Island Fish Co..
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Some of the best sand bars are on the Gulf side like Snipes Key. Picnic Island is off Little Palm Island ocean side . Boondocks (Huge Tiki bar) has a killer miniature golf course. They are at mile marker 27.5 Bay side Ramrod Key.
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Agree with triumphrick ref. the Galley Grill. Its on Summerland Key. On Cudjoe (pretty sure it was Cudjoe) the Square Grouper was an excellent restaurant. A little pricy but outstanding food.
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Square Grouper is a must!
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Not sure if its still there, but Mangrove Mama's on Sugarloaf was always really good.
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The Square Grouper is probably my favorite restaurant in the keys. totally worth the drive.
Hogfish on Stock Island is a cool place.
No Name Pub is always an option, too.


Sandbars -- Snipes Point, Mud Keys, Marvin Key, Boca Grande
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Geiger Key Marina. A little hard to find but well worth it. Got food and reasonable prices. The kids would even enjoy it.
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Thanks all!!
Thanks for the restaurant help.
I found all the sand bars except Boca Grande. Is that one near Mud and Snipes? Are there any issues with being on the sand bars or do you have to remain in the water due to protections?
Also is that water north of Boca Chica and NE of Key West navigable towards the sand bars? Looks awful shallow. I'll have my boat as the NAS there and hope I can sneak out the cut between Boca Chica and Key west, although there is no channel. I need 3 feet to run safe.
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Originally Posted by ZENFOLD View Post
Geiger Key Marina. A little hard to find but well worth it. Got food and reasonable prices. The kids would even enjoy it.
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I was gonna recommend it, but I couldn't remember the name
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And don't forget the Rusty Anchor on Stock Island.

Patty and Ramon have been serving it up since the early 80's. And the Stone Crab will be "in season"...

jburban: Are you launching out of Sigsbee or Boca Chica?
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x2 No Name for pizza...the kids may even see a key deer or two on the ride there.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:58 PM
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I plan to launch at Boca Chika and moor up there at the NAS. Just wondering about the water depth north of Boca and Stock on the way to the sand bars.
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Boca Grande is west of Key West. Very last island before jumping over to the Marquesas.

The water just north of Boca Chica bridge, what I call "the bay" is good, but once you get north of the power poles, you would need local knowledge to navigate. It is possible to run to Snipes and Marvin, I do it all of the time, but the little cuts and channels are marked by homemade poles and stakes. You could always run out Calda Channel north and then turn east and run on the "outside" all the way up to Snipes.

What boat will you be running?
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In old town KW go to the Eat Em Raw Bar and right nearby is BO's fish wagon stop by for a KILLER grouper sandwich.
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