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Old 09-20-2016, 02:42 PM
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Initial planning stage of a trip down to the Keys (which I know nothing about) with a fishing buddy and the Admirals.

If you had about 4 days to burn in April where would you go?

Taking into account facilities/hotel, shopping, (for the ladies) restaurants and at least a 4 hour charter to stretch a line.

Do you make the run to Key West or stop short for something better?

Thanks for any suggestions.
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I would take the ladies to Key West if your budget will let you do that given the kind of place the ladies need to sleep. (5 star Hotels are pretty expensive there). Unless your ladies are like one of my Georgia buddies and "mad mountain Mullens" types they might find the rest of the keys not so great. (I spend a lot of time without my lady diving and fishing in the Key Largo area). My lady gets seasick and hates to get up early to go fishing or diving.

My lady likes the Conch Train in Key West, the beach at Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park is a pretty nice beach, which there aren't a whole lot of in the Keys. If you like to snorkle Ft. Zachary is pretty nice for that too. Walking Duval Street is a treat for the ladies also.
My lady likes touring the old houses in Key West. The aquarium is nice also. The sunset at Mallory Square is different and memorable.

I haven't taken a charter with Piner Wahoo who posts on here but he is friendly and seems to catch fish.
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Yep ,. Watch the sunset .Duval streets cool.Jimmy's margarettaville,and Hemingways ,and Mel fishers Museum .Real GOLD ,and treasure.Nice jewelry store inside with Pc's of 8 for sale ,and other nice stuff ,fairly expensive to real expensive.Did you know for 12k ,you can buy a share of what they're still hunting for.You can check it out online too.
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Went to Key West a couple years ago for our 30th. Lobster and Vincent summed it up pretty good. Word of caution. Don't go into Mel Fisher's store after 14 mango daiquiris. On the other hand, it did make the trip more enjoyable.

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Stay at Hawks Cay and take a drive to Key West. Dinner at Louie's Backyard and shopping on Duval. For a charter, I've heard good things about Kevin Johnsen, although I've never chartered him myself. http://floridakeysreeladventures.com/
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Stay at Key West, recommend the Pier House hotel. It is right on the ocean, and has a private beach, one block from Duval. Plenty of shopping along Duval etc, and the Duval Crawl at night. At the harbor (A&B Marina) there are plenty of charter boats, just a short walk from the hotel. Also the Boat House for Happy Hour (under the Commodore).
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Outer Limits is the charter I went on in May-Capt Miller,and I caught 6 mahi(2 were schoolies ,others cows,and 1 22lb snowy grouper.Nice it's a full day,but $1100.00+ tip.
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I am sort of interested in astronomy. It looks like in April your chances for seeing the Southern Cross are about the best you are going to do in Key West. If you have any interest there are a number of places on the internet that tell you how to find it.

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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
Went to Key West a couple years ago for our 30th. Lobster and Vincent summed it up pretty good. Word of caution. Don't go into Mel Fisher's store after 14 mango daiquiris. On the other hand, it did make the trip more enjoyable.


Man those were some expensive daiquiris!
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March and April tend to be windy. Keep that in Mind.
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Thanks for the input guys.
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most hotels are still charging the winter rate in April. If your schedule is flexible check dates in May and you'll see the rates drop considerably.
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Originally Posted by El Faster View Post
March and April tend to be windy. Keep that in Mind.
Sometimes I have experienced the "in like a lion, out like a lamb" with the March winds and have some good April days. But you are right, April and even May or any given 4 days any month can be windy.

Too bad you aren't planning to go this Friday and Saturday. I am looking at 5 knot knot wind forecast for North Key Largo both days.

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Read Carl Hiaasen's new book before you go. It's set in the Keys and KW.


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