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Key West (and Southern Florida): A truly relaxing honeymoon

Key West, FL, United States
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Before our wedding, we debated endlessly about where to honeymoon. As travelers, we were in such a mindset that our honeymoon had to be EPIC and we went back and forth between Greece, Japan, Easter Island, Australia... etc. We couldn't pick. Finally, we just decided to let it all go. When it comes to travel, I am type A. I try to go with the flow, but I'm always stocked with my guidebook, itineraries, printed confirmations.. the whole 9 yards.. and frankly planning an island hopping excursion to Greece just seemed to be too much on top of wedding planning. So we picked Key West and it was PERFECT. No currency to exchange, no passports to juggle or language barriers. A quick 2 hour flight and we were able to relax and enjoy being together.
We flew into Fort Lauderdale and spent the first night at the Westin Beach Resort on N Ft Lauderdale Rd. I couldn't speak any higher of the service we received and the perfect location. Beach directly across the street and the FANTASTIC Casablanca Cafe where I had the best scallops of my life. The next day we drove down Highway 1 to Key West. WHAT A DRIVE. Incredible views and tons of fantastic seafood stops along the way.
In Key West we spent 3 nights at the Casa Marina Resort. Amazing pool, gorgeous views of the ocean and just quality service. We rented bikes and spent the days exploring the area and the nights exploring the bars on Duval. We saw Ernest Hemingway's House, took a day trip to the FANTASTIC Dry Tortugas/Fort Jefferson (I'm going to write a separate post about this incredible day trip) and tried to eat our weight in conch fritters.
We then drove back up Highway 1 spending on night in Marathon, FL. We went for a run on Seven Mile Bridge and toured the Turtle Hospital (Great for kids and adults!). We also dined on the infamous lobster reubans from Key Fisheries Market. SO GOOD.
Our last few days were spent back in Fort Lauderdale. We stayed at the same Westin hotel because we adored it during our first night and spent the days on the beach, eating more conch fritters and seafood (including the amazing fish burrito with mango creme at Pelican Landing).
Our trip was hassle free, relaxing and everything we could have imagined. If you are a frequent traveler, my best advice is don't stress yourself about making your honeymoon something that others are going to envy or crossing off your bucket list. Less is more and staying domestic allowed us to relax while still exploring and actually enjoy the most of each other's company. Plus we are hoping to plan a 5 year anniversary party in Key West and invite our family and friends along. An easy travel destination means even when we are old and grey, Key West is place we can always revisit.

And for those who love food-crawling as much as I do:

Courtney's Official Conch Fritter Rankings:
1. Alabama Jack's - Key Largo
2. Island Fish Co - Marathon
3. Key West Original Conch Fritters Stand - Mallory Square, Key West
4. Half Shell Raw Bar - Key West
5. Atlantis/Beach Bunnies - Fort Lauderdale
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Bars and nightlife

Elbo Room
We had fun at the Elbo room, but it wasn't anything stand out to me. The best part of Elbo room, to us, was the location which was directly across from the beach and just down the street from our hotel at the Westin. Has all the standard drink choices, 2 levels and 3 bars. We were there pretty early and had a short wait to grab drinks and easily found a spot outside to sit. The music was good and as we were leaving it started to really pick up. I imagine this is quite crowded as the night gets later. Worth a stop on your Ft Lauderdale bar crawl!
Hog's Breath Saloon
Hog's Breath is one of my fuzzier memories of the night, so please pardon anything that doesn't check out factually ;)
I loved this place. It isn't a romantic date night type of place, but I think it sums up Key West and Duval Street quite nicely. Live music, loud, but friendly tourists and decent service. I could never handle this type of bar on a regular night, but in Key West this is exactly the kind of place to kick back and enjoy one or two or thirty rum runners :)
Sloppy Joe's
Sloppy Joe's is a must see for me in Key West. The history behind this bar is the coolest part about it, but the atmosphere itself is just very true to Key West. It is also in the heart of the bar district, so it was the good start to our bar crawl. We had great service here and even though we didn't stick around for the live music, we loved sipping our margaritas and people watching here.

For kids

Everglades Alligator Farm
Everglades Alligator Farm
It was hot as heck and we were partially driven crazy by these huge biting flies, but we still had a great time. I am a sucker for hokey touristy fun and this places is rank with hokey. We arrived right at noon and were able to witness feeding time. The bleachers were full so we had to stand, but we were right up against the fence and had a great view. Feeding time was really neat. They throw big ol' rats out to the gators. These gators aren't dumb. They know where they get fed so the feeding area is swamped (ha! get it?!) with DOZENS of huge gators. I want to say a hundred, but man, at least 50. Super neat! And seeing them fight for the rats and eat was cool to see! Next up was our airboat ride. I've never been on an airboat so this was neat to me too. If you have been on an airboat, you won't be too impressed. It was about 15 minutes, first snaking down a weeded path where we spotted a couple gators and then the driver ramps up the speed and does a few donuts that gets water in the boat and nice misty breeze on your face. You do get ear protection. I had fun on the boat too, but will admit I was nervous about the boat tipping during the donuts.. especially after seeing those gators snatch up those dead rats like freakin' Christmas morning candy not 10 minutes before. Yikes. We then scoped out the baby gator area. The gators are grouped by age and they are so tiny and so cute! They have little dispensers that you can buy gator snacks in and feed the babies and we thought that was fun. The snake show was up next, but the husband HATES snakes so we decided to skip and get a snack instead. We tried the gator bites which were fried and tasted good, but really just tasted like chewy fried breading. I did feel slightly bad wondering if I was eating a previous baby gator not unlike the ones I had just fed, but oh well.. when in the Everglades ;) We walked around a few of the trails only to find out the snake show was about to start again. We decided to brave the flies and check it out. It was fairly tame as was the gator show which followed. The same keeper who did every show was also the same keeper that fed the gators when we first arrived. It seems like only 3 people work here, but, I'm sure they just rotate. He was funny and is a spitting stereotype to the kind of guy you would expect to be working at a gator park (right down to his sleeveless t-shirt and ball cap). The snake show involved making people who hate snakes, hold snakes while spouting off a few facts and then the gator show had the keeper grab a gator and stick his chin on the gator's mouth. Not something you see everyday, but not something you would even pause for on TV. After the gator show, you do get to hold baby gators. This was a bit of CF as they basically just give the crowd 2 babies and let them go to town and pass them around. I got my photo op and got to feel how squishy they are and then we headed out. It was a super neat stop on our road trip from Key West to Fort Lauderdale and I would recommend it to anyone not from the area... but if you are from Florida I imagine you've seen a million things like this before.

Hotels

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Marathon
What a great spot to stay! We stayed here one night on our honeymoon during our drive back to Fort Lauderdale from Key West and I am so happy with our choice. The hotel is very new and very clean. There is plenty of parking and the room was HUGE and very updated. We honestly thought it was a nicer physical room than we had at the Waldorf in Key West based on size and the bathroom (but don't get me wrong, the Waldorf was amazing). We did have a view of the pool and channel, but it was mostly obstructed by trees (but you don't pick Holiday Inn for the views!). Staff was very friendly at check-in and the room also included a mini fridge. We also had PLENTY to do in Marathon. We spent the day at Bahia Honda and then took a tour of the Turtle Hospital. We ate at Keys Fisheries Market which we HIGHLY recommend. We didn't eat at the restaurant at the Holiday Inn, but it looked nice with outdoor patio seating. We did, however, LOVE the restaurant across the street: Island Fish Company. You can read my review of it there, but it had some of the BEST conch fritters and great prices. The next day we went for a run on 7 Mile Bridge. I would definitely stay here again. Great price for great service and a nice clean room. The pool is decently sized as well and faces the channel.
Casa Marina, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
We stayed here while in Key West for our honeymoon. We loved our stay here! The rooms were very clean, however, I do wish the rooms had carpet. I get that it is Florida, but I hated the cold feeling all of the time. The bed and pillows were fantastic though! The best sleep we had all trip! The hotel was a bit of a walk to Duval Street, but through a populated area and not bad at all. We also rented bikes through the hotel and rode down there a few times which we liked. One of my complaints is that there is no way to get food from the hotel after 11pm. Seriously? The front desk gave us the number for a pizza place, but it took so long that we fell asleep and missed the pizza. Whoops. We also really liked the beach area and the dock. Loved spending the day on the beach chairs under the umbrella. There was a waiter serving the area and it might have been my favorite day of vacation. The pool area was also very clean, not terribly overrun with kids and the bar area had great service. We did encounter a really rude valet who yelled at us when we rode our bikes through the valet parking lot (which is on the way to the bike racks). He then went off on a rant about how bicyclist are rude and dangerous, which to us, as avid bikers was less insulting and more laughable about what an idiot he was. We complained to the manager because he followed us inside the hotel lobby still ranting and we got free breakfast buffet because of our complaint. While the breakfast was given to us on bad terms, it was really good! $$$ normally, but the waffles were the best I've had and we also really enjoyed the smoked salmon and eggs. It had a wide selection. Overall we had a really nice time and the hotel is very beautiful. When we return to Key West, I might consider another hotel just because it didn't outshine my expectations and I think we could do better, but I wouldn't dissuade someone from staying here.
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
The Westin Beach Resort & Spa, Fort Lauderdale
I LOVED our stay at the Westin. We spent a Monday night here, drove down to the Keys for a few days and then came back and stayed a Friday and Saturday night.. so 3 nights total. On our check-in on Monday night, the manager Courtney, was extremely friendly. We were on our honeymoon and she surprised us with a card, champagne and strawberries when we checked back in on Friday. Very thoughtful. I also loved the beautiful rooms. I'm trying to find where I can buy the blue coral chaise that is in the rooms because it was just SO comfortable. Anyway, the rooms were very clean and quiet. The bathrooms do have a sliding door, but the showerhead is a cascading one and SO worth the night's stay alone! We had full ocean front rooms and they had incredible views (see the photos I posted). It was also so convenient to get to the beach and a huge bonus that the beach in front of the hotel is substantially less crowded than then public beach further south. The pool was very nice as well, but we only spent about an hour there. Lots and lots of chairs by the pool, but I do wish there was more by the beach. We waited a long time for a chair and finally gave up. The Waves bar was nice and had a really good Miami Vice (half pina, half strawberry daq). (See my review for the sushi restaurant separately). We also ordered room service and it wasn't nearly as astronomically priced as I would have thought. We LOVED the congee (we were originally told they didn't have it, but then they brought it to us anyway on the house) and also really enjoyed the citrus pancakes.
I would stay here again in a heartbeat. A great deal and we had a much better time here than at our "splurge" hotel in the Keys. Fantastic service, gorgeous rooms and a better view! Can't wait to come back for our anniversary! And if someone reads this, tell me where I can buy that chaise!!

Points of interest

Mallory Square
Mallory Square
Mallory Square is a must-see in Key West at sunset. We spent the time up until sunset at the El Meson de Pepe bar which is outside. As we were drinking, we watched the vendors getting their shops set up and more and more people starting to meander over. As sunset, the area was a bit crowded, but we had no issues getting our photo taken. After the sunset, we walked around looking at the vendors, tasting the #3 best conch fritters of the trip at the Key West Original Conch Fritters Stand and watching a show with cats performing tricks :) Depending on your mood you could easily spend a few hours here people watching and relaxing. A must see!
Bahia Honda State Park
It is hard to hate on a state park, but the bar was set too high for this one based on reviews. We walked out on the old pier and that was neat to look down into the water and watch the boats and look for wildlife. When we tried the East beaches, there was just no clear sand to sit in. Seaweed and branches everywhere. The West side was better suited for getting into the water and we did see quite a few crabs and other wildlife which was neat, but it still didn't compare to the beauty that we saw in Key West. It was a very quiet park. There were more kids on the west side (obviously because the swimming is better and the concessions are closer), but it was still a nice place to spend the afternoon. It is true that it wasn't very sunny for our time there so perhaps some sunshine would have made it better. I'd check it out again sometime, but it certainly wasn't the among my top beaches list.
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Hemingway House is everything I love about exploring new places: History, warm weather and CATS. Yeah, the entrance fee is a little steep... but I had a great time exploring the house and taking the tour. If you skip the tour you are seriously missing out. It isn't very long and they point out a ton of interesting information about the house and about Hemingway that you wouldn't know just by perusing the building. I shamefully have never read any of Hemingway's books, but I did read The Paris Wife which is a historical novel based on the life of his first wife. From that perspective, I found the additional information about Hemingway incredibly interesting.. and after reading The Paris Wife, I always thought he was a dick.. the tour guide doesn't necessarily disagree ;) I adored the cats at every turn, it was fun trying to spot them attempting to find a cool place to hang out as the house does not have AC. I love the architecture of the building (something you would never see in Kansas City) and while the cat cemetery was equally creepy and charming, it added to the uniqueness of the visit. All said the tour and exploring took about an hour. Your bar tab will be more than that in an hour so consider it a frugal investment and check the place out!
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas National Park
Dry Tortugas is like a place you would watch on the Travel Channel, but with the nice twist of being able to afford it. Gorgeous beaches, historic buildings empty and ready to be explored and views that go on for miles and miles with nothing else in sight. The husband has talked about Dry Tortugas for years and I always thought we had to camp here, so I never gave it much thought... wrong! We ended up planning our honeymoon around this destination and it really was the highlight of our trip! We took the Yankee Freedom III and when we arrived we decided to skip the guided tour. Normally I love taking the tour and the husband usually resists at first and then ends up agreeing that the tour was worth it, but in this case since this was "his" dream destination, I let him make the call. We skipped the tour and while I can't speak to it (who knows, maybe it was amazing), it was such a neat experience not being with the group. Almost everyone on the boat took the tour which left basically the entire fort to ourselves. We got to wander the levels and buildings and take photos without a single other soul in any of them. It added immensely to the desolate and isolated feeling to the island. A very cool experience. After lunch on the boat, we decided to try the snorkeling. The snorkeling here is what other people would call incredible. Tons of fish and wildlife. I saw a crab that was neat and then some fish that were kinda pretty.. and then some fish that touched me. The husband pointed out some baby barracudas... and a jellyfish.. and yep, that's enough for me. I'm out. I have to admit, the scenic views of pure nothingness that stretched on for miles and miles and miles was gorgeous when I was safe on top of that fort... but when I was in the water I got pretty panicky knowing there was no barrier between me and 10000000000000 blood-thirsty sharks. When we started to swim around the fort where there is nothing, but old brick on one side and miles and miles and miles of open sea on the other.. yeah, that reminded me how much I wanted to work on my tan. I wish I was less of a wimp, but it was just as much fun to lay on the sand soaking in the sun and walking the entire perimeter of the moat as it was for husband to keep on snorkeling away. So, if you don't like snorkeling, this is still a completely worthwhile adventure. Hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever been!

Restaurants

Coconuts
We had a great time at Coconuts, but I just wasn't crazy about the food. The beer we ordered was great and the sangria was very good and the food was good too, but just "good".
We ordered the jerk chicken wings and they weren't too spicy hot for me. They were messy, but had good flavor and a lot of meat to them. I also really liked the parmasean garlic ranch they came with, it mixed well with their grilled flavor. I would get those again. We then split the fish tacos with the deviled eggs as the side. The eggs were really good! Very flavorful and lots of paprika! The fish tacos were very good, but honestly I was expecting a little more based on the reviews. The order comes with 2 of them and they are quite large. They had fresh avocado on them, but otherwise I honestly felt like the quality is something I could find in my hometown of KC... and if Kansas City can replicate fish tacos of Ft Lauderdale... yikes! However, it is worth noting that the husband really liked them.. so maybe I'm being too picky :) The service, however, was very nice and it was a decent place to watch the sunset. Prices were also reasonable.
Deck Restaurant & Bar
The food was decent.. but I mean, can you really mess up breakfast food? The eggs benedict were good and the pancakes were solid. The service was very friendly, but the best part was the view. A great spot to overlook the ocean and just sit outside and feel the breeze. I don't think I'd be back, but it was a solid spot for our first morning in Ft Lauderdale.
Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe
I am just not a key lime pie fan. I was hoping to have an epiphany once I tried Kermit's, but nope. It was a very nice slice of pie, but just not phenomenal to me. We also tried the chocolate dipped Key Lime pie on a stick and this was okay. It was messy to eat.. but what I really did like about Kermit's is that they have a TON of other products and samples inside of the store besides just pie. We sampled a lot of salsas and sauces that incorporate key lime and I bought cookies as souvenirs for everyone back home (because all anyone ever really wants is FOOD!). This is definitely a great stop even if you aren't a fan of the pie :)
Conch Republic Seafood Restaurant
Loved the cracked conch here. We just stopped in for a few drinks, but ended up seeing this on the menu and just had to try. I adore conch fritters and you can see my top conch fritters list on other Key West reviews, but the cracked conch was way better! It is basically just breaded and fried conch (like popcorn shrimp.. but conch) instead of minced and put into a ball of dough. The dipping sauce was also spot on and perfect. We tried a few local brews (a solid selection) and enjoyed our time here. We just sat at the bar, but it was still great service. I would come back here for the cracked conch!
Half Shell Raw Bar
Half Shell was one of our last stops in Key West. We really enjoyed the raw oysters here. We ordered the Raw Bar sampler with some clams, oysters and shrimp and of course the conch fritters. Sadly, the conch fritters weren't worth mentioning. They ranked 2nd to last on my list, but we really enjoyed the raw items. We had great seats right along the water and had great service here. It is a good stop, but I'd skip the food typical food here and enjoy yourself with drinks and oysters instead.

Courtney's Official Conch Fritter Rankings:
1. Alabama Jack's - Key Largo
2. Island Fish Co - Marathon
3. Key West Original Conch Fritters Stand - Mallory Square, Key West
4. Half Shell Raw Bar - Key West
5. Atlantis/Beach Bunnies - Fort Lauderdale
Alabama Jacks
Whenever we go on vacation, I buy a travel book. With the advent of Yelp, it has been less than necessary, but I still like to read about the history of where we are. Driving down from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, I read about this in the travel book and forced the husband (who had only been my husband for about a day, so I still had a lot of pull) to drive 15-20 minutes off of highway 1 to take me here. It was totally worth it and an awesome introduction to food of the Keys. Since before we had planned our trip I was obsessed with trying Conch Fritters. I read about them online and we get very little (i.e. zero) conch in Kansas City so I was so excited to try! You can see my official ranking below, but Alabama Jack's popped my conch fritter cherry and well, still holds the number one place in my heart. These fritters are more like conch potato pancakes and not in ball form. Very well done and tons of conch in them. We actually ordered the sampler which was conch fritters, crab cakes and fish sticks and came with two sides (we got onion rings and fries). The husband really liked the crab cakes, but the fish sticks were decent. The onion rings were really good, but the fries were just fries. We also ordered the conch salad and we really enjoyed that as well. Like a conch pico de gallo, but I believe the conch was cooked and not ceviche. We were tempted to stop a few days later on our way back to Fort Lauderdale as well, but the place is about 15 - 20 minutes off of highway 1 so we passed. It is worth the drive once though! And it is a fun place to be. The service was great and it sits on a patio over a channel. You can feed fish through the planks in the deck.

Courtney's Official Conch Fritter Rankings:
1. Alabama Jack's - Key Largo
2. Island Fish Co - Marathon
3. Key West Original Conch Fritters Stand - Mallory Square, Key West
4. Half Shell Raw Bar - Key West
5. Atlantis/Beach Bunnies - Fort Lauderdale
Pelican Landing
Pelican Landing
THIS!!! THIS is why I Yelp!
The husband and I were going back and forth trying to find a place to eat for dinner. We didn't want anything too expensive so I was scrolling through Yelp and he was scrolling through Google reviews. I stumbled upon Pelican Landing and he couldn't even find it on Google reviews, so he was skeptical. I talked him into it and we took a taxi to the Hyatt Pier 66. Then we walked and followed more signs and walked and walked and found ourselves out on a Pier way off of the street... clearly something we would have NEVER found on our own, but with good views. We sat down and this place is clearly a hotel bar for the Hyatt. We sat inside because there wasn't any shade outside and within moments it was HOT and sweaty. No breeze inside. There was also an obnoxious birthday party for someone in their 30s going on and a fairly loud guitarist.. not shaping up well. It looked like Yelp was about to fail me. However.... then the clouds parted and gods of Yelped shined down to restore my faith in all things Yelp-y. We ordered the ceviche. The ceviche itself was really good. Not the best ever... but very good with lots of shrimp. However, the plantain chips served with the ceviche were the best! Salted to perfection. Crispy. I am SO trying to make these at home. SO good. Things were starting to look up. We ordered some more beers and then decided to split the fish burrito with mango creme. This was the worst decision of my life.. and by that I mean SHARING IT was the worst decision of my life. IT WAS INCREDIBLE. The fish was grilled to perfection and the mango creme sauce was just stupid delicious. This will sound weird, but it kinda tasted like buttered popcorn, but mango.. I realize that makes no sense, but PLEASE go try it and you will agree. The mango sauce is served on the side too for those concerned. Even though we split the entree, they served it to us on our own plates (awesome service) and thank god for that because it would have been a blood bath if we were trying to share the mango creme sauce or the burrito. It also came with a side of chips and guac on each plate. The chips were solid, but the guac was, I believe, was just Wholly Guacamole... so nothing stand out, but the focus was not on the guac. It was on the tortilla wrapped baby Jesus I was holding in my hands. This was an incredible meal. I will come back here next time we are in Fort Lauderdale, but for now this burrito will only be in my dreams.
The Island Fish Company & Tiki Bar
This was such a great find! We only stopped here because it was literally across the street from our hotel (Holiday Inn Marathon) and we wanted to be able to drink and not drive. We were really happy with the result! We arrived fairly early and snagged seats by the water. Our service was great and the food came quickly and the drinks came STRONG. We ordered the Baked Oyster combo which came with 2 oysters in 3 different flavors. These were great, but our favorites were the conch fritters. These were the 2nd best fritters we had on our trip. They were just very well prepared with a lot of conch and not completely just dried out, overcooked dough. This place was a great surprise find on our trip.

Courtney's Official Conch Fritter Rankings:
1. Alabama Jack's - Key Largo
2. Island Fish Co - Marathon
3. Key West Original Conch Fritters Stand - Mallory Square, Key West
4. Half Shell Raw Bar - Key West
5. Atlantis/Beach Bunnies - Fort Lauderdale

Overall Marathon was a great key to spend the night in. We were worried that we would be a bit bored, but it was a lot of fun. We stopped at:
Turtle Hospital
Went for a run on 7 Mile Bridge to Pigeon Key
Key Fisheries Market for the Lobster Reuben
Stayed at the Holiday Inn Marathon (small pool, but brand new and great rooms.. plus it has a restaurant there and is literally RIGHT across the street from here, Island Fish Co).
Casablanca Cafe
This was such a special experience. After a few flight delays, we had finally landed in Ft Lauderdale and we were starving. We stayed at the Westin which is just a mere block away and when scrolling through Yelp for a place to eat, we came across Casablanca Cafe. The most romantic restaurant in FTL? We walked up and the outside was freakin' packed. Romantic? I don't think so. We asked how long the wait was only to find out that if we wanted to eat inside, there wasn't one. Neat! It was dark anyway so we couldn't see the ocean if we wanted to. We were seated next to the fireplace and it happened... everything just kinda slunk away. The room was pretty loud, there was live dueling pianos going on, but somehow the dark room, the candlelight and the fireplace just had the absolute perfect ambiance. It kinda hit us then... this was the first night of our honeymoon.. could anything be more perfect? The answer: YES. And that perfection is called the scallops, but I'll get back to those. We ordered drinks and ceviche to start off the night. Service was really friendly and everything came out quickly. The husband declared this ceviche the best he has ever had... and this coming from the guy who has been holding legendary Ecuadorian ceviche over my head for the past 10 years. Needless to say, it was good. I've also never had ceviche with plantain chips, but now I don't want to have any without! (that's a lie, I'd eat ceviche with a bladed spoon if i had to, love it). Anyway, I ordered the scallops and dear God, this is the best meal I have literally ever had. The scallops were so juicy. So well-prepared and just so fresh... then dipped in a pool of orange caramel glaze... I'm drooling remembering this meal and I will have probably booked a flight back by the time you read this. The caramel glaze was insanely good. I savored my scallops, but you can bet I devoured those whipped potatoes while dipping them in the sauce as well in no time. The husband ordered the Thai curry. It was good, but he so lost. I gave up half a scallop to him which pretty much grants me a VIP pass to heaven.. which is good because I am now convinced that all the clouds that make up heaven are made out of Casablanca Cafe's sea scallops.

Sport

Seven Mile Bridge
Seven Mile Bridge
We spent one night in Marathon on our drive back up to Fort Lauderdale from Key West and after seeing people walking on Seven Mile Bridge on the way down we knew we had to use it for our morning run. Now the Seven Mile Historical Bridge is the dilapidated looking pedestrian ONLY bridge that runs alongside the US 1 (You can't actually drive on Seven Mile Bridge). It also USED to be Seven Miles long, but it is only about 2 miles to Pigeon Key and then the rest is not connected to the part you can still walk on. We arrived at about 7am and it was humid already. The run was spectacular... I mean, coming from Kansas City, we don't get too many water views on our morning run and this was such a fun, new experience. Would stop every so often to look down and try to spot some turtles or sharks, but really only saw some birds and bigger fish. Once we got to Pigeon Key we took some photos, but we didn't pay admission to the Key so we didn't explore. Bummer though because it sounds like we missed out on some neat history of the railroad... oh well! Anyway, it was the perfect start to the day and ended up being about 4 miles to Pigeon Key and back.

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