This is my 2nd time visiting Key West on a cruise. It’s such a charming and fun little island to visit. I ove the laid-back ambiance and the architecture is amazing…I’m just in love with the old houses that you see all over downtown or old town Key West.Last time we were here in November 2017 on Celebrity Reflection, we just got off the ship and walked around town. We went to the Hemingway House and had lunch at Sloppy Joe’s Bar, so those stops weren’t on our “bucket list” this time around.
Our friends had rented scooters for the day. We had booked a golf cart for 6 hours with Pirate Scooter Rental and only paid US$ 130. It was great having a vehicle to drive around in and we practically drove all over the island, which isn’t that big to begin with. The weather was gorgeous and the golf cart was comfortable … and fast.
We drove to the Southernmost Point where that monument is, but there was a long line of people waiting to have their picture taken in front of it. So we made a u-turn with the golf cart, parked on the side of the street and took a quick selfie with the monument in the background. I think it came out all right.
The drive along the waterfront was really pretty and we had to stop in several places that had mangrove by the coast in order for Mr. A to go check if there were any fish…
On the north side of the island, we drove on the highway, which was a little scary as the traffic was heavy and there were lots of trucks driving by us too… but we made it. There were some supermarkets (like Publix) and malls on that side of the island, so we stopped at Publix to get a few things.
We finally reached old town again where the pace was a little slower and there were a lot more tourists. It really did seem like scooter-bike-golf cart rentals is a big business in Key West. You’ll find so many places that offer them. We drove to the marina, parked the cart by the Western Union Schooner and walked along the pier. We ended up having lunch at a great restaurant called Turtle Kraals that had an upstairs bar with a beautiful view of the marina.
Mr. A got the bucket of bones (ribs), which he said was good but not super tender. The guacamole and nachos was a huge portion (to share), but needed so much of everything – salt, pepper, lime and cilantro to be really great. My Mahi Mahi tacos with yellow rice and black beans were excellent. The plate came with 3 tacos, but 2 were more than enough. I also ordered a mango mojito, but it wasn’t good at all (I’ve had much better ones elsewhere).
After lunch, we continued walking along the pier and Mr. A spotted a couple of HUGE tarpon fish swimming in the ocean… a few minutes further, a guy was cleaning fish on the pier and throwing scraps to a bunch of humongous tarpon fish that were waiting like dogs in the water to catch the scraps and fighting over every little piece. That was so fun to watch.
We had a slice of key lime pie for dessert from Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe and it was delicious… Whatever you do, you cannot come to Key West and not have a piece of key lime pie.
By 3 pm, we were pretty much done for the day and went back to drop off the golf cart and then headed back to the ship.
Key West is such a great place and I would definitely love to come back and stay for a few days.