Hi blog buds! OK, here’s the last recap from our trip. Thanks so much for following along – I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the sights! If you missed our other stops, check out Part One: Miami & Nassau and Part Two: CocoCay.
Our last port of call on the trip was Key West. And I was SUPER excited for this stop. No particular reason other than I’ve always thought the Florida Keys seemed like a neat place to visit.
Early risers again on this day, we were 3rd in line to get off the boat. Literally waiting for them to unhook the chain on the gangplank!
The first place you come to is pretty much Front Street and also Mallory Square. We got a ticket for a little trolley ride that would take us all around the island in 90 minutes, which was the perfect way to check out where we wanted to go after the tour was done.
Can you tell I’m excited for the trolley?
We spent the majority of our day touring up and down Duval Street and the blocks surrounding it.
We walked through the grounds of the oldest house on Key West.
We checked out the WILD ROOSTERS! There are hens and roosters all over the city.
Do you see the rooster in this one?
(He’s chilling in the shade between the two columns on the right side.)
We made up our own “Key Lime Crawl” of sorts and decided we’d try out the Key Lime Pies at different stops to see which one we liked best, as well as other Key Lime themed things.
A piece at the Key Lime Pie Company (they were featured on an episode of “Throwdown” with Bobby Flay. Rumor has it their pie beat his. It WAS darn tasty!)
Then we tried a piece at the Hog’s Breath Saloon.
We thought we liked this one better. Then funnily enough we learned that they source their pie from… Key West Lime Company! Ha ha!
Our neighbor said we had to hit up Sloppy Joe’s while there, which is a corner bar and restaurant.
But this time I ordered my Key Lime Pie in a liquid (and alcoholic) version. Cory’s drink in the background was Key West Lemonade.
I also got (and didn’t photograph) some Key Lime TAFFY! I thought I’d bring it home but it didn’t last an hour…!
Last but not least, I had to try something made with CONCH while on this trip. I chose to roll with a 3 pc fritter that came with Key Lime Aioli.
They were like crab cake balls with chewier seafood. But the aioli was AMAZING!
By this time, we’d had our FILL of anything even remotely lime.
We saw the southernmost point of the continental U.S.:
The Key West Lighthouse:
The restaurant owned by Kelly McGillis (from Top Gun):
We also walked by Ernest Hemingway’s house (although we didn’t do the tour):
And by Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville:
An old theater that was remodeled into a WALGREEN’S of all things!
And so much more! We walked our legs off that day. And ate SO MUCH FOOD! We got back to the boat in the late afternoon, had a “mango cooler” in the air conditioned lounge…
… and played hookey from the fancy dinner…
…so that we could sail off into the sunset! (OK, in our case, we were sailing AWAY from the sunset!)
We had such a nice time on our vacation. And it will most likely be our 15th anniversary before we do another one like this! Every five years seems to be the trend!
Today’s topic: What is your favorite KEY LIME food? If you’re a Key Lime pie lover, where did you have your favorite piece?
Have a wonderful day everyone!