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BerneandGary
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Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice
      #1718458 - 01/09/17 03:11 PM (72.177.91.7)

Due to other family commitments, we do not have enough vacation days to make the trip to SXM - so we are going to use our vacation days to drive from Ft. Lauderdale to Key West & then back to Ft. Lauderdale in July - we would like to stay one or two nights on the way down and are looking for advice as to what keys/islands/cities to stop on, places to stay, places to eat, things we must see, etc. We are not looking for fancy - but we are looking for good seafood & good local bars. Also, we have been to Key West a few times on a cruise ship, so we know what we want to see there, but need advice on places to eat & places to stay. We are not interested in doing anything in the Ft. Lauderdale/Miami area, as we lived there for 12 years & have seen & done all we want in that area - we are looking for things between Marathon & Key West. Thank you in advance for your help.

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RickinAtlanta
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: BerneandGary]
      #1718472 - 01/09/17 03:42 PM (50.160.236.10)

We absolutely love Islamorada! We just stayed at The Drop Anchor Resort in November and will be back there often. Look at their website and make your own judgement. Go to the Island Grill for awesome Tuna Nachos, burgers, etc. Drive south about three miles (?) ( address is 77522 ) and just over one of the bridges you'll see a place called Robbie's on the right which we really enjoyed as well. Tableside at the water and docks, watch Manatees and Tarpon, great food/drink. LOTS of unique arts/craft stands all over. Don't miss Lorelie's for a sunset either.

Edited by RickinAtlanta (01/09/17 03:45 PM)


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BerneandGary
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: RickinAtlanta]
      #1718475 - 01/09/17 03:49 PM (72.177.91.7)

Thanks - that is exactly the kind of info we are looking for.

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irina
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: BerneandGary]
      #1718652 - 01/10/17 04:15 PM (162.216.198.82)

Oh yes, Lorelie's is great. We stayed at The Islander.
There is a great restaurant nearby, Chef Michael's. Excellent, can't recommend enough. Or you can grill your own at Islander. They have grills all around the property.
Key Largo we like Mrs Mac's Kitchen. The old little one on the bay side of the road.
Cheers
irina


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RickinAtlanta
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: irina]
      #1718686 - 01/10/17 10:24 PM (50.160.236.10)

Drop Anchor also has 6 Weber grills for use. There are several seafood markets you can buy fish from to grill.

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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: RickinAtlanta]
      #1719860 - 01/19/17 08:48 PM (76.18.232.162)

BEERMAN did his normal great trip report a few years ago on same, including red Mustang convertible! Search to find.

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jimnjudy
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: jphart]
      #1722062 - 02/06/17 09:13 AM (208.72.123.113)

We vote for Mrs. Macs kitchen as well and if you stop at a tourist welcome station at the top of the Keys on your way down you will often find discount coupons..including Mrs. Macs. There are also shell shops in the mid to lower Keys that have not only unique shells but great gifts as well.
As for Key West..park the car in an off main street ( Duval) parking lot and walk through the downtown area. You may be followed by a beautiful rooster looking for handouts. A trip to Key West isn't complete without quaffing a few at Sloppy Joes and they have a small souvenir shop as well. Be advised that the Sloppy Joes on Duval is NOT the original..it's around the corner on a side street. In Mallory Square there are lots of shops and don't miss the Aquarium and the Sandal factory. Once back in the car you may want to tour little Havana..an area of Key West with original Cuban style cottages/homes built by Cubans who settled in Key West in the fifties. And don't miss mile marker # 1.


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jimnjudy
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: jimnjudy]
      #1722063 - 02/06/17 09:15 AM (208.72.123.113)

Forgot...somewhere around Islamorada is the original African Queen...totally restored and you can book a trip on a very historic boat..you may have to explain to the kids what the boat is all about...

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BerneandGary
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: jimnjudy]
      #1722177 - 02/06/17 09:15 PM (72.177.91.7)

Thank you for the recommendation on Mrs. Mac's kitchen - we are planning on spending 2 nights in Islamorada & 3 nights in Key West. We have been to Key West several times & plan on spending time at several of our favorite bars (Hog's Breath, Captain Tony's & Smokin Tuna to name a few) while there. We are renting at a bed & breakfast a few blocks off Duval. Thanks for the info & tip on getting coupons!

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irina
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Re: Ft. Lauderdale to Key West - Need Advice [Re: jimnjudy]
      #1722396 - 02/08/17 03:50 PM (162.216.198.82)

Oh yea, the African Queen is in Key Largo at Holiday Inn.
Near Diver's Direct.
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irina


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