Hall’s Explorer Sub

IMG_1721WOW, have you ever wanted to be submerged below the ocean’s depths in a real submarine? Well then, have I got the blog for you!

Seen here is a dive center’s explorer sub parked out from of their business. Though it’s compact and seen here folded up ready for transport to someone’s next adventure, you can inquire within about the costs and timeframe to see if it’s convenient for your vacation.

You can find this compact sub in front of Hall’s Diving Center at Mile Marker 49.8 bayside across the street from the big veterinary building mural.

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Where Are KW’s FREE Public Restrooms?

Believe it or not, two of the biggest complaints I hear about Key West are the lack of free public parking along with the scarcity of public restrooms. I’ve blogged on the parking problems giving some FREE help on curing your automotive parking concerns. Now it’s time to tackle the restroom problems.

Here are the three busiest sections of town and where to cure your bodily needs in each. The first (upper left) is the largest and CLEANEST by far, it’s located on the ocean in the section of town called ‘Harbor Walk’. The second (pictured below) is the oldest, most used and least clean of all public restrooms and can be found in the busiest section of town called ‘Mallory Square’. The third (not pictured) is your typical beach restroom complete with a shower nozzle to wash off the sand from your body after a day at the beach and can be found at Higgs Beach. True, there’s more but that’s for another blog!

There you have it, the three busiest most attended areas of town with their respective FREE restrooms. Most business on Duval Street including national fast food chains like Wendy’s ONLY allow paying customers to use their restrooms. Even though I want to write more, I must stop now because… I must go and find a FREE restroom! 🙂

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Key’s MOST Popular Drink: Piña Colada

It’s great having your own blog not being tied down to any one topic or attraction. Today we explore something near and dear to my heart and stomach. One of the Florida Keys most popular alcoholic drinks is the World-Famous Piña Colada. Which just so happens to be our drink of choice when we’re in the Keys… “We call it our daily reward!”. 🙂

Doesn’t this bring back memories of that Rupert Holmes song from 1979 called Escape, better known as “The Piña Colada Song”. The only words I can remember are “If you like Piña Coladas and getting caught in the rain”… and so on and so on. That’s a song you either love or hate, there’s no in-between. With that said, here’s a toast to one of the Florida Keys most popular mouth-watering thirst-quenching drinks that you too can experience on your next visit to the Keys located at Mile Marker anywhere. 🙂

P.S. – I’ve been asked MANY times “How come you never show a picture of you?”. Well, today I break that rule… that’s 100% my hand on the left! And there you have it, a photo of your illustrious blogger himself! Hey, at least the drinks attractive! 🙂

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The Hurricane Proof Sweeting House!

IMG_0912HURRICANE PROOF HOME!

The great Labor Day hurricane of September 2nd 1935 destroyed almost every building on both Upper Matecumbe and Lower Matecumbe Keys. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) and the Red Cross built hurricane proof houses for the families whose homes were destroyed. The walls were 12″ thick with steel and poured concrete. The Sweetings asked for a different type of structure, one with an apartment on the second floor and a business room below. The building had two apartments, one in which they lived. And get this, in the back yard was a water tank, wash room and two bath houses all hurricane proof outside! 🙂

You can find this historical marker and home on US-1 at Mile Marker 81.5 oceanside. It’s 100% FREE to stop on by and look at it for yourself.

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Human-Sized Postcard

Key West PostcardThis is awesome! Send your friends and family a human-sized postcard from Key West! You may wait in a small line only 2 or 3 minutes with other couples or families but that’s it! So if you really want to impress them back at the office and make them jealous… then this is your photo!

If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ve noticed that a number of them have been from Harbor Walk which is on Key West’s northwestern side of town just 3 blocks northeast of Duval Street. This is an area that you must put on your list AFTER Duval Street… because you can’t go back to work without saying you walked up and down Duval Street.

The Cuban Coffee Queen where this human-sized postcard greeting is located has a uniquely equal poster pined to their door stating: “FREE COFFEE… all day tomorrow”! But don’t wait in line for the free coffee since in this case… tomorrow never comes. 🙂

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Key West High School’s Mural

8342851630_822603bff4_bWithout a doubt the biggest and BEST seashell mural in the entire Florida Keys!

I didn’t expect to find such an beautiful glowing piece of artwork at this particular location. Your eyes are drawn to it as you pull into the parking lot and begin focusing in on it as it as gets larger and more prominent. This ocean floor seascape is yet another masterpiece from artist extraordinaire O’Farrill who has done a number of murals throughout the Keys.

You can find the largest seashell mural in the Florida Keys located at the entrance to the Key West High School at 2100 Flagler Avenue in Key West.

PS – Please be sure to arrive before or after school hours or on a weekend so that you don’t disrupt the students daily grind. (my lawyer made me say that) 🙂

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Florida National High Adventure Sea Base

Have you ever wondered what the Florida Sea Base sign was for as you drove by it going towards Key West? Well I did, so I stopped in for a visit and ended up getting a personal guided tour out of it.

The Florida National High Adventure Sea Base is a program run by the Boy Scouts of America in the Florida Keys. The main Sea Base is located in Islamorada with other Florida Keys locations on Summerland Key and Big Munson Island.

The Florida Gateway High Adventure Base (as it was known then) opened on May 15, 1980 with 800 scouts attending the first summer. By 1982 the name was changed to the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base. In December 1982, the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America was given Big Munson Island from Homer Formby. Big Munson is an untouched, uninhabited island over 100 acres in size, located off Big Pine Key in the lower Keys now used for the Out Island Program. In 1984 the new Scuba pools were dedicated, and in 1987, more land was purchased for future expansion. The Sea Base Fleet of boats includes 16 26-foot Dusky drive boats, a 33-foot Dusky fishing boat, skiffs, dive boats and many charter sailboats. Motel style housing is available for scouts lucky enough to be chosen to attend this prestigious camp.

You can find this Boy Scout haven for high adventure at Mile Marker 73.8 bayside. Who knows, you too may get a FREE guided tour! 🙂

          

          

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