Oceanic Painted Dive Center

Oceanic Painted Dive Center

This is one fantastic and beautifully painted building! You absolutely can’t miss it being smack dab in the middle of the divided road in Key Largo.

Located at Mile Marker 99.2 is this “In Your Face Oceanic Mural”! This is one place that you must stop your car and walk around this incredible 4-sided find… I assure you, this painted building is well worth several photographs!

For a fee, this PADI certified Dive Center can get you fixed up with the correct gear needed for an underwater adventure so that you can see the REAL LIFE equivalent of the paintings!

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Old Settlers Park

IMG_1382Looking for a nice family oriented oceanfront place to picnic? Here it is, complete with pavilion, oceanfront benches, field to toss a Frisbee, walking path, playground and just flat-out overall nice.

Oh yeah, while here check out the ‘History Of Tavernier Marker’ written about in yesterday’s blog that stands just in front of the park about 20 feet or so.

You can find Old Settlers Park on US-1 at Mile Marker 92.0 oceanside in the city of Tavernier.

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Key West BIG Chair NOT IN KEY WEST!

IMG_2213Believe me, there’s a number of these type of BIG chair photo-ops located throughout the Florida Keys. This is unique only in the sense that it says ‘Key West’ on it and therefore would make a great addition to your vacation photo album. There’s just one tiny itty-bitty problem… it’s NOT located in KEY WEST! :-)

Question: Would you stop at a photo-op Big Chair that said ‘Cow Key’? I didn’t think so, I wouldn’t either! So know you know why this shop chose to have Key West painted on it instead.

You can find this ‘Key West’ namesake BIG chair that’s NOT located in Key West at Mile Marker 4.5 oceanside on US-1 on Cow Key in front of the souvenir shop Sandal Outlet.

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Harbor Walk’s Dock Master

Dock Master Building / Harbor Walk

What is a Dock Master? Direct from Wikipedia Encyclopedia (though paraphrased by myself in human language): A fully qualified and experienced Master Mariner controlling shipping movement in and out of a busy dock. If several docks were within a single harbor then there too would be a Harbor Master overseeing all movements of the individual Dock Masters. In today’s lingo that’s called “Organized Crime”! :-) Some of the busiest Dock Masters in the world like London, England have as many as 360 staff members.

Located on the western part of town just 3 blocks north of Duval Street is what’s refered to as Harbor Walk. This is a pedestrian friendly shopping, dining & ocean watching hot spot for sure 2nd only to Mallory Square. You can find this at AB Marina in Key West on the south side of Harbor Walk beside the Conch Republic Seafood Company.

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Mellow Folk Welcome!

IMG_2249A greeting straight from the islands! It’s so laid back that it’s written in all lower case letters stating ‘mellow folk welcome’.

Island life is such a big part of the Florida Key’s mystique. Vacationers flock to the Keys in droves for a small sample of our laid back atmosphere, style & tradition. Here at this very tiny local watering hole across the street from a small trailer park you’ll find this great example of laid back expression seen hanging over its wooden arched gate. I love the Keys and its SLOW laid back pace of life, it’s just my style! :-)

You can find this ‘mellow folk welcome’ sign just before the legendary local favorite Hogfish Bar & Grill on Stock Island. Go to Mile Marker 5 oceanside off US-1 at the Burger King, down 1-block turning left onto McDonald Ave that turns into Maloney Ave, turn right onto 4th Ave, left on Front Street and there you will see it on the right about a 100 feet or so.

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Which Is The Art Statue?

Goofing off and having fun is a MAJOR part of the Key West laid back relaxing atmosphere! I’ve said before, not everything you do here has to have a price tag associated with it. These Art statues alone are fine for photos but can be enhanced by adding a relative, loved ones (my youngest 6’3″ son & his better half seen here) or even having a total stranger taking a picture of you beside them.

FREE Travel Tip Of The Day: (voice of experience here) Choose the right person to take your photo! Never give your expensive camera to a total stranger who can run faster than you! :-) All seriousness, look for an older couple already there taking a photo themselves or someone with a family! Last choice is a young single fit male ASKING you if they can take a photo of you. Be safe and think before handing your camera over to strangers.

You can find these and other statues in front of and around the Museum of Art & History at the Custom House near Mallory Square in Key West’s Old Town. This of course is FREE to create your own photographic table top conversation pieces.

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Sponge Bob No Pants

Sponge Bob No Pants

Everyone’s heard of Sponge Bob Square Pants, but I bet you’ve never seen his long-lost cousin from Memphis… Sponge Bob No Pants! There are in fact two of these creature features in Key West, the one pictured here at the largest gift shop at Mallory Square and the other at one at the Turtle Kraals area of town on Harbor Walk.

Kids galore flock to get their photos taken with this life-size behemoth of glued together sponges while smiling big & wide as if it were Sponge Bob Square Pants himself!

To get here just follow the crowds, Mallory Square is the #1 tourist trap area of town besides Duval Street. Go to the northwest end of Duval and turn south 2 blocks and you’ll run right into him… I mean Mallory Square. Go ahead, I’ll turn my head while you pose with him, It’s for big kids too! :-)

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