Jules’ Undersea Lodge, The World’s FIRST One!

From Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous, every major travel channel in the world, insane amount of newspaper & magazine articles, to the infamous Sports Illustrated Swim Suit Issue have all featured this one-of-a-kind WORLD-CLASS attraction! Named after famed novelist Jules Verne who penned such blockbusters as “Journey To The Center Of The Earth”, “Around The World In 80 Days”, “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea”, “Captain Nemo”, “From The Earth To The Moon” to name a few… this man is indeed the father of the current science-fiction genre. Wow, who would’ve ever thought that so many of his off-the-wall dreams would’ve ever come true!

For the first time average-Joe non-divers have access to such an incredible opportunity. This undersea lodge is ONLY accessible via scuba diving. If you’re not a certified scuba diver you’ll be required to take a crash course (about $150 each) before submerging to enter your room. The submerged waterproof rooms hold up to 2 families with restrictions on the total  number of people. As you can see, this is not a stripped down room either complete with shower, restrooms, radio & DVD. Can you imagine staying a single night 27 feet under the sea? I can’t, this is NOT CHEAP since it will set you back an approximate cool $650 per person depending on what overnight package you choose! Hey, but I’m glad to say that it does include a 6 pm gourmet dinner by your mer-chef (mermaid chef) and an early 8 am breakfast.

In talking to one of the managers, she said as much as you’d like to give an adventure like this as a gift, it’s best to ask the recipient first since some are terrified of the thought of being confined all night under water. Final comment, you’re absolutely safe being monitored ashore around the clock by trained Oceanic Institute observers ready to intervene upon a seconds notice. As much as I’d like to do this sometime in the future… I’m not too confident on it ever happening! 🙂

You can find the WORLD’S FIRST underwater hotel room with a view at Mile Marker 103.3 oceanside off US-1’s Transylvania Avenue in the Florida’s Keys. At one time, this was the WORLD’S ONLY undersea lodge! Way too cool!

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Anchor In Tree

Here’s an oddity that can be found in Key West’s Mallory Square. This portion of Key West is best associated with its hordes of people who gather every evening at dusk to watch the sunset. Mallory Square has so much more to offer in every direction you look from souvenir shops, restaurants, street performers to the oddity you’re about to see.

Behind a closed fence in front of an empty historic building is this anchor nearly encased in cement that is now becoming part of the tree as roots and limbs begin to take hold and is a strange-looking unique site indeed.

This is just one of the strange findings you’ll see in Mallory Square… though the sport of ‘People Watching’ at times can be just as STRANGE! 🙂

 

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Rooster Crowing… Wake Up Key West!

img_4921Several weeks ago in Key West I awoke to the sounds of roosters crowing in the early morning even prior to my much needed cup of coffee. I customarily go out riding around town while most still sleep from the prior nights partying. In that process I stumbled across this lone rooster crowing while I was taking photos for a future blog.

For those of you that don’t know, Chickens, Roosters & Hens by the 100’s legally run free in Key West down back roads, main streets, alleys, and pedestrian laden walkways like Duval Street in Old Town.

You can find these chickens, roosters & hens anywhere all over town at all times of the day. If you want to hear then crowing, get up early as I did and head out in any direction following your ears. 🙂

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Lobster Man!

img_4908 Have you ever wanted to take your picture as a lobster? I don’t blame you either, this guy seen here was willing to pose for me ONLY because NO ONE would ever see who he really was! 🙂 (True)

You too can pose as a red lobster at 507 South Street here in Key West fulfilling your wildest dreams and still be able to tell your friends “I promise that’s NOT me!” 🙂 img_4909

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Tallest Lit Flag In The Keys

IMG_1802For years I’ve past this seeing it out of the corner of my eye saying “One day I’m going to stop and take a picture of it!”… well, this past weekend was that day. When zooming in with my 16” mega zoom lens I was surprised to find that it appears to have strategically positioned lights throughout the stars and stripes which means it was built for being lit. Thou I seldom travel this portion of the Keys at night, I personally have never seen it lit up. Look close at the close-up photo below to see for yourself making this the tallest lit flag in the entire Florida Keys.

To find this lit star-spangled banner flag go to Mile Marker 112.8 oceanside on the premises of the Manatee Bay Marine and look upward atop the crane.

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Hideout Restaurant

IMG_4293True to it’s name, the ‘Hideout’ Restaurant is hidden so well that only a portion of its name is visible! This out-of-the-way local hangout is a little bit on the hard side for tourist to find. I my friends will help cure that problem at NO COST to you whatsoever!

A couple highlights while in the area are the sign on the left of the door that reads “Shit Creek Survivor” and the sign posted on the patio deck the reads “Guns ARE allowed on premises” (100% TRUE) Yikes! Within feet in either direction are the famous floating hotels called ‘Boatels’ and the world-famous ‘Jules’ Undersea Lodge’ which is one of the worlds few underwater hotels! Cool 🙂

You can find the ‘Hideout’ at the end of Transylvania Avenue’s big curve in Key Largo at Mile Marker 103.3 oceanside. This group of attractions is well worth your time, all of which are FREE to walk around and see.

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Easy To Miss Hanging Fish

IMG_0440Yes, photo-ops in the section of town are a dime-a-dozen being located everywhere and therefore very easy to miss. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve passed this before seeing it for the first time. It’s that unassuming meshing flawlessly around the hundreds of other more interesting things to be seen in EVERY direction. So now I challenge you to make it a point to find this on your next trip to Paradise!

You can find this ‘Oops, I Almost Missed It Too’ hanging fish on one of the many visually stunning wooden piers located in the Harbor Walk district of Key West beside the Turtle Museum.

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