Beautiful Marina Murals

Simply put… A THING OF BEAUTY!

This marina’s two mural are AWESOME to say the least. The larger one seen in the featured photo very well may be the LONGEST mural in the entire Florida Keys. Combined with the smaller one to the right and the warp-around corner on the large one are a sight WELL WORTH tracking down to view for yourself and some souvenir photos.

You can find these beautiful marina murals at the Tavernier Creek Marina bayside on US-1 at Mile Marker 90.6 in Tavernier.

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You’re NOT Seeing Double!

Don’t worry, you’re NOT seeing double! There’s actually two of these photo-op headboards located 4-miles apart from each other in the Florida Keys. Though at first glance they might look to be exact, they are not. If you look close at the featured photo, it has the Ice Cream Shop’s name on it ‘Mr. C’s’. The other upon closer inspection does not.

On this weekend trip to the Keys I was alone and unable to find anyone willing to stick their heads in to be photographed… guess I should’ve offered them a FREE ice cream. So remember to bring your own photo partner or at least a LONG selfie stick! 🙂

You can find both of these photo-op headboard twins at different locations. One at Mile Marker 102.9 bayside and the other at Mile Marker 98.9 oceanside.

    

 

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Pier Blown Away By Hurricane

Pylon after pylon line a portion of the Atlantic Ocean looking like steps to a watery wonderland in what was once a majestic wooden pier. Some may call this pier blown away by a hurricane an eye sore, I on the other hand say “Wow, how beautiful!” It’s not only an incredible sight, it also serves as a stark reminder that Mother Nature will always remain in control.

As you can see below by the photo of my wife looking towards the ocean that it can in fact make a FANTASTIC wall mounted professionally framed picture for your home! OK, my home, you’d probably want a photo that includes your better half! 🙂

To find this one-of-a-kind photo-op that others will miss (even though there) go to Key West’s most popular hangout for sun worshipers located on the southeastern portion of the island called Higgs Beach.

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Keys Newest & Brightest Artwork

Welcome to one of the Florida Keys NEWEST & BRIGHTEST awesome display of multiple works of art!

Normally artwork in the Keys means underwater fish scenes… these on the other hand are a well appreciated step out of the norm. The paintings include: lions face, rooster head, wave swell, mermaid, and the most impressive of the bunch is what resembles an iconic Phoenix half in red flames and half in blue water. Oh yeah, the lion head is located around the backside of the building so DON’T be shy in walking around to view it.

This future two-building complex will soon be a health club and back building a brewery. I know that because while I was taking these photos 9 days ago a pickup truck drove up sparking a conversation. Entrepreneurs Jay & Andrea will soon be open to the public for their grand opening so keep on the lookout. I too will stop by in the future to test out the brewery portion of their business first hand and maybe… just maybe they’ll remember me! 🙂

You can find this brilliant new collection of artwork on FREE display for all to see on US-1 at Mile Marker 80.95 oceanside.

         

    

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Largest Fish In The Keys

Where can you find the LARGEST FISH in the Keys? Some say it can be found in the Atlantic Ocean while others will swear up and down that it’s in the Gulf of Mexico, yet some will even pinpoint a specific location of the Keys like Islamorada. Well, I’m here to tell you they’re all wrong… and I’ll be the first person ever to guarantee such a sighting at a Mile Marker of all places!

Contrary to popular belief, some fish are found on dry land! This one pictured here is the LARGEST FISH IN THE KEYS! Located at Mile Marker 49.4 bayside on US-1. So stop on by and fire up that video camera and gather around the Giant Fish for the video that will verify your wild vacation fish story.

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Rowell’s Waterfront Park

Say hello to one of the Florida Keys newest city parks! I’ve passed this for the last two years while being posted as a future park to its renovation period waiting for it to open. Now many months after its opening, I’m finally able to stop by and check it out for you.

Here’s the first hand low-down: an awesome view of the neighbor’s pier-end gazebos, appears to be a swimming area, very rocky fossil-laden uneven dangerous jetty that I chose NOT to risk walking on, bring your own picnic supplies of chairs and folding table, and last but not least three port-o-potties! Though I wish I could say more and that it was packed with beachgoers… I was in fact the ONLY one there on a Saturday. I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess that they might not be 100% done with renovating this newest city asset.

You can find Rowell’s Waterfront Park on US-1 at Mile Marker 104.6 bayside. It appears to be FREE to the public seeing no fee schedule… besides, would you pay for a park that had ONLY port-o-potties! 🙂 **As the time of this photo the park wasn’t done… maybe it it now!**

         

         

         

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Keys LARGEST Tattoo Gun

Have you ever seen a six foot tall tattoo gun? Well I hadn’t either till a few weekends ago!

I’ve previously posted blogs on the Southernmost Tattoo shop in the Continental United States, an academy award winning movie the Rose Tattoo but never on a tattoo gun. Even though I’ve past this dozens of times in my life, it took till this time driving through the parking lot to photograph it.

You can find the Florida Keys LARGEST tattoo gun on the outside wall’s entrance of Fire Ink Tattoo at Mile Marker 103.1 bayside on US-1.

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Whale Harbor Lighthouse

New Whale Harbor RestaurantSay hello to the NEW Whale Harbor Lighthouse! The former restaurant and buffet that stood here has been gone for years and replaced now by this new beautiful lighthouse and not so good looking expanded parking lot. It still makes for an AWESOME photo-op for your scrapbook!

Contrary to popular belief, this is NOT the same lighthouse that stood in the same exact place several years ago as part of the Whale Harbor Restaurant pictured below. (though very similar)

You can find this newest Whale Harbor Lighthouse on US-1 in Islamorada at Mile Marker 83.8 oceanside.

Old Whale Harbor Restaurant Lighthouse

 

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Man-v-Food’s Adam Richmond Visits Hogfish Bar & Grill

Celebrity food connoisseur Adam Richmond, the host of Travel Channel’s Man-vs-Food was in the Keys a few years ago filming an episode featuring the Hogfish sandwich and Key Largo’s Conch Fritter eating contest.

As you can see by the featured photo, this is a massive sandwich, the fresh daily catch of Hogfish is fried golden brown and served on a slab of Cuban Bread topped with mushrooms, swiss cheese, sautéed onions, lettuce & tomatoes. Sound yummy, just ask my better half who devoured the meal in record time and already wants to go back for another one… IT WAS THAT GOOD! You also get a healthy heaping of fries along with a quartered pickle to round out your meal.

The atmosphere at this waterfront destination is superb beginning with the tiki-hut frame with open-air seating is nothing less than down-home. Though the restaurant has yet to put up photos from Adam’s visit, the influx of groupies (including us) were all influenced to take in a trip to the Hogfish Bar & Grill by seeing the episode on TV. In the first 10-days after its airing, the manager said that over 300 people have come here solely from seeing it on TV. That’s the power of advertising… ok, that’s the power of FREE advertisement from the mouth of Adam Richmond! 🙂

You can find the Hogfish Bar & Grill by going to Mile Marker 5 on US-1 bayside turning at the Burger King, go 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 a half mile or so exactly beside the famous Crankshaft Man blogged about earlier.

         

         

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Florida Keys Sea Grapes

Have you ever heard of a sea grape tree or fruit? Well then, here’s MORE than you ever wanted to know about sea grapes! 🙂

Sea grape trees are most often used in landscaping as it’s a popular ornamental plant in south Florida, as well as a dune stabilizer and coastal windbreak. Taller sea grape plants are used to make light barriers between coastlines to protect sea turtles. The wood of the sea grape is sometimes used for firewood, making charcoal, and even cabinetry. The reddish fruits of the sea grape may be eaten raw, cooked into jellies and jams, or fermented into sea grape wine. Sea grape wine may also be fermented into sea grape vinegar, which is also useful in cooking. The sap of the sea grape is used in the West Indies and Jamaica for dyeing and tanning of leather. WOW… that was a lot of information!

Where can you find one of these sea grape trees in the Florida Keys? That’s easy, it’s at Mile Marker 83.8 at the Whale Harbor Marina complex in the city of Islamorada directly in front of Wahoo’s Bar & Grille!

P.S. – The street sign ‘Sea Grape St.’ was found further down in the Keys towards Key West so don’t go looking for it at Wahoo’s! 🙂

    

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