1st Pirate Well in Key West
Here’s Key West’s first source of fresh water on the entire island. Founded by Pirates in the 1700’s and used primarily for drinking & cooking. This watery part of Key West history can be found at the Captain George Carey House at 410 Caroline Street which is in fact, the 2nd oldest home in Key West! Look in the front yard on the left side of the porch in the heart of Old Town Key West just 1 home north of Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill. It’s FREE to see this part of history and take your souvenir photo. Again, It’s sad that 1,00o’s of people pass this way every day and have NO idea how important of a role it played in history.
Fresh water was hard to come by in these times and ships in route to Europe (Spain, France, England, Netherlands to name a few) now had a source to restock their supplies from the Caribbean before their long Atlantic ocean voyage HOME!
Dante’s Restaurant Swimming Pool
Does your restaurant have a swimming pool? This one does!
Here at 951 Caroline Street is a place where the not so serious tourists go, the ones who pass up a daytime visit to the Southernmost Buoy in order to sleep-in for the next 2AM band & beerfest! (wow, I just described me when I was younger) 🙂
In Key West this party playground is called Dante’s Restaurant & Raw Bar and is packed with mostly college aged patrons with a beer in one hand while secretly seeking out their party partner for the evening. Look close and you can see the beer bottles & plastic cups all around the pools edge and in the hands of a number on inner pool dwellers. What a sight, a bar with a pool… that’s basically what it is, the restaurant portion is limited with pool side tables and a live band. Let’s be honest, these future world & business leaders aren’t here for the renowned shrimp or rib eye, they’re here to connect with friends and party. Reminds me of a midnight swim of mine in Auburn when 6 of us… wait.. I better not go there! 🙂 It’s FREE for patrons of the bar so bring your camera and swimming trunks.
You’ll find this spectacle at the northernmost point of Harbor Walk. So I ask you again, “Does your restaurant have a swimming pool… THIS ONE DOES!”
Just like a day at the races, you too can hit the trifecta here on Duval Street without ever leaving the building. This is easily one of Key West’s most recognizable historic structures!
Very unique in appearance alone containing three of Key West’s most trendy bars in one! A bar named ‘The ‘Bull’ occupies its first floor and is distinguished by its many 6′ x 6′ open air windows. The second floor’s ‘Whistle Bar’ has the rare but beautiful wrap around balcony that at night is filled with party-goers that are on their way to having one too many leaning over the rails yelling at all of the passers-by below. The third bar stands out by having palm trees and other plants lining its rooftop in an oasis type atmosphere aptly named the ‘Garden Of Eden’.
I’ve got a GREAT story for each of the bars that will be featured in a future blog so don’t you dare miss them. Here’s a brief look into the The Bull’s blogs, it includes the Rock-N-Roll Mega Icon Eric Clapton! Too cool!
You can find this three-story trifecta of bars stacked upon each other at the corner of Caroline Street & Duval Street.
Ping Pong & Beer… go together like peanut butter & jelly! We absolutely LOVE this place! What a great relaxed atmosphere to let loose while sipping on one of the many brews from around the world.
Complete with an outside full-service 4-sided bar for your sitting and viewing pleasure without missing a single goings-on anywhere in their garden-type layout. There is so much here to see and do along with the ‘Sneak-A-Peek Shower’, live band, Chicken/Rooster souvenir store, tree swing, wrap around porch with rocking chairs, dining area and of course playing a FREE game of Ping Pong as seen below with the ball astoundingly caught in mid-air.
If you go to any outside bar in Key West, this is the one you want to go to for sure! Blue Heaven can be found at the corners of Petronia Street & Thomas Street in the fun-filled capital of the Keys! Having fun is almost automatic here at Blue Heaven, definitely put this one on your list!
Key West has long since had a military presence with its current emphasis on Air Force. In the past, the Navy was the overwhelming Big Brother of the Keys with an astounding amount of personnel in the area.
Welcome to the former Naval Station that ruled this island for some 151 years. Here’s how it played out: Commodore David Porter established a Naval Station here on April 3rd 1823 as a Supply Base for his 17-ship Anti-Pirate Squadron. The Station remained in constant operation from that date to its disestablishment on March 31st, 1974. Although its function has varied over the years it has operated through multiple conflicts including: Anti-piracy Campaign, Seminole Indian War, Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, Cuban Missile Crisis, and the Cold War [See the Florida Key’s Military Memorial]. Since its inception, the Navel Stations personnel reached an all time low of ONLY 17 in 1932 to over 18,000 during WWII in 1945. Just think, todays entire island population is approximately 26,000… back then, the military outnumbered the LOCALS! Let me see, that’s about 45 servicemen to every available woman in Key West at that time! A females smorgasbord for sure! 🙂
You can find this Historical Naval Station marker… if you look really good… at the corner of Front Street & Caroline Street here in Key West. I’ll make this easier, first find the attraction known as the ‘Harry S. Truman Little White House’, from the road look for a large circular water fountain near a six-foot tall wrought iron gate… over there, you see it! 🙂
Key West has long been a haven for Caribbean Pirates ever since sailing the high seas has been around. To date you can still find several of them perusing the streets in full regalia as seen to the left with a man who we’ll call “Captain Pegleg” for obvious reasons! 🙂 No this isn’t Halloween or any type of costume party, as most pirates, this is an opertunist awaiting an easy payday. This is one of many so-called street performers who will pose for your souvenir photo for a fee… ok, donation of a $1 or $2. As you can see in the photo above, he awaits his prey in the oncoming orange & black tour bus seen here. His prey, cash paying tourists, will soon depart their guided tour and begin cruising Duval Street… yes, that’s exactly the way he planned it!
If you’re not so lucky as to find your own one-legged “Captain Pegleg” then I can help find you a more permanent one. Head on over to the corner of Caroline Street & Thomas Street where you’ll find one with a hangover. Ok, he’s just hanging over the balcony! 🙂 Once at the corner look up to the second floor balcony and you’ll see what looks like Captain Morgan’s brother or cousin. So stop on by and see either or both of Key West’s pirates for your trophy case framed souvenir photo!
This backyard’s shower stall comes complete with a see through lattice side panel and its own unique signage. The sign says ‘Showers $1.00 To Watch $2.00’. Sounds like a way to get more bang for your buck, heck I’d pay $2.00 for that! 🙂 OK, it really depends on who’s inside!
Although this is a photo-op and not a real shower, this tourist attraction gets many giggles & pranksters posing outside peeping in. It makes for a good photo and conversation piece for your scrapbook.
You can find this shower with a view, watching who knows who, at the popular bar & dining hangout called Blue Heaven on Petronia Street just a few blocks south of Duval Street in Key West. And yes it’s FREE despite the $1 and $2 photo-op tourist sign.