Say ‘Hello’ to one the Florida Key’s coolest murals!
Seen here is a beautiful great addition to the growing tradition of painted murals throughout the entire Keys. This is indeed a bright spot along your journey and caught my attention instantly upon passing this eye-popping two-walled painted masterpiece. Its focal point is the former majestic now crumbling Bahia Honda bridge along with an iguana, sunset, bicycle rider, mangrove root tree & palm tree.
You can find the one of the Key’s brightest colorful murals at Mile Marker 48.0 bayside beside the enormous Bluegreen Resort.
This is without a doubt Monroe County’s SMALLEST Bird Sanctuary! Featured below is a full-width photo of the sanctuary consisting of a circle of trees with two inner pier posts roped together. Forgetting to bring my trusty bright yellow Stanley tape measure, I’d venture to say that it’s less than 100 feet in width or length… if not smaller. 🙂
Though I didn’t actually see any birds, I did see enormous amounts of bird & pelican poop… some of which I kept as souvenirs upon my sneakers! 🙂 On the other hand, for you ant farm enthusiasts… I’ve found your mecca! 🙂
Monroe County’s SMALLEST Bird Sanctuary is located within a park across from both the majestic White Street Pier and Key West Wildlife Center. It sits on the corner of White Street & Casa Marina Court here on Key West’s less traveled southeastern portion of the island.
I found Key West’s own Capt. Hook! 100% TRUE, Capt. Hook is from Key West, Florida… who knew?
I know, you’re saying that Captain James Hook is a fictional character in the movie Peter Pan. The character is a pirate captain of the brig Jolly Roger, and lord of the fairy-tale village of Neverland… hmm, I thought that was Michael Jackson! 🙂 His name plays on the iron hook replacing his right hand, cut off by Peter Pan and eaten by a crocodile.
You can find Key West’s REAL Capt. Hook (fishing boat captain) at the Key West City Marina at the Palm Avenue Causeway on the northwest portion of the island. Enjoy the view and many other sights here… all of which are FREE for your vacation consumption.
1891 Historic Wachovia Center Building
This is WAY TOO COOL!
Founded in 1891 this former bank at the corner of Duval Street & Front Street in Key West is nothing less than a delight for the eyes. Sitting on the corner and coming to a point, this tan and brown brick mosaic eye-candy is impossible to miss nor do you want to. Take special notice of the balcony along the Duval Street side seen below. The balcony support system is lined with stylish gingerbread reminiscent of this towns pirate past.
The Wachovia Bank that occupied this facility has long since moved yet retained its name as the Wachovia Center. Now housing a Cafe, Jeweler, Art Gallery, Souvenir shop along with its most prevalent lessee the world-famous Ripley’s Believe It or Not! The souvenir shop located in the pointed corner contains a unique surprise.
Walking inside tucked neatly between the T-shirts selection and wall placards stands the banks old vault (pictured below). It remains open during the day for curious visitors like myself to view and photograph. On the upper portion face of the vault door is painted “Wachovia Key West” as the jail house type entrance behind the door guards the empty vault filled only with memories from its rich and glorious past. This tidbit is FREE to browse and worth a visit… face it, when you’re in Key West you’ll end up passing it a number of times on your trip down here to paradise anyways.
Being the history buff that I am, I’m constantly looking at street names trying to find references to the past. The pirate Calico Jack Circle street name is surrounded by an “A” list of other famous pirate street signs in every direction. Here’s more than you’ve ever wanted to know about his pirate past. 🙂
Born John Rackham December 26, 1682 commonly known as Calico Jack, was an English pirate captain operating in the Bahamas and in Cuba during the early 18th century. His nickname derived from the calico clothing he wore, while Jack is a diminutive of “John.”
Active towards the end (1718–20) of the “golden age of piracy” (1650–1730) Rackham is most remembered for two things: the design of his Jolly Roger flag, a skull with crossed swords, which contributed to the popularization of the design; and for having two female crew members, Mary Read and Rackham’s lover Anne Bonny.
Rackham cruised the Leeward Islands, Jamaica Channel, andWindward Passage. He accepted a pardon some time in 1719 and moved to New Providence, where he met Anne Bonny, who at the time was married to James Bonny. When Rackham returned to piracy in 1720 by stealing a British sloop, Bonny joined him. Their new crew included Mary Read. After a short run he was captured by pirate hunter Jonathan Barnet in 1720, before being hanged November 18 of the same year in Port Royal, Jamaica.
To find this pirate legends name blazing upon a street sign, on US-1 go to Mile Marker 23.o oceanside turning onto Spanish Main Drive. Just keep driving down till seeing Calico Jack Circle on your right.
Here’s a blast from the past revisited! (Enjoy, It’s from years ago!) 🙂
Ever been on a catamaran? A catamaran is a multihulled boat consisting of two hulls with a supporting structure in-between powered by sail or engine. They’re built for speed and stability rather than equal weight distribution as with ‘traditional’ monohulled boats.
We went on this one and it was an AWESOME 3-4 hour experience setting us back only $35 a person. Seen here is my better half… that would be the one on the right 🙂 and our tour guide for the day Scott on the left. Our friend Scott has pitched in a number of times on previous blogs and was the perfect person to accompany us today since he’s been a tour guide to one of our destination State Parks. Indian Key State Park and Lignumvitae Botanical State Park round out your days activities landing on both with plenty of walk around time.
You too can partake in an afternoon of surf and turf mixing up your pleasure while enjoying two of the States least visited State Parks. You can find the catamaran tour boat company at Robbie’s Marina at Mile Marker 77.5 oceanside of US-1. Scott the tour guide not included! 🙂
Wanna see the Florida Key’s LARGEST FISHING ROD? Well wait no more my faithful readers, here it is!
WOW, does this look authentic! The attention to detail is impeccable and stunning to say the least. This is one GREAT 28′ long replica to be admired in its entirety from hook, reel, lure, line, to its mind-blowing truly real looking handle wrapping.
You can find the Florida Key’s LARGEST FISHING ROD permanently attached to this mobile trailer on US-1 at Mile Marker 53.0 oceanside FREE for all to see. On US-1 turn onto 116th Street and you’ll see it there on your right!
I found paradise years ago… Isn’t time you did too!
PARADISE FOUND! Some things simply speak for themselves. What a great photo-op this is. The Keys newest oversized chair is one of the coolest by far.
You can find this newcomer just before crossing the Cow Key bridge into Key West near Mile Marker 4.5 oceanside on US-1.
One of our absolute favorite places in Key West to have a drink and take in a breathtaking view! This secret, not so secret any more hide-a-way is worth seeking out. As you can see from the photos below, its back deck has nothing less than a view to die for! This oceanfront icon was featured years ago on TV before a hurricane left its scar upon its property, deck & building.
It’ s been back in full swing for years now and better than ever. The view has always been spectacular and FREE, its tradition continues effortless today. Seen below are some of the famed attributes that give this iconic location its quaint and homey atmosphere just waiting for its next patron to fall in love with its overall surrounding and comforts as we did!
This hidden gem isn’t known by most tourists, you on the other hand my fine readers have me! 🙂 You can find my favorite corner table along with the ‘Gateway To Paradise’ & “Drunken Parrot” at Louie’s Backyard located at the corner of Seminole Avenue & Alberta Avenue.
Welcome to Crocodile Lake! Hmmm, I wonder how it got its name? 🙂 I remember now, there’s plenty of crocodiles!
This is a great unique sign for your souvenir scrapbook! Don’t bring a picnic lunch expecting to admire crocodiles while eating fried chicken because this place has no picnic or viewing area, just the National Wildlife Refuge office, a crocodile sculpture, informational signboards, and a small but beautiful butterfly garden. (it’s a refuge, not a park) Hmmm… you know what, on second thought, if you have a mother-in-law you’re not very fond of just give her a bucket of chicken and drop her off! (crocodiles love chicken) 🙂
To find this uniquely named Crocodile Lake sign go to MM 107.0 on US-1 and head north on Card Sound Road driving 1.9 miles where you’ll see it on your left.