Turtle Kraals Restaurant is one of my families all time favorite places to go and eat in Key West when wanting seafood and a view. Turtle Kraals, meaning Turtle Pens in Dutch which is a throw back to when Key West was the nations #1 turtle meat supplier having its own pens to keep the turtle right here at the restaurants exterior. Turtle Kraals offers inside dining, outside dining and my favorite upstairs outdoor dining with a view called the Tower Bar.
The signs here are well worth a stop for the souvenir photo even if you don’t stop and eat. The large photo above is located outside the front door to the left and gets most of the tourists attention. The next and almost better sign (pictured below) is a lot harder to find being inside at the top of the stairs to their outside dining area saying “It’s More Fun On Top”! 🙂 Although the sunset seen from here is not the best it’s still memorable if in this area when the sun is setting.
You can find this dining pleasure in the area of town known as Historic Harbor Walk. Enjoy your seafood, a view & your souvenir photo here on your next trip to paradise.
Mile Post Marker
Mile Post Markers have been around for eons and almost every tourist destination has one and Key West is no exception. In fact, this area of town known as Harbor Walk has two of them! You know, those posts saying Paris 4,785 miles from where you’re standing and so on!
As I’ve mentioned before, Harbor Walk is a mecca for pedestrians as its only real rivals are Duval Street & Mallory Square. You can easily spend 2 – 3 hours here having fun every minute never looking at your watch while taking in boats, sunsets, bands, bars, cruises, dining, shops, and many other sites that I’ve still yet to cover in a blog.
The first of two mile post markers is located in front of the Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Raw Bar’s parking lot. The 2nd is on the southernmost part of Harbor Walk attached to the last souvenir shop at the end of the alleyway. So on your next trip to the Key’s I challenge you to not find only one of them… but BOTH of these FREE photo ops! Oh yeah, I’ll save the 3rd mile post marker located miles away for a later blog. 🙂
What a hoot this car is! How would you like to get your next meal delivered by this uniquely painted vehicle?
B.O.’s Fishwagon is one of Key West’s best kept secrets and hardest to find seafood restaurants in town and yet it’s always packed with patrons who’ve seeked out its location and flocked inside to enjoy its delicious meals.
The car was a surprise to say the least as we peddled our bikes around the lesser traveled southeastern part of the island along some back road. You on the other hand might have a better chance of seeing it a B.O.’s Fishwagon Restaurant located near Harbor Walk at the corner of William Street & Caroline Street on Key West’s northwestern tourist side of the island. Either way, upon seeing the car it’s without a doubt one that you won’t soon forget.
If you notice in the photos below on the passenger front wheel is painted “Gone Fishing” and then on the trunk are the words “Land Yacht”. It’s a sight to be seen I assure you and of course is FREE to all to admire, gawk, laugh & ponder “Why would anyone paint their car like this?” 🙂 I sure hope it’s still up and running by time this blogs posted, if not… just sit back and enjoy the photos!
The Half Shell Raw Bar is one of the best and most popular seafood restaurants in Key West whose slogan is “Eat It Raw”. Half Shell Raw Bar has a smorgasbord selection of some of the freshest catches of the day that can be ordered sauted, blackened, baked, broiled or fried.
Your dining pleasure is enhanced by the ocean side view of one of Key West’s most popular & beautiful harbors (photo below). It’s also home to one of the best photo-head boards in town that sits right outside the front door and is always a tourist favorite with someones noggin sticking through it as seen here! Another not miss is the brightly painted red wheelhouse from the boat “Salte Sea” that’s now part of the building sitting to the left of the front door. A wheelhouse for those that don’t know is the enclosed portion of a boat that the captain steers from (photo below).
You can find Eat It Raw at one of my most favorite hangouts on Key West’s western side of town in the area called Harbor Walk. If you haven’t eaten here, put this high atop your seafood list, your taste buds & partner will thank you I’m sure!
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!”
This is awesome! Send your friends and family a human-sized postcard from Key West! You may wait in a small line only 2 or 3 minutes with other couples or families but that’s it! So if you really want to impress them back at the office and make them jealous… then this is your photo!
If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ve noticed that a number of them have been from Harbor Walk which is on Key West’s northwestern side of town just 3 blocks northeast of Duval Street. This is an area that you must put on your list AFTER Duval Street… because you can’t go back to work without saying you walked up and down Duval Street.
The Cuban Coffee Queen where this human-sized postcard greeting is located has a uniquely equal poster pined to their door stating: “FREE COFFEE… all day tomorrow”! But don’t wait in line for the free coffee since in this case… tomorrow never comes. 🙂
Jimmy Buffett’s Recording Studio
The section of town called Harbor Walk in Key West is located about 3 blocks northeast of Duval Streets northern end. At Harbor Walk’s western end is reportedly one of singer songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s recording studios.
I first found out about this on the internet and followed up by asking my aunt and uncle who still live in Key West and both confirm that they too have heard the same. On our last trip to Key West after eating at Turtle Kraawls we walked by this unassuming white unmarked building with two people outside smoking cigarettes as the side door opened. I stopped and ask as if knowing for sure it was his studio “Is Jimmy recording inside?” to which they replied word-for-word “No, he’s not here right now!”. Hey I tried! 🙂
Any guesses on what I had for dinner at Turtle Kraawls? That’s right, I had a Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger In Paradise” and of course… “I like mine with lettuce and tomatoes, Heinz-57 and french fried potatoes, a sweet kosher pickle and a cold draft beer good gosh almighty which way do I steer.” 🙂