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Welcome To Key Largo

Out with the old and in with the new! Key Largo unveiled its brand spanking new welcome sign that screams loud & bright nearly neon colors seen from afar.

Tourists first glimpse of Key Largo is now grander and vastly more visible from a greater distance than the old (pictured below). Wow, what a truly beautiful stark difference!

You can find the Keys newest photo-op sign at Mile Marker 106.7 on US-1 South in the middle of the median… it’s bright so wear your sunglasses! 🙂

         

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Key West’s Narrowest Beach!

Seen here is Key West’s narrowest beach measuring approximately ONLY 20′ across! Locals have named this Dog Beach since our furry four-legged friends are seen here frequenting its shores more than any other beach on the entire island.

Though called Dog Beach, it’s not limited to its name sake. Beachgoers young & old, male & female, picnickers & sun worshipers alike can be seen taking advantage of this prime real-estates small but sandy shore. As you can see, there are no facilities AT ALL, only a bike rack and five picturesque palm trees adorning this quite & remote outpost known as Dog Beach.

You can find this hidden & secluded paradise at the corners of Seminole Avenue & Alberta Avenue exactly next to a very popular locals watering hole and restaurant called Louie’s Backyard.

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Panther Crossing

Panther Crossing

If you’re lucky and I do mean extremely LUCKY you may see the illusive endangered Florida Panther in its natural habitat. I’ve spoken to a number of people including Park Rangers who’ve worked for 20 years and have NEVER seen one and others who’ve seen only one in their entire lifetime! Rangers estimate fewer than 40 of these beautiful animals remain in this portion of the state.

The “Panther Crossing” sign on your way to the Keys can ONLY be found on Card Sound Road 7.4 miles down heading east. On US-1 at mile marker 126.7 is where you’ll turn onto Card Sound Road. Again, this portion of Card Sound Road doesn’t’ have many mile markers so keep an eye on your odometer. A photo of the sign alone makes for a good picture and conversation piece to tell your out-of-town friends who’ve NEVER seen or heard of a “Panther Crossing” sign! (Though I’ve been told it looks like a big rat!) 🙂 So good luck!

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Ahoy, Matey! Beer & Playground… 100% TRUE! :-)

IMG_2214Got kids? Need a pirate ship playground for them to frolic in while you and your better half get an ice-cold adult beverage? Well then matey, I’ve got just the place!

Wow, what a combo ‘Beer & Playground’… 100% TRUE! Located directly beside the infamous Hurricane Hole Bar & Grill is this pirate ship replica playground that will let your children’s imaginations run wild. Your boys can make their little sisters walk the plank while they pretend to be Capt. Jack Sparrow. Don’t worry parents, you can sit on the opposite side of the fence watching you children play as you drink a well deserved brewski!

You can find this Pirate Paradise Playground at Mile Marker 4.5 oceanside on US-1 just outside of Key West on Stock Island.

Oh yeah, you past Stock Island’s BIG Propeller as you turned into the parking lot! So then, go back and get your souvenir picture standing beside it!

ahoy

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UFO Spotted In Key West!

UFO?

Rocket Man?

Alien Spacecraft?

Or is it ET returning home?

Either way phone home or phone your friends! What a sight to behold. As crowds gathered around the shore I snapped this photo of the offshore invader! 🙂

Come prepared to Key West and always take your camera… you NEVER know what you might see! There’s more on this story so stay tuned.

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Fly Repellent Water Bags… Say What?

Myth Busters, where are you when needed! There’s several on-line versions of this fly repellent wives-tale. It’s said by putting pennies in a clear bag of water and hanging it by a window or door helps keep flys away.

In my research I found that the water can contain a drop of bleach to deter algae and should contain either one or four pennies. The theory is that it confuses the flys thinking that it might be a spider web, larger predator or something they’re not sure of and chooses to fly elsewhere.

Now I’m here to tell you that some swear by it and others denounce it as a pile of rubbish. While at this particular restaurant ‘Hogfish Bar & Grill’ there were still flys seen buzzing around the dining area… now who’s to say that there wouldn’t have been more if the bags weren’t present?

You can find these fly deterrent bags of water by going to Mile Marker 5 and turn left off of US-1 South at the Burger King. Then 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 at the Hogfish Bar & Grill.

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Historical Marker Facing The WRONG WAY!

This is not a blog about the historical markers information… oh no, it’s about the marker itself FACING THE WRONG DIRECTION!

So true, this marker sits facing a resident’s home on a seldom traveled side road! I’d say it’s safe to say that 99.9% of all travelers NEVER know that it’s even there! So sad, the city needs to send a crane out and take 30-minutes simply spinning it around facing the street better known as US-1 South where 99.9% of the people will at least see it. Granted, only a hand full would stop on a daily basis to actually read it… to me, that’s not the point. This is history being wasted, passed by and overlooked not having a chance of being seen.

I found this historical marker only because of what I do… that’s searching out what others might not see. I’ve driven by this for the longest time wondering why this big stone was setting off the side of the road for. I finally took time to turn off the main road US-1 and simply look at the other side of it and wow was I surprised at what I found.

You too can find this WRONG WAY history marker at Mile Marker 87.0 on left side of US-1 South facing away from traffic. Go ahead, be one of the few to actually see this forgotten marker ON PURPOSE.

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