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Which Way Is Harbor Walk?

<— Harbor Walk —>

Hmmmm, I ask you… so which way is Harbor Walk? Do I turn right or left? Key West can be confusing for first time visitors (as any vacation haven), but signs like these don’t exactly help the situation do they! I love this picture, I tend to look at things just a tad different than others and try to notice the funny in something that really wasn’t meant to be. Take a look at this photo (above) that I noticed one night after dinner and just had to share it with you. A close up photo of both signs (seen below) with the red-painted arrows pointing towards each other.

You can find this “Which Way Is Harbor Walk” sign at the Turtle Kraals Museum just across the water from its Turtle Kraals Restaurant. Harbor Walk is on the west side of town about 3 blocks north of Duval Street here in weird & wacky Key West.


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Turtle Kraals Restaurant

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.


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Turtle Kraals? Say What!

Turtle Kraals Slaughter-House Museum

I hope and pray that all of our local Keys readers and anyone else in Irma’s path to the north made it through her direct hit on Cudjoe Key. We’ve been off-line a few days now with NO electrical power, NO wifi or internet, NO cell phone service & NO A/C. We’re back, here’s one from historic Key West with HOPES that it too made it through the storm!

This Turtle Kraals Museum is the former home of Granday Turtle Cannery. This historic slaughter-house can be found on the northwest side of Key West in the area known as Harbor Walk. Oh yeah, the word “Kraals” is Dutch for ‘pens or corral’. It was here that captured green turtles were kept prior to being exported as a delicacy around the world. The first turtle soup cannery opened in Key West in 1849 and Granday soon came to dominate the industry. With his cannery conveniently situated right on the dock, turtles were brought in from the sea, kept in the kraals along the shore and fed until they went to the cannery. The turtle industry flourished in Key West until its end in the early 1970’s due to diminishing numbers of green turtles in the Caribbean.

Today, the green turtle is an endangered species and fights for survival. Green turtles are rare and beautiful creatures to see, and if you’re lucky enough, you might spot one in the waters off Key West. Thanks to conservation measures, wildlife rescue and hatchling program, the green turtle population has substantially increased. You can view photos from the bygone era throughout the museum. The artifacts outside the museum are FREE to view and read about (meat grinder) as seen below. The building is awesome in its own right as you can see from the above photo and is worth a walk around when on Harbor Walk. Having grown up in Key West as a child (prior to 1970), I was fed a steady stream of turtle steaks, turtle soup, turtle kabob, turtle sandwich, turtle filet, fried turtle, grilled turtle, and the Forest Gump list could go on for an hour as he did with his list of shrimp products eaten… and yes… it tastes like chicken! 🙂


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