Pylon after pylon line a portion of the Atlantic Ocean looking like steps to a watery wonderland in what was once a majestic wooden pier. Some may call this pier blown away by a hurricane an eye sore, I on the other hand say “Wow, how beautiful!” It’s not only an incredible sight, it also serves as a stark reminder that Mother Nature will always remain in control.
As you can see below by the photo of my wife looking towards the ocean that it can in fact make a FANTASTIC wall mounted professionally framed picture for your home! OK, my home, you’d probably want a photo that includes your better half! 🙂
To find this one-of-a-kind photo-op that others will miss (even though there) go to Key West’s most popular hangout for sun worshipers located on the southeastern portion of the island called Higgs Beach.
Welcome to one of the Florida Keys NEWEST & BRIGHTEST awesome display of multiple works of art!
Normally artwork in the Keys means underwater fish scenes… these on the other hand are a well appreciated step out of the norm. The paintings include: lions face, rooster head, wave swell, mermaid, and the most impressive of the bunch is what resembles an iconic Phoenix half in red flames and half in blue water. Oh yeah, the lion head is located around the backside of the building so DON’T be shy in walking around to view it.
This future two-building complex will soon be a health club and back building a brewery. I know that because while I was taking these photos 9 days ago a pickup truck drove up sparking a conversation. Entrepreneurs Jay & Andrea will soon be open to the public for their grand opening so keep on the lookout. I too will stop by in the future to test out the brewery portion of their business first hand and maybe… just maybe they’ll remember me! 🙂
You can find this brilliant new collection of artwork on FREE display for all to see on US-1 at Mile Marker 80.95 oceanside.
Where can you find the LARGEST FISH in the Keys? Some say it can be found in the Atlantic Ocean while others will swear up and down that it’s in the Gulf of Mexico, yet some will even pinpoint a specific location of the Keys like Islamorada. Well, I’m here to tell you they’re all wrong… and I’ll be the first person ever to guarantee such a sighting at a Mile Marker of all places!
Contrary to popular belief, some fish are found on dry land! This one pictured here is the LARGEST FISH IN THE KEYS! Located at Mile Marker 49.4 bayside on US-1. So stop on by and fire up that video camera and gather around the Giant Fish for the video that will verify your wild vacation fish story.
Have you ever seen a six foot tall tattoo gun? Well I hadn’t either till a few weekends ago!
I’ve previously posted blogs on the Southernmost Tattoo shop in the Continental United States, an academy award winning movie the Rose Tattoo but never on a tattoo gun. Even though I’ve past this dozens of times in my life, it took till this time driving through the parking lot to photograph it.
You can find the Florida Keys LARGEST tattoo gun on the outside wall’s entrance of Fire Ink Tattoo at Mile Marker 103.1 bayside on US-1.
Celebrity food connoisseur Adam Richmond, the host of Travel Channel’s Man-vs-Food was in the Keys a few years ago filming an episode featuring the Hogfish sandwich and Key Largo’s Conch Fritter eating contest.
As you can see by the featured photo, this is a massive sandwich, the fresh daily catch of Hogfish is fried golden brown and served on a slab of Cuban Bread topped with mushrooms, swiss cheese, sautéed onions, lettuce & tomatoes. Sound yummy, just ask my better half who devoured the meal in record time and already wants to go back for another one… IT WAS THAT GOOD! You also get a healthy heaping of fries along with a quartered pickle to round out your meal.
The atmosphere at this waterfront destination is superb beginning with the tiki-hut frame with open-air seating is nothing less than down-home. Though the restaurant has yet to put up photos from Adam’s visit, the influx of groupies (including us) were all influenced to take in a trip to the Hogfish Bar & Grill by seeing the episode on TV. In the first 10-days after its airing, the manager said that over 300 people have come here solely from seeing it on TV. That’s the power of advertising… ok, that’s the power of FREE advertisement from the mouth of Adam Richmond! 🙂
You can find the Hogfish Bar & Grill by going to Mile Marker 5 on US-1 bayside turning at the Burger King, 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 exactly beside the famous Crankshaft Man blogged about earlier.
The Florida Keys are full of beautiful gates to private homes and resorts… this is one of them!
There’s a featured mangrove tree growing in the ocean showing its long extending legs from the surface to the ocean floor. There’s also a barracuda, jellyfish, school of small fish, along with the face of President Barack Obama… OK, I made that one up to see if you were paying attention. 🙂 Can you find all of them?
You can find this FREE for the viewing ornate gate at Mile Marker 53.0 bayside behind Advance Auto Parts on the corner of 117 Street & 1st Avenue guarding the entrance to the Indigo Reef Resort.
Headstone In Bar
Does your bar have a real cemetery headstone in it? Well this one does, so belly on up to the bar partner and listen to a smorgasbord of whale tales, pranks, lies, and off the cuff made up stories that they might be dishing out for todays customer consumption here at Capt. Tony’s Saloon on 428 Greene Street in Key West!
Here lies Reba I. Sawyer 1900-1950 or so they say. One of the most repeated stories (though the bartender I spoke to doubts that it really happened that way) says that Reba was having an affair with a man for a number of years at this particular bar, she passed away leaving love notes behind unwillingly confessing her sins. The husband upon reading them went to the grave site and removed her headstone and trucked down to the front window of the bar and tossed it in where it sits today. If you believe that I’ve got some beachfront property in Arizona I’d love to sell you and I’ll throw the Golden Gate Bridge in for FREE! 🙂 If you’ve ever picked up a headstone (and who hasn’t) 🙂 I doubt if you could even move it several inches, but that’s neither here nor there. There’s no body beneath the headstone as some say nor was this the sight of an old cemetery plot as others wish you to believe… merely a GREAT publicity stunt no matter the real story. So I encourage you to drop on by and collect your photo with Reba while doing your best Capt. Morgan pose on the side of her tombstone as 1,000’s have done before. I love it, it’s an AWESOME conversation piece… so DON’T MISS IT. It’s FREE to stop on by and worth your time to be where Hemingway himself might have once sat!
Do you like Island Food? If so, then I’ve found one of the newest eateries in Key West just for you! Island food would be considered Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba or any other of the islands in the Caribbean.
Though I’ve not eaten there yet, it’s definitely on my list for a future visit… YUM YUM Jerk Chicken! Hey, you don’t have to be hungry to stop on by either because the sign says eats & BAR! 🙂 If you look close at their sign you’ll be greeted by an extra bonus for those souvenir photo-ops, there’s actually a waterfall behind the sign and within the jungle-type foliage.
You can find the Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar smack dab on the corner of the Bahama Village Market on Petronia Street a few blocks southwest of Duval Street in Key West.
Wow was I blown away by this! Driving down a street for the first time looking for anything of interest and OH MY GOSH seeing something out of the corner of my eye I slammed on the brakes! (OK, gently pressed) Backing up to the previous house I couldn’t believe what was standing in front of me… a CAMEL! This is probably the only CAMEL in the entire Florida Keys and I found it especially for YOU! 🙂
You too can stop by and see the Key’s Camel for FREE at Mile Marker 87.5 bayside by turning onto Palm Lane. Drive slow and you’ll see it about a 1/4 mile down on your left. No riding the camel please, it sits on private property.