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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key Largo February 24th 2014

After a nice complimentary breakfast, we packed out of the Pelican, bought shampoo and KeyLime juice at the drugstore and headed over to Pennekamp Park. We joined the 12.15, 2 1/2 hour tour to Dry rock and snorkled all the way to a Corcovado under the sea. The boat let us out down tide from the site, I had trouble swimming against the current( I should have rented fins like dad did and told me to do- but I did not!) Terry pulled me part of the way, I saw it and then let the current carry me back to the boat. Lovely fan corrals, people saw sharks and turtles. We are now ensconced in the Sunset Cove Beach Resort, next door to the Pelican, with a lovely view of the bay and the back of ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West February 24th 2014

Geo: 24.5541, -81.801To get to Easter Island (our next big Wow) we need to catch a plane ride that starts in Miami. It turns out that despite being one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world a lot of folks want to drop in for a visit. The earliest take-it-or-leave-it flight from Santiago to Easter Island wasn't going to happen for 3 weeks so we decided to take a quick spin around Florida. DH has identified a number of friends that will be somewhere in Florida during our visit (big surprise- Canadians in Florida during the winter) so we used their locations to sketch out our route. Before socializing we decided to start at the very bottom of the state with a handful of days in Key West, which, for me, is a fun ... read more
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Typical Key West Homes

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key Largo February 23rd 2014

After Terry read new scary reviews about Boatel, we were not expecting much, it was worse. Poor Terry has wanted this for a year and when we got there he was truly insenced and dissappointed. Thank God I can't walk ( after my fall down the stairs a few weeks before the trip), we were able to get out of our contract. The boat was 3 levels and down a steep incline. From the bedroom, down to the kitchen, I could not negociate the 3step circular staircase. Then on the outside, the deck leading to the back balcony was a mere foot wide and we would then have to climb a ladder to get to the top deck, in full sun all day. Then there is the view! Overlooking their fleet of dirty old boat and ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key Largo February 23rd 2014

Nice quiet and warm... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys February 11th 2014

Days 5-8 – Key West, Cayman Islands, 2 Sea Days Since our last blog we have experienced tow shore stops and two sea days. Our first stop was Key West, just a short cruise around the tip of Florida, where we spent the day in port. The ship docked right adjacent to the center of town and since we had stopped here on a previous cruise we knew our way around. After a leisurely breakfast we went ashore to go exploring on our own having passed up purchasing any of the arranged excursions. We had a very enjoyable time doing a self-guided tour of the Audubon House. The house built in 1830 by the Harbor Master Capt. John Geiger and was visited by John J. Audubon in 1832 when he came to Key West and painted ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys February 8th 2014

Day 4 Blog – Ft. Lauderdale – Departure Day As with most departure days there was a whole lot of rushing around making sure everything was repacked and that we didn’t forget anything. And then we waited – waited for a shuttle van; waited in heavy traffic going in to the Port; waited in line to go through screening; waited in line to have our documents be processed then suddenly we were walking aboard. It’s interesting how quickly you get back into the rhythm of ship life. We found our cabin, unpacked our hand luggage filled in our shore excursion form, which I took to the Excursion Office while Brooke went off to the Lido for lunch. After our light lunch we headed off to take part in some of the tours that they were offering ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West February 7th 2014

It would have been a long drive on a busy road and 42 bridges across the Keys to get to Key West so my clever Suzanne found a day trip coach tour for us from Miami. Great - no driving for me - I could watch the ocean slip by on both sides as we drove across these long bridges connecting this long chain of islands...and I could have a beer. It has become our custom as well as sampling the cocktails to seek out the local beers wherever we are- good plan especially in hot weather. So our pick up point for the tour was only a block away from our nice little motel at 6.15 am and off we went . A long day on the coach but giving us 6 hours in Key ... read more
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Love these pelicans

North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West February 3rd 2014

After over 6 weeks on the road, freezing in Nashville and Bella Vista, jacket weather in TX, LA, MS, AL and the Panhandle of FL, and after 3 days of rain in Cape Coral, we have finally found summer. And not just any summer, but the laid back summer Jimmy Buffet sings about, "changes in latitude; changes in attitude," The Keys! I've been to Florida many times, but this is my first time in the Keys. We left Homestead around 9:00 am on Sunday, Feb. 2 (yes, it was Super Bowl Sunday) and headed south on Card Sound Road instead of Highway 1 because the waitress at Capri the night before had recommended we go that way. Less crowded, she said, and more scenic - mangrove swamps instead of concrete. This bridge had a $1 toll, ... read more
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North America » United States » Florida » Keys » Key West January 20th 2014

North America » United States » Florida » Keys January 15th 2014

So why Florida, I hear you wondering. One reason is Miami, which I am now compelled to add to Barcelona, San Francisco, Amsterdam and others on my short list of favorite cities. An endless white beach separates the Atlantic from a wall of skyscrapers. This is Miami Beach, a narrow archipelago separated from the rest of Miami by Biscayne Bay. Miami Beach is paved with money. The waterways are lined with absurdly large mansions -- yachts parked out back, Bentleys out front. No place to squeeze an extra guest for this weekend's bash? No problem. There are plenty of absurdly lavish hotels a few blocks away. And no one needs to be more than a two-minute walk from their broker's office. Sitting on the white powder beach in front of the Fontainebleau, watching a ... read more
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