Tropical Paradise – Key West

Key West Florida

I would like to start this with an intercept from my previous post.

Well, I still could not digest that my vacation is over and I am back to the same old infinite routine. Work -> Home -> Work. If you had read my previous post (Baked Wonton wraps with Potato peas masala) you would have known that we were in Florida keys to celebrate my birthday. To be precise we spent 3 days in Key West and 1 day in Miami. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Key West, it was a sheer tropical bliss. If you ever plan to visit Key West, I would recommend you to drive from Miami and when there is plenty of daylight. Though it takes 3+ hrs to reach the fag end of United states and you will drive at a speed not more that 55 miles per hour and some times 35, your eyes will thank you for the tropical treat that you will come across.  We reached Miami around 11.30 in the night and we decided to drive to key west the same night. We rented a convertible Mustang and hit the road past midnight. It was pitch dark when we entered one of the five  islands key largo. And from then on we knew we were traveling along the shore. Trust me it was no fun.  All I knew was we were surrounded by sea water on both sides and there were bridges built on the ocean to reach our destination.  One such bridge was 7 mile long. I am not kidding. There was no sign of land when we were driving over that bridge. Damn, it was scary. But my instinct told me that I was missing something in the dark. We realized that it was true when we drove back from Key west to Miami during the day.  The only thing you will see is the gorgeous azure and turquoise ocean,  small inhabited islands in the ocean, coconut and palm trees, quaint little towns and some abandoned bridges. I am fascinated at the man made creations like those sturdy bridges and God for everything beautiful around me.

When we arrived at Key West it was almost 3 in the morning. We checked in at a ocean view suite. We were damn tired that we hit the bed as soon as we stepped into our room. Inspite of sleeping late, I woke up around 8.30 (I can’t survive without 8 hrs sleep).  I was so excited to go around the town I think. When we were ready to step out, it was almost time for our afternoon meal so we decided to drive to Mallory square for our lunch. After roaming around for a bit, we found a Caribbean restaurant. It looked so promising from outside. The entrance of the restaurant was misty. In most of the open restaurants, there was a misty water sprinkler to keep the area cool. I thought it was a brilliant idea. We were cordially welcomed and seated. Their menu sounded fantastic and we ordered Conch Fritters, Chicken Soup, Trinidad Chicken curry and pineapple lemonade. We were lucky to spot this good restaurant. But I would recommend that you research about the restaurants in this town even before reaching here. That will help you to save some time and money. After a scrumptious lunch we went around for sight seeing.

On the first day we visited

The KeyWest Butterfly and Nature conservatory,

Southern most point in U.S &

Mallory Square (Sunset Celeberation) – It was cloudy and we couldn’t see the sunset :(

Key West Florida

Key West Florida

Florida Key West

Florida Keywest

Florida Key WestFlorida Key West - Nature and Butterfly conservatory

Keywest

Keywest

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Keywest

The husband

Key West - Southernmost point

KeyWest

Key West

Key West

Key West

Key West - Mallory Square

Keywest

On the second day we visited one of the most gorgeous island Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National Park, 70 miles from Keywest. The cruise leaves at 8.00 in the morning and returns at 5.30 in the evening.

If you are planning to visit this Island, I would recommend you to book your tickets atleast couple of days before arriving key west. Yankee’s is the only cruise that is allowed to take tourists to Dry tortugas and the seats get filled pretty fast.  Also, if you wish you can camp in Dry Tortugas island for a day or two. It must be really adventurous to stay in a island surrounded by gulf of mexico.  But we chose not to camp.  Though breakfast and lunch is served in the cruise, you might want to pack your own food/snacks especially if you are a vegetarian. It takes 3 hrs to reach the island and if you are lucky you can see quite a lot of flying fish and sea turtles. We were able to spot few dozens of flying fish 😀 Since I got sea sick I couldn’t sit even for a minute in the boat. I had to stand outside the air-conditioned room for the entire trip. If I was a cookie I would have definitely baked to perfection standing out in the hot sun :) Though I got sick, it was totally worth going to this secluded island. The Fort Jefferson is surrounded by azure and turquoise beach and it is a hub of rare coral reefs, marine life and birds. The sea water was pristine and clear that you could actually see the fish and coral reefs. If you wish to Snorkel, you can get the snorkeling gears free of cost in the Island. Even if you are not comfortable swimming, you can hire these gears stand in knee deep water and plunge into the water to see those rare and beautiful coral leaves and fish. Okay that is what I did. Though I knew swimming I couldn’t really swim in the salty water wearing all those gears. The husband did some snorkeling and he thoroughly enjoyed it. After going around the fort and snorkeling it was time to board the cruise. Again I got sick and threw up whatever I ate. When we reached Key West I was almost tired and craving for some good food. So we decided to visit a floating Thai restaurant along the harbor. We liked the food and if at all we visit key west again we will definitely go back to this place.

Key West - Cuban Coffee queen

Key West  - Dry Tortugas National Park

Key West - Dry Tortugas and Port Jefferson

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National park

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson National park

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

Though there were hundreds of coconut tree, I couldn’t find even a single place selling fresh tender coconut water :( My sad story

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

Snorkelling - Dry Tortugas

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson

On third day we roamed around a little bit and  we bid good bye to the most gorgeous town and drove back to Miami :( Personally Miami was not our kind of place. Both of us did not like this city. It definitely didn’t live up to its hype. And if you want to eat Indian food, never visit ‘House of India’. Their service literally sucks. I am kind of person who doesn’t lose temper at a bad service. But these people were so bad that we decided to walk out without eating their food. I would never want to eat in a restaurant where there is no respect for another human being.

Key West - Abandoned Bridge

Miami - South Beach

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