Key West

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Following the drive down the Florida Keys, we stayed overnight in Key West at Papa’s Hideaway. I managed to research and book this bed and breakfast less than 24 hours in advance. Most inns have a minimum night stay, or bust the budget for us poor college students, but Papa’s Hideaway was a hidden, and economical, gem. Located just a few blocks from the busy section of Duval St, and within walking distance to the Southernmost Point, the bed and breakfast gave us refuge from the noise without lacking any Key West charm. Breakfast was simple–nothing homemade, simply boxed cereal, bagels, or toast. However, that was all we needed.

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Wandering the city on foot is the best way to view the city, both in terms of people-watching and architecture. Despite eating breakfast at Papa’s Hideaway, we snuck in another meal at the Six Toed Cat Café.

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No Key West trip is complete without a slice of Key Lime Pie:

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On our way back up the Keys, we serendipitously happened upon this:

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We reached Key Largo just in time to catch yet another beautiful sunset:

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Drivin’ the Keys

Please excuse my tardiness in posting. I was driving down the Florida Keys this past week:

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And if you know me well, you know that the first thing I do when traveling is research where to eat.

Cue: Sparky’s Landing, in Key Colony Beach, at US 1 mile marker 53.5.

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The mojitos were fresh, but the conch fritters stole the show:

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Fried shrimp, a fish sandwich, and grilled shrimp salad were also enjoyable, and a fitting welcome to the Florida Keys:

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Of course, before we sat down to eat, we had to make a pitstop at Robbie’s Marina in Islamorada at US1 mile marker 77.5. Whether ecologically-sound or not, feeding tarpon and getting attacked by pelicans was the most entertaining $2 of my life:

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After a long morning of eating, and watching tarpon eat, it was time to take a nap at Bahia Honda State Park. Despite being too windy to snorkel, it provided a great spot to rest in the sun:

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We arrived in Key West just in time for the perfect finale to our day:

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