Holy Tropical Storm! Debby sure has shaken up us Floridians and reminded us what hurricane season is like. We got into Cape Coral from Key West Sunday night at around 8 p.m. and I’d already been keeping track of the storm. Once we saw how bad it really was we decided to just stay the night and get up early to see if Debby had calmed down any. 5 a.m. came awfully quickly. The Skyway bridge was still closed from the night before and there were still tornado watches and patches of heavy rain. But we decided to go ahead and try to make it back to St. Pete.
By the time we reached the Skyway it was still closed. We pulled off for a while to see if it’d open back up, but no luck. So we made our way up I-75 and took the Causeway to Gandy all the way back, which is an extra whole hour tacked on to our drive. Needless to say we were both late for work and were exhausted.
But we had a great weekend in Key West!
We decided to drive there…it really isn’t as bad as you’d think! We drove down to Cape Coral the night before, got up at 5:30 a.m., were on the road by 6 a.m. and in Key West by Noon. We had five people (Myself, Jon, his sister, Tori, our friend, Nick and his girlfriend, Ashley) total so between naps, conversation and goofing off the drive flew by.
I’ve been to Key West 2 other times and each time we go we always stop at Robbie’s in Islamorada. This time was no different.
It’s a great place to stretch your legs. They have cute stands with clothes, art and trinkets. You come to see the tarpon though.
It’s $1 to see them and almost $3 to get a pail of fish to feed them. We’ve all fed them before so we decided just to visit them. They’re SO big…the pictures don’t do their size justice.
Hungry pelicans looking on.
All the stuff that people have dropped in the water.
This may be a touristy stop, but it’s so fun!
We stayed at the Crowne Plaza La Concha. I had won a 2 night stay certificate through work 🙂
I wish I had gotten more photos of the hotel. Our room was so nice, but the instant we got in all of our stuff was everywhere, which didn’t make for nice photos. They had just redone their rooms and we all loved the furnishings and decorations. The room was very tasteful and classy. The only problem was that it was small! The hotel was built in the ’20s so I think that was why. There was a king bed and a good size couch. We thought about upgrading to a suite, but figured that we wouldn’t be in the room much so it didn’t really matter too much to us.
You couldn’t beat the location of this place! Located right on Duval it’s an easy walk to everything. And the staff was really nice and helpful during our whole stay. And the hotel itself is beautiful. There’s also a nice looking casual restaurant and a Starbucks adjacent to the Lobby. We didn’t go to either, but nice to know that they’re there.
After we dropped our stuff off in our room we were ready to seek out lunch. Myself and Jon’s sister Tori like to plan ahead so we already had a few places in mind. We decided to find local Five Brothers Grocery, who is supposed to have the best cuban sandwiches. It’s a small place that’s part grocery store part sandwich shop. Family run by…you guessed it…five brothers 🙂
Unfortunately, we were all a bit disappointed. These cubans were far from the best ever. They were just ok, but we all downed them because we were so hungry. I think it was the pork…it was flavorless and not a good texture.
After lunch we found a small grocery store to pick some supplies for the weekend. Then we headed back to the hotel for some pool time. It was sprinkling, but we made the best of it. A downside to the hotel pool area…no hot tub! We really wanted a soak in one. The pool area also seemed like it needed a bit of a facelift. It just didn’t match the rest of the hotel very well. It’s a small area too, but not a lot of people were using it so it was never crowded.
After getting cleaned up we were ready to hit up the bars. Our first stop was one of our favorites, Irish Kevin’s. There’s always an entertaining musician playing and the place has a great atmosphere.
It started to downpour on our way there…it had been misting all day. Luckily, it’s Key West and you don’t really have to worry about looking your best 😉
We started to get hungry so our next stop was Hog’s Breath Saloon. I’d never been and was afraid it would be really touristy and not be good. Luckily I was wrong!
We started off with onion rings and conch fritters for apps. Nothing amazing, but good.
For an entree I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was awesome! Pork was tender and delicious and loved the homemade chips. I didn’t have the coleslaw. I also had a bite of Jon’s burger and it was one of the best I’ve ever had. The atmosphere is pretty cool here to. Typical divey Key West.
Our next stop was Captain Tony’s, which is famous for all the bras they have hanging from the ceiling.
They also had tons of business cards and photos stapled to the wall. We had the most fun here. They had a few arcade games and a foosball table and we played a pretty rowdy round of foosball. So fun!
We were exhausted from our long day of travel so we decided to head back to the hotel and get a good night’s sleep after Tony’s.
Part 2 coming up next!