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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 08-02-2015, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looking for fly/ride to Key West advice

Hey kids,
Looking to plan a trip for me and the wifey to celebrate our 10 year anniversary in the fall. Looking at the first week of November flying into Miami Thursday night, dinner and hotel. Renting at RG at local dealer (do they rent used, as I want nothing to do with the 15s!) and head to key west for the weekend.
I've never rented a bike, or been to key west. Any advice/insight/tips on where to stay, eat, activities would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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Terry, if your wife doesn't want to go, I'll volunteer. Definitely a great place for a 3-5 day get-away. Always a good time atmosphere on Key West. Lots of good food places from bar burger cheap to "just caught today" expensive seafood places. Although I was driving a car, on the times I drove from Homestead down to Key West, I can tell you that the most difficult part of riding a bike down there will be to concentrate on the road and not be gawking off at the water, boats, and bikinis. Very easy to get distracted here and there. Enjoy the trip.

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Go to Blue Heaven at 729 Thomas St in Key West. Take your time riding down to key west. There are plenty of cool bars to stop at. Stop at Robbie's in Islamorada and feed the Tarpon. As for hotels, they are all expensive. The ighthouse in key west is nice and its across from the Hemingway house. The Key Lime Inn is a mansion that was converted to a hotel.
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The obligatory picture at the Southernmost Point, Sunset at Mallory Square, Crawl Duval St.
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The obligatory picture at the Southernmost Point, Sunset at Mallory Square, Crawl Duval St.
I saw a picture a while back that looked like they had placed guard rails around the Southernmost Point so you couldn't get a bike close enough to take a picture. Does anyone know for sure if that's so?


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One tip I have is to take the Card sound cutoff, the traffic over the bridge to the first key gets backed up to a dead stop most days much easier going over the Card Sound bridge and nicer ride.
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One of the brides favorite places in the world is Islamorada.

We've stayed at Pelican Cove a couple times over the years. Found it down there scuba diving the wrecks in the 90's. Stayed in a condo near Key Largo the 3rd time down, no rooms south of there that weekend. Lesson learned there was "MAKE RESERVATIONS" prior to blastoff. 250 a night is a common rate if you can see the water,but P/Cove is 50 ft from the gulf side. Key West is a crazy place sometimes. Been twice. We walked out the old Six mile bridge aways, and one night we watched the fishing boats come in with whatever they had caught that day. Watched 5 guys on adventure BMW's head out onto the new 6 mile bridge, last guy in line yanked a wheelie and rode into the sunset..

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Thanks for your insight so far. Any other favorite spots to stay? I'm going to call for reservations later this week.

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Look into staying in Big Pine Key, much cheaper and very close to Key West. In Key West park the bike and rent a scooter, very cheap and easier to get around on. Go to Hog's Breath Saloon and watch the sunset from Mallory Square, you will regret it if you don't do the square.

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Almost forgot, look for key deer in Big Pine, they are protected but very friendly and will come right up to you, they love corn chips.

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