Pictured above is the famous 7 mile bridge you have to cross to get to Key West.
Key West is expensive, we knew our time here was going to be short and most of it would be spent at Dry Tortugas National Park so I booked us a private room in a Hostel. This was my first Hostel stay and I would totally recommend trying one out on your next vacation. There was a courtyard where travelers gathered to play games and converse as well as a community kitchen which came in handy when we realized we did not have a fork for our key lime pie we wanted to snack on. They also had bicycle rentals which is a must to get around the island. The only downside was the wifi was weak.
The first thing we did after checking in was grab bikes and hit the streets. We stopped first at a pier and then rode over to the Key West Museum. This was the one request my son had. He loves the paranormal and wanted to see Robert the Doll. You will have to click on the link to see him as I did not want to chance taking a picture of the doll and forever cursing my family. There are letters and stories posted inside the museum which is housed in a fort about visitors misfortunes, along with letters to Robert begging forgiveness. I did not want to invite that kind of Karma.
All of the pictures I took of Robert's area of the museum were blurry...coincidence?
Leaving the museum we biked down a nature path to a tiny beach. Lobster traps are everywhere in the Keys. I did happen to see a lobster in our snorkel lagoon in Key Largo. That was cool!
We tried to biking over to Hemmingway's Home but they were closing so this is all I got to see. No kitty pets for me.
We then cleaned up and headed over to Robin and Art's house, went to dinner and then had a whirlwind tour of Key West that evening! It was fantastic to have a locals guide to the area.
Worlds smallest bar had the best Key Lime shots!
The next day we had to get up early to ferry to the Dry Tortugas (next post!). After that excursion we rode our bikes through the Key West Cemetery where we found more chickens and a plethora of iguanas.
We rode our bikes back over to sunset pier our last night but a storm rolled in so we found a dive with a Grateful Dead cover band and yummy food and chilled until the rain stopped.
On our way out of town we snapped one last picture from Mile Marker 0. Only 864 miles until we are home!