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Title: Key West Master Thread
Post by: arie on April 10, 2011, 01:00:45 AM
anyone know anything interesting to do in key west/the keys?
Title: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: travel247 on April 26, 2012, 09:35:14 PM
anyone know anything interesting to do in key west/the keys?

This is the only mention of Key West in the forums. I am heading down there on Mother's Day to the Hyatt Winward Point using a Hyatt Elite certificate at $249 per night for a 2 Bdrm condo!  Price for one night is listed at $502 + tax, resort fees

I'll try to post about my trip....
Title: Re: Re: South Florida Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 26, 2012, 09:37:36 PM
This is the only mention of Key West in the forums. I am heading down there on Mother's Day to the Hyatt Winward Point using a Hyatt Elite certificate at $249 per night for a 2 Bdrm condo!  Price for one night is listed at $502 + tax, resort fees

I'll try to post about my trip....

Sounds fun. I've wanted to go to Key West many times and have still not made it down there. Have a great time! Enjoy your condo and take pics!
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: E on April 26, 2012, 10:01:35 PM
Key west is great have been there a few times, stayed in the crown plaza and the reach resort both very nice, try the water in the lobby of the reach, there is kosher food in the grocery on the main st
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: travel247 on April 27, 2012, 12:51:06 AM
Key west is great have been there a few times, stayed in the crown plaza and the reach resort both very nice, try the water in the lobby of the reach, there is kosher food in the grocery on the main st

Do you remember the grocery name? Was it Publix? How about the one kosher restaurant?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: A3 on April 27, 2012, 01:26:40 AM
the kosher restaurant doesnt look like much. Decent if you want a hot meal. supposedly on Duval street(the main street there) more towards the water... there is some sort of Israely makolet... There is also Publix and Winn Dixie, where you can get alot of kosher food.. not sure about meat though...You can also ways the lady in the restaurant.. or most store owners, as most are Israely.
And if your on Duval past 11:30 let us know how it is..When we were there, we ust went back to the hotel to chill then.. WE stayed at the Sheraton Suites, there was a hotel bus that took us to the strip and gave us alot of coupon to buy on get on free drinks in most bars there.. but the last bus was at 11 so we left then. Although the cab prob would not have been so expensive. The main street was kind of "dragging" on if you know what I mean.. Or maybe you will figure it out there..

Anyways have fun, water sports are cheaper then in Miami
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: stevep on April 28, 2012, 11:32:07 PM
I was ther in Early March.Stayed at Sheraton Suites. Did a dolphin swim at Dolphin Cove. It was $185 and deff. worth it to do it once. Also did parasailing right across the street from the sheraton. Its the cheapest place there and they were very nice. Butterfly conservatory was big waste of money, even though I enjoy these things. 
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: sky121 on April 28, 2012, 11:34:07 PM
anyone know anything interesting to do in key west/the keys?


Ever since I was a kid this was on my list of places to visit.  I haven't gotten there just yet... but I am hoping to in the coming year.


http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm (http://www.nps.gov/drto/index.htm)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Fan of Dan on April 29, 2012, 01:23:59 AM
every time I am in Miami I think about it but have yet to make it down there. Maybe you guys can convince me.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Drago on January 08, 2013, 03:47:15 AM
Bumping this thread.

Anyone else have thoughts about visiting Key West in April.
Pros/Cons over south florida?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Slims on January 27, 2013, 08:45:59 AM
my wife and went on a cruise that ported at key west and we had a really nice time. theres a shul a restaurant and amazing jet skiing. i paid 120$ and we were out for like 2 and half hour and circled the whole key west which is about 8 miles. you can walk any where and its a real touristy town. lots of gift shop and small shops catered to drawn in tourist. i dont remember which hotel it was but i think it was the hilton that right next to a prison! great vacation spot would go back any day.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 26, 2013, 05:49:13 PM
hi i am thinking of going to key west in beginning of february. i see there is not much info over here. doing my research it seems like those are the hotels to consider, hyatt west key, hawks cay resort, casa marina, or the pier house. i might use points for the hyatt but am willing to pay cash. also is a car necessary?

any tips recommendations for attractions are much appreciated
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 26, 2013, 05:54:03 PM
also what about kosher food and shabbos food
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on December 26, 2013, 05:59:34 PM
Did a day trip to Key West last February. The drive through the Keys is pretty spectacular.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 26, 2013, 06:02:13 PM
also how many days is needed (not limited but dont wanna overstay)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: sam28 on December 27, 2013, 12:26:12 AM
I was there for 3 days over enough just a nice place to relax. And the way to key west is very nice. Also watch out of a speeding ticket on the way
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: avi h on December 27, 2013, 01:10:12 AM
Drive from where and how far
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on December 27, 2013, 10:13:44 AM
Drive from where and how far
Drive from Miami is about 150 Miles and takes about 3 1/2 hours
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: metziah on December 28, 2013, 07:46:21 PM

Drive from Miami is about 150 Miles and takes about 3 1/2 hours
And you're driving about 45 mph for most of the way!!!
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on December 28, 2013, 07:50:49 PM
And you're driving about 45 mph for most of the way!!!
+1
Route 1 is crawling with smokies
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: metziah on December 28, 2013, 08:05:23 PM

+1
Route 1 is crawling with smokies
Yeah, I was going out if my mind when I did that drive. Especially when I planned the drive for night time when I was hoping to make tracks!! Literally every 2 miles was another cop.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: safsel on January 02, 2014, 06:11:22 PM
does anyone know, if i am travelling down from mia to key west do i need to buy a sun pass or are there cash tolls along the way?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Nitantnel on January 02, 2014, 06:21:51 PM
does anyone know, if i am travelling down from mia to key west do i need to buy a sun pass or are there cash tolls along the way?

IME you need quarters. I had to get change from the guy behind me   :-[
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on January 07, 2014, 02:17:36 AM
Are there any other Kosher restaurants besides Mams? Are cholov yisroel products available there? Also, I booked the Hyatt key west resort and spa for points. Were any of you ever there?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: aarony on January 07, 2014, 06:02:25 PM
Check the chabad website I think there is a shwarma place.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: safsel on January 11, 2014, 09:52:02 PM
IME you need quarters. I had to get change from the guy behind me   :-[

update; there is no option to pay with cash/ change anymore. they only offer pay-by-plate or sunpass. i would advise carefully checking what the terms of using the pay-by-plate/ sunpass option the rental car "offers" (IME w/ hertz very pricey!).

i ended up taking highway 1. took an additional 45 min. i was trying to contact hertz to ask if i were to buy my own sunpass ($4.99 in any cvs) would it work or would i be charged anyway from hertz but was unable to reach anyone who possessed the knowledge to answer this (or any of my) question(s).



Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on January 11, 2014, 11:45:37 PM
update; there is no option to pay with cash/ change anymore. they only offer pay-by-plate or sunpass. i would advise carefully checking what the terms of using the pay-by-plate/ sunpass option the rental car "offers" (IME w/ hertz very pricey!).

i ended up taking highway 1. took an additional 45 min. i was trying to contact hertz to ask if i were to buy my own sunpass ($4.99 in any cvs) would it work or would i be charged anyway from hertz but was unable to reach anyone who possessed the knowledge to answer this (or any of my) question(s).
Hertz will charge your credit card for the tolls if you don't get a sunpass.

Happened to me last year.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on January 14, 2014, 12:22:31 AM
I see there are two restaurants on the chabad site. One is Mams, and the other one is Rons shishkebob. Both are supposedly Glat Kosher. Any reviews on what to order?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: safsel on January 14, 2014, 12:22:56 PM
I see there are two restaurants on the chabad site. One is Mams, and the other one is Rons shishkebob. Both are supposedly Glat Kosher. Any reviews on what to order?

We (wife and I) went to mams. Very relaxed atmosphere. I got falafel, really not bad. Wife got schnitzel. If your looking for upscale dining then don't go to key west :) however if your looking for decent fast food....
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on January 14, 2014, 12:26:40 PM
We (wife and I) went to mams. Very relaxed atmosphere. I got falafel, really not bad. Wife got schnitzel. If your looking for upscale dining then don't go to key west :) however if your looking for decent fast food....
I don't expect upscale dining but just need to know if I should bring along frozen food for dinner or rather rely on those "restaurants". From what I'm hearing, I guess it's decent enough.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on February 18, 2014, 09:38:41 AM
Went already. The food in Mams was actually pretty tasty. Definitely not upper scale though and it feels like your sitting in a front yard in front of a small cottage which is the kitchen. Things may get overwhelming as it's one older lady cooking, serving, cleaning, and taking money all at once. But they do close too early. I think she closes at 6, which makes it perfect for lunches but not so perfect for supper. So I took along pomegranate frozen meals for supper which was great. (One note: Not all the rolls are Pas Yisroel.)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: nacho2100 on April 01, 2014, 12:20:04 PM
Some other great things to explore are the Hemingway house and truman's house. There's also the closest point to Cuba which is a great photop in a nice walking area.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on April 01, 2014, 06:09:01 PM
Some other great things to explore are the Hemingway house and truman's house. There's also the closest point to Cuba which is a great photop in a nice walking area.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 14, 2014, 09:35:36 PM
Thinking of heading down to the keys for a few days, Anybody have Hotel recommendations, preferably Hyatt, ihg or starwoods?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on December 14, 2014, 09:44:34 PM
Thinking of heading down to the keys for a few days, Anybody have Hotel recommendations, preferably Hyatt, ihg or starwoods?
I stayed twice at the Hyatt resort and spa. Loved it. Great location and plenty to do there as well such as the beautiful sunset sail boat cruise, jet skiing, bike and moped rentals. And their spa is amazing as well.
Title: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 14, 2014, 09:45:52 PM
I stayed twice at the Hyatt resort and spa. Loved it. Great location and plenty to do there as well such as the beautiful sunset sail boat cruise, jet skiing, bike and moped rentals. And their spa is amazing as well.
thanks, worth using free cc signup nights?
Also, how big are the rooms I'm going with 2 kids  are the rooms big enough?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: reed on December 14, 2014, 11:49:15 PM
thanks, worth using free cc signup nights?
Also, how big are the rooms I'm going with 2 kids  are the rooms big enough?

When you going?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 14, 2014, 11:50:58 PM

When you going?
Looking at Jan.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Adlebo on December 15, 2014, 01:00:38 AM
thanks, worth using free cc signup nights?
Also, how big are the rooms I'm going with 2 kids  are the rooms big enough?
Rooms are nice and roomy. This Hyatt is the highest category in the state of Florida so I think it's definitely worth the signup nights.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: safsel on December 15, 2014, 01:43:03 PM
Thinking of heading down to the keys for a few days, Anybody have Hotel recommendations, preferably Hyatt, ihg or starwoods?

We stayed in hyatt beach house. plenty of space for two kids kinda private beach and dock. really pleasant. used sign up nights
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 15, 2014, 05:28:19 PM
Looking at Jan.

I'll be down there in Jan at the Sheraton Suites (Jan 14-19)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 15, 2014, 05:31:36 PM

I'll be down there in Jan at the Sheraton Suites (Jan 14-19)
Oh, We'll just miss each other, if I go, I'm going in the 20th. Let me know of any hot tips you pick up ;)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: HeavenlyJane on December 15, 2014, 06:02:58 PM
We're going to be in KW during the first week of January 2015. I've never heard of Ron's Shish Kabobs; is it a fast food, sit down or take-out place? I assume it's different than Mam's which we've enjoyed before.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sport on December 15, 2014, 10:48:26 PM
We stayed in hyatt beach house. plenty of space for two kids kinda private beach and dock. really pleasant. used sign up nights
I just got off phone with HGP rep who told me that sign up nights/hgp points cant be redeemed at residence clubs. How did you pull that off?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: David B on December 16, 2014, 12:36:50 PM
We're going to be in KW during the first week of January 2015. I've never heard of Ron's Shish Kabobs; is it a fast food, sit down or take-out place? I assume it's different than Mam's which we've enjoyed before.

Whatever it is, I do not believe it exists.  It's not listed on the Chabad Keys site, and the phone number under that name on Yelp is a disconnected number..
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: safsel on December 16, 2014, 12:47:20 PM
I just got off phone with HGP rep who told me that sign up nights/hgp points cant be redeemed at residence clubs. How did you pull that off?

honestly dont know my friend ddf member ahecht37 made res for me but definitely used sign up nights. maybe HUCA?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: PlatinumGuy on March 01, 2015, 03:16:32 AM
Is The Marker the nicest hotel in town? Any top hotels within walking distance to shabbos minyan?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 16, 2016, 07:52:16 PM
I just got off phone with HGP rep who told me that sign up nights/hgp points cant be redeemed at residence clubs. How did you pull that off?

Any confirmation for usingfree nights?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Sowhat on January 16, 2016, 07:56:39 PM
Anyone there recently that can advise generally?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on February 09, 2016, 11:39:26 PM
Any current info regarding hotels and kosher food options? TIA
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on February 09, 2016, 11:51:33 PM

Anyone there recently that can advise generally?
Any current info regarding hotels and kosher food options? TIA
What do you guys want to know? I've been there a couple of times recently
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on February 09, 2016, 11:52:12 PM
Hotels?
Kosher?
Attractions/ Activities?

Thank you!
Title: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on February 10, 2016, 12:03:28 AM
I've stayed at the Sheraton suites it was nice but far from the main area another time I stayed at the crowne plaza which is located very centrally.
All sorts of water activities to do there they have some amazing snorkeling in the area at around sunset time everyone goes down to the west side if the island (I'm forgetting what it's called) there are a ton of street performers who do various acts until it gets dark after that it's either to bed or off to duval street which can get quite rowdy.
As far as food there's a public and a Winn Dixie which have a fair share of kosher food and there's a small hole in the wall Israeli place called mams which is actually pretty good.
There's a Chabad and depending on the time of the year he can have minyanim on shabbos or during the week but you will have to be in touch with him as to whether he has
Title: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on February 10, 2016, 12:06:31 AM
The Ernest Hemingway house is a local attraction (never been)
Two cute photo ops are mile marker zero on route 1, and the southernmost point in the continental United States.
If you are driving from Miami, Bahia Honda state park is a nice place to stop either on your way in or out.
The drive is quite beautiful so don't make the mistake of driving both ways during the night(unless stargazing is your thing)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Mordy2 on February 10, 2016, 12:06:58 AM
Thank you so much!

I've stayed at the Sheraton suites it was nice but far from the main area another time I stayed at the crowne plaza which is located very centrally. All sorts of water activities to do there they have some amazing snorkeling in the area at around sunset time everyone goes down to the west side if the island (I'm forgetting what it's called there) there are a ton of street performers who do various acts until it gets dark after that it's either to bed or off to duval street which can get quite rowdy. As far as food there's a public and a win Dixie which have a fair share of kosher food and there's a small hole in the wall Israeli place called mams which is actually pretty good. There's a Chabad and depending on the time of the year he can have minyanim on shabbos or during the week but you will have to be in touch with him as to whether he has
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on February 10, 2016, 12:08:51 AM

Thank you so much!
any other questions feel free to ask
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Freddie on February 10, 2016, 12:12:36 AM
For me, the main thing is the drive there. Driving over the keys affords an amazing view. It's a three hour drive and does get a little old after a while but it's something that I highly recommend just for the experience.

You only need a day in Key West. You do the little train tour around the island. That's cute and fund. It takes a couple hours.

The one kosher restaurant is not a real restaurant at all but really just a falafel stand. There's not anywhere to even much room to sit. However, I will say without exaggeration that the falafel pita I had there is the BEST I HAVE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. I don't want to get anyone's hopes up since not everyone has the same tastes but I think you will be amazed.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: chevron on March 14, 2016, 03:20:23 PM
I loved some of the drive, found others to be dull. Then again, i'm as native to miami as Aligators although this was my first trip to the keys (!!!)

I messed up and we stopped before Bahia Honda state park, the water was lush and lovely but most of it was seaweed.. next trip.  Also want to walk part of the old 7 mile bridge next trip.

We brought a grill and used it on the sea wall off south beach, I grilled steaks and we just ate it outside.

South point USA was dull, didnt even get out, just drove by it and saw it (its not even accurate)

Fort Zachary Taylor was closed when we got there  I walked the entire island width down Duval to Mallory Square for sunset, watch some street shows, got a beer and enjoyed live music.

We left at 11pm, got back 2am.. no biggie.

I loved the island charm, loved the laid back vibe, reminded me of hawaii a bit, though it was wild a bit like new orleans. I love the southern charm buildings.. nut cases with parrots begging for change to buy a beer.. the guy offering dirty jokes for 1$ so he can buy a beer.

I think its fun because your at the end.. its like this is it folks.. youve reached the end of the USA, water on 3 sides.. its like no where to go, sit back and chill.

Hope to go back soon.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on March 14, 2016, 03:54:01 PM

I loved the island charm, loved the laid back vibe, reminded me of hawaii a bit, though it was wild a bit like new orleans. I love the southern charm buildings.. nut cases with parrots begging for change to buy a beer.. the guy offering dirty jokes for 1$ so he can buy a beer.
+1 well put, it's hard to describe the vibe there but it's def awesome. You didn't try mam's?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: mgoldhammer18 on March 14, 2016, 07:26:33 PM
We actually drove down to Islamorada today to go to Anne's beach, the drive is great, best scenic drive in the U.S probably, but the drives are nicer in the caribbean.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on August 18, 2016, 09:43:50 PM
United will offer daily, nonstop service between Key West and Newark, New Jersey Dec. 16 through May 4. The flights will take place on 70-seat, E-170 regional jets.

info per The Citizen, Key West.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 19, 2016, 01:07:52 AM
United will offer daily, nonstop service between Key West and Newark, New Jersey Dec. 16 through May 4. The flights will take place on 70-seat, E-170 regional jets.

info per The Citizen, Key West.
Seats will be rainbow colored
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yakrot on August 19, 2016, 03:05:48 AM
Seats will be rainbow colored
Flight attendants in full drag...
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: davidmal on August 19, 2016, 08:07:00 AM
Flight attendants in full drag...
Haha!!!
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 05, 2017, 01:47:32 PM
Not too much info in the thread, but if anyone can help... Looking for recommendations for a nice points hotel. My research has led to 0 particularly attractive resorts other than maybe the 2 Waldorf properties (?) and Playa Largo Resort & Spa (Marriott), which is in Key Largo. I also see Chabad is not very close to Mam's, which isn't too close to many hotels, so what do people do? Keep a car for driving around?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: aarony on September 05, 2017, 05:00:38 PM
Given the path of hurricane Irma, you might want to wait until next week to do your research....
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Torkay on September 05, 2017, 05:07:42 PM
Not too much info in the thread, but if anyone can help... Looking for recommendations for a nice points hotel. My research has led to 0 particularly attractive resorts other than maybe the 2 Waldorf properties (?) and Playa Largo Resort & Spa (Marriott), which is in Key Largo. I also see Chabad is not very close to Mam's, which isn't too close to many hotels, so what do people do? Keep a car for driving around?
I enjoyed the Hyatt.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: chbochur on September 05, 2017, 05:10:48 PM
Not too much info in the thread, but if anyone can help... Looking for recommendations for a nice points hotel. My research has led to 0 particularly attractive resorts other than maybe the 2 Waldorf properties (?) and Playa Largo Resort & Spa (Marriott), which is in Key Largo. I also see Chabad is not very close to Mam's, which isn't too close to many hotels, so what do people do? Keep a car for driving around?
I stayed in the Hilton twice and really enjoyed it
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on September 05, 2017, 07:02:00 PM
Not too much info in the thread, but if anyone can help... Looking for recommendations for a nice points hotel. My research has led to 0 particularly attractive resorts other than maybe the 2 Waldorf properties (?) and Playa Largo Resort & Spa (Marriott), which is in Key Largo. I also see Chabad is not very close to Mam's, which isn't too close to many hotels, so what do people do? Keep a car for driving around?
Hyatt was very nice. Looked into Waldorf, but it didn't sound like they were up to par quality wise for what you're paying.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Torkay on September 06, 2017, 02:27:24 AM
Not too much info in the thread, but if anyone can help... Looking for recommendations for a nice points hotel. My research has led to 0 particularly attractive resorts other than maybe the 2 Waldorf properties (?) and Playa Largo Resort & Spa (Marriott), which is in Key Largo. I also see Chabad is not very close to Mam's, which isn't too close to many hotels, so what do people do? Keep a car for driving around?
I enjoyed the Hyatt.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 06, 2017, 11:55:39 AM
I stayed in the Hilton twice and really enjoyed it
The Doubletree or the Hilton Garden Inn? Doesn't seem to be a beach by the Doubletree :-\
Hyatt was very nice. Looked into Waldorf, but it didn't sound like they were up to par quality wise for what you're paying.
I enjoyed the Hyatt.
Hyatt Centric, Place or one of the 3 Residence Clubs?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: chbochur on September 06, 2017, 01:06:00 PM


The Doubletree or the Hilton Garden Inn?

The double tree, was there on a program so we weren't going to the beach anyway
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: yitzgar on September 06, 2017, 02:46:38 PM
The Doubletree or the Hilton Garden Inn? Doesn't seem to be a beach by the Doubletree :-\Hyatt Centric, Place or one of the 3 Residence Clubs?
Now it's called Hyatt centric
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: @Yehuda on September 07, 2017, 10:10:49 AM
Thanks guys. Have a feeling DW will turn this down in favor of a more resort-type of place, but appreciate the input.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Iz on February 22, 2018, 10:30:05 AM
Anyone been in KW recently (since the hurricane)?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Moes Tavern on February 25, 2018, 11:52:39 AM
Anyone been in KW recently (since the hurricane)?
A colleague of mine was there 2 weeks ago and said they have pretty much cleaned everything and its fully operational. The drive into the keys on Route 1 still had tons of debris on the shoulder of the road.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Iz on February 25, 2018, 11:59:07 AM
A colleague of mine was there 2 weeks ago and said they have pretty much cleaned everything and its fully operational. The drive into the keys on Route 1 still had tons of debris on the shoulder of the road.
Thanks!
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Iz on March 06, 2018, 06:49:17 AM
http://keysweekly.com/42/mams-best-food-is-authentic-and-ambiguous/  ;)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on March 22, 2018, 09:30:29 PM
Has anyone been to Dry Tortugas National Park?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 22, 2018, 09:38:37 PM
Has anyone been to Dry Tortugas National Park?

Haven't been, but could probably answer your questions about it.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on March 22, 2018, 09:40:58 PM
Haven't been, but could probably answer your questions about it.

I'm planning to do a day trip there in May. Is that enough time? We would take the ferry from Key West, not a plane.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Something Fishy on March 22, 2018, 09:43:32 PM
A day trip is perfect.

If you're up for an adventure, camp there overnight.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on March 22, 2018, 09:54:30 PM
A day trip is perfect.

If you're up for an adventure, camp there overnight.

I'm not going with someone adventurous enough for camping :-)
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: pinigee on April 22, 2018, 04:20:56 PM
I'm not going with someone adventurous enough for camping :-)

Has anyone done a day cruise from Miami beach down to Keywest and back same day?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on May 29, 2018, 09:20:57 AM
I stayed at The Saint Hotel in Key west (https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/eywak-the-saint-hotel-key-west-autograph-collection/) - it's a Marriott property located in the downtown area. It's a beautiful boutique hotel and our room had direct access to the pool. We asked them to get us Thomas's English muffins for breakfast and they did (plus fruit and coffee). They were very accommodating.  The rooms are small but really nice. It's great for walking everywhere but it is not at the beach. We didn't rent a car and walked to all the attractions.

I think Mallory Square for sunset is completely overhyped.

Dry Tortugas was a great day trip. It's a long ferry ride there and back, the fort is really interesting and you can snorkel - it's not the biodiversity of other places I've been, but it was really interesting to see how the coral is expanding to the moat walls around the fort. 

Lighthouse Museum was fun to climb and get a good view of the city and surrounding areas.

I really enjoyed Hemingway's house even though I do not appreciate a single piece of literature that he ever wrote.

The Shipwreck Museum is currently closed for renovations. We did stop in at Mel Fisher's treasures and the staff told us about all the different shipwrecks around Key West and the stuff they found.

We also went to a free rum distillery where you can get information on how they make rum.

We stopped in at the Florida Eco Keys discovery center which is free. It's small and perfectly good for little kids.

On the way to Miami, we drove to Blue Hole and saw a ton of animals (alligator, iguanas, birds, salamanders, lizards and deer). It was a great, quick stop.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on May 29, 2018, 09:22:57 AM
Was it all rebuilt after the last hurricane?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: saw50st8 on May 29, 2018, 09:24:20 AM
Was it all rebuilt after the last hurricane?

I have nothing to compare it to, but everything seemed to be in good working condition.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: Yaalili on May 29, 2018, 11:35:01 AM
Nice TR - thanks.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: PBaruch on May 29, 2018, 02:49:17 PM
I have nothing to compare it to, but everything seemed to be in good working condition.

Thanks.  Nice trip report.  Glad to hear that you had a nice time.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 20, 2019, 12:02:26 AM
Anyone stay at the waldorf (hilton) properties there, Casa Marina and/or the Reach? Trying to figure out where to stay. Marriotts are all now category 6 or higher, and the IHG la concha isnt allowing a reward stay. any other suggestions for a really nice place (reaching out of the points hotels)? obv want to be able to walk to chabad (hour for shabbos walks is fine) and mams.
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: helpyouamdme on May 28, 2019, 08:19:32 PM
Any recommendations of a real nice hotel in the Key West that's also offers a kitchenette?
Title: Re: Key West Master Thread
Post by: shiframeir on May 31, 2019, 05:22:32 PM
Any recommendations of a real nice hotel in the Key West that's also offers a kitchenette?
this looks up your alley https://www.booking.com/hotel/us/hyatt-windward-pointe.html?aid=351485;label=metakayak-linkdsk-coreus-hotel-717521_xqdz-d02f5ed353404f1d2bd926beada288ac_los-03_bw-174_curr-USD_nrm-01_gstadt-02_gstkid-00_lang-en-us_sat-1_dow-thu_aff-0_clkid-PJt87VzKY7E9TosPkMkoMg;sid=1074163da3db2d73539277bf10fc22ad;all_sr_blocks=71752101_113796467_6_0_0;checkin=2019-11-21;checkout=2019-11-24;dest_id=20022831;dest_type=city;dist=0;fcpilot=0;group_adults=2;hapos=1;highlighted_blocks=71752101_113796467_6_0_0;hpos=1;room1=A%2CA;sb_price_type=total;sr_order=popularity;srepoch=1559337693;srpvid=5667962eecee019f;type=total;ucfs=1&#hotelTmpl