Last week I took my first day trip to Key West aboard the Key West Express. The Express is the fast ferry that travels back and forth from Ft. Myers to Key West.
As many of you probably know I’ve taken the Key West Express many times in the past, but I’ve always stayed multiple nights on island. I’ve never traveled down and back on the same day. This left me and my Impulse Creative team a total of about 5 hours on island. Not much time, but if you do it right and are able to move around quickly, you’ll still have a great time.
How can you not have a good time on that crazy rock right?!
To see as much of Old Town Key West as possible in the limited amount of time we had, renting a few bikes seemed like the best choice of locomotion. I did a little research and choose Island Safari Rentals as our vendor of choice. They are located right next to Captain Tony’s Saloon and their prices are great. The company had us in, out, and on bikes in just over five minutes. Off we went, peddling down Whitehead Street towards the Southern Most Marker for the team photo.
From the Southern Most, we rode are way up Duval Street and made a pit stop at the world famous Rum Bar. For me, no visit to Key West is complete without a stop at the Rum Bar to see Bahama Bob. I enjoyed a cool rum punch and got caught up a little with my good friend Mr. Rum Connection. I wish we could have stayed there all day, talking about the islands and sipping rum, but more of Key West beckoned.
After the Rum Bar our ragtag group jumped on our bikes and set a course north on Duval to a place I’ve been wanting to try but missed on my last visit…The Porch. The Porch is located on the corner of Caroline and Duval in the historic Porter Mansion. They serve fantastic craft beer and wine in a relaxed old Key West setting. It’s another one of those places you can spend 4 hours in and not even know it. Like the Rum Bar, I wish I could have stayed longer but out day was already drawing to a close. If you haven’t been to The Porch yet, it’s a must.
After The Porch is was time to drop our two-wheeled transportation at Island Safari Rentals and make our way back to the Key West Express terminal. It’s crazy how fast you can burn four or five hours in Key West. So much to do, see, and drink…and so little time. We had a great time riding the streets of Key West, bobbing and weaving through the traffic, acting like typical tourists. Just another great day on Cayo Hueso.
I think I need to write up another story; what to do in Key West in 5 hours. It will be a blur, but if you have the motivation, the transportation, and a good game plan you’ll be able to sample this beautiful and crazy island.
Until next time Key West. Until next time.
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