Key West the most southernly city in the states

Trip Start Apr 08, 2005
Trip End Apr 09, 2006

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Friday, June 10, 2005

We leave the hell hole that was the Days Inn, vowing never to return!! And take off for the airport to collect our economy car. After we arrive, the car company agrees to give us a bigger car for the same price! So now, we have a cool Nissan Maxima, but as we drive away, we discover the rear indicator isn't working so we end up having to exchange it for a Ford Tauras... def not a fair exchange. The drive to Key West is enjoyable as Ad acts as DJ with the MP3 player, only Irish music allowed, so its The Kilers, U2, Mundy, Paddy Casey, Keane, Snow Patrol, more of The Killers - you name it!

The drive to Key west is mainly crossing bridges with ocean on either side of the road! Storm Arlene is further south of Key West but the sky is black, some heavy showers of rain and its quiet windy so the tropical caribean island that is Key West is not at its optimum today :(

Nonetheless, Key West is a very touristic spot and the locals are much friendlier than their Miami counterparts, and there are much fewer Cubans. The one downside to Key West was the extorionate prices... a boat trip on a glass bottom boat costs $45 per person, while a small bus tour of the town costs $25 per person and car parking amounts to $15 for an hour!!!!

We have dinner in the Hogs Breath in the centre of town, Fergus has dolphin for dinner! It is a white fish and really tasty. We take our own self guided tour of Key west which encompassed the harbour, tall ships, shore, Ernest Hemmingways home, drive through the residential area's (v well maintained, all houses are very much an old style). Before the drive back to Miami, we try some Key Lime Pie (a lemon meringue only with lime instead of lemon - excellent!) and purchase numerous souvenir t-shirts.

Back in Miami we have a nitemare time trying to find a suitable hotel. When we eventually find 2 motels, both in close proximity of one another, we realise they are not quiet what they seem..... Fergus makes enquiries at the front desk only to learn that they charge $25 for 2 hours and one motel will not rent out the room for the nite despite the fact they have almost no customers, its hire for 2hours only!. Despondently, we continue our search until we finally find a dump at $50!!
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