Theatre of The Sea

Trip Start Jun 12, 2012
Trip End Oct 18, 2012

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Monday, October 8, 2012

Howdy folks,

Steffie and I had been tossing up whether or not to spend an extra day in the Florida Keys or to go on a cruise instead, so we decided to take the cheaper option and stay an extra night. Since we already had a car and were already there it just seemed to make more sense anyways. After calling up to extend the car rental and booking a hotel in Key Largo, we were ready to start the day. I decided to go for an early morning swim followed by a short 45 minute kayak out to the ocean. It was included in the hotel, so I thought why not! Steffie wasn't keen so she stayed behind while I paddled out the narrow inlet, through the mangroves and out to sea. The waters were pretty calm and it was nice going out to see some of the houses along the shoreline. There weren't any big fish in the water, but plenty of birds about.

I didn't want to stay out too long, so I came back and we checked out of the room at 11am and were on our way back towards Miami. Our first stop was in Islamorada which we had driven straight through on the way to Marathon. I had read about a place called Robbie's Marina where you could go and feed giant tarpon which swim underneath the dock. It was only $1 to go and take a look so we just went to watch others feeding the fish. They were absolutely massive and they were everywhere! The only equivalent I could say would be that they looked like a barramundi. The pelicans were also keen to get in on the action and one in particular was a bit pesky!

We stopped in at a local cafe for lunch which had some pretty big servings before we hit up the Theatre of the Sea in the afternoon. If you imagine a cheap Seaworld then I guess that is what to expect by going there. It was half of the price and none of the rides, but full of animal shows with dolphins, sealions and parrots. Each of the shows went for 30 minutes before you were ushered into the next venue, but they were entertaining enough. It was a pretty warm afternoon so we had to keep well hydrated and were keen to head to the hotel after we were done. After a quick stop at McDonalds for a smoothie, we were ready to relax.

The hotel Steffie picked was in Key Largo not too far from the dive shop where we signed up for snorkelling and also close to the African Queen. It is a pretty famous 100 year old boat which starred in a movie with Katharine Hepburn and Humphry Bogart. The boat still floats and is pretty small, but can be taken out for charters. We decided to head across the road to watch the sunset at another hotel and jumped into their tiny pool while the sun was going down. The music from the next door tiki bar with a nice swim and sunset really hit the spot.

After we got back to the hotel and changed for dinner, we took a quick walk down to the Conch House which is a local restaurant. We shared a lobster bisque and I had a mahi salad which was nice as well. We were definitely full by the time we went home!
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