Feelin hot hot hot!

Trip Start Sep 07, 2009
Trip End Nov 17, 2009

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

06/10/2009 - Woke up in the morning to a lovely free breakfast by the pool of the hotel with relaxing music playing in the background, beautiful. Jim headed up to the harbour after breakfast to try and find a spare place on a boat to go fishing, but no joy. The boats that were going out were all booked and the next trips wouldn't be until Thursday when we would be in Chicago! Jim was gutted he didn't get the chance to go deep sea fishing, but we're hoping he will get another opportunity when we reach the west coast.

Instead, we decided to take a walk down to Fort Zachary beach on Key West, as it didn't look that far on the map. How wrong we were! The walk took about 30 minutes in the blistering heat (the hottest day we have had so far). It was quite an interesting scenic route though, as we stumbled across a part of the island called 'Bahamian Village', where a lot of Cubans and Bahamians have settled. It was beautiful with lushly vegetated streets and a patchwork of faded wooded houses (old cigar-makers cottages). Many locals were sitting out on their front porches and they wished us good day as we passed.

We finally reached our destination, but despite being told by our hotel that it was free, we had to pay $5.00 to access the beach (only $7.00 for two passengers and a car, doh!). The beach was narrow, but bordered by pine trees - free shade, hooray. The water was crystal clear and much calmer than South Beach. We saw a few colourful fish and a lot of people were snorkeling, but we are on such a tight budget now, that we couldn't afford to rent a snorkel :(.

After a lovely few hours spent on the beach, we returned back through Bahamian Village and Jim stopped off at a backstreet 'old skool' barbers, 'Floyd's', to get his hair cut. I don't think the guy had ever cut a whiteman's hair in his life! Before returning back to the hotel, we visited the southernmost point of Key West and consequently the continent - bit of an anticlimax, but at least we can say we've been!
In the evening we walked up Duval Street, (the main party street) to Mallory Square on the eastern side of the island to witness the sunset celebration there. It really was beautiful. Hundreds of people (mainly couples!) gazing out over the sea watching the sun go down with acoustic guitar playing in the background. Something we will never forget. We left Mallory Square and headed to a Caribbean restaurant for dinner. The setting was lovely, but unfortunately both Jim and I have got slightly dodgy stomachs and couldn't finish our food. 

We headed back to the hotel for an early night ready for the drive back to Miami in the morning.
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