For awhile there, it didn't look like I'd be able to say this, but fortunately, we were able to leave this morning on good terms with Key West. After getting ourselves safely tucked into a marina away from the wind, we had a great time exploring the island and visiting with Riley's sister and brother in law who were there on vacation.
Some of our Key West favorites were:
Duval Street. We found ourselves wandering up and down Duval several times over the course of the week. That's where you'll find most of the restaurants, bars, shops, and people. We had a delicious lunch at Grand Cafe on Duval one afternoon.
Pepe's. We had the best happy hour drinks at Pepe's and also had a great breakfast there one morning. From the outside it's an unassuming little place, but it has a lot of character and delicious food and drinks.
Mallory Square. This is the place to go to watch the sunset and the street entertainers. We never got to actually see a sunset, but we did see a great act involving a unicycle and flaming torches.
Tourist photo spots. The most obvious tourist photo spot is at the southernmost point buoy. You'll stand in a very long, but friendly and fast moving line where everyone takes the photo of the couple ahead of them. We had already done this five years ago on our honeymoon, so we skipped it this time around. I did however find a great wall for a touristy photo over at the Cuban Coffee Queen. There's no line for this one, and in fact, the nearby gigantic man made of sponges was getting more attention than this wall.
All in all, we're so glad that we stuck it out until we were able to actually enjoy ourselves in Key West. But now, it's time to move on once again.