1. Feed Tarpon At Robbie’s Marina
This marina isn’t actually in key west but it’s in Islamorada on the way, and it makes a great stop on the long drive down to key west. I promise everything else is in Key West. At this marina they charge you a couple dollars for a bait bucket full of fish, you can then go to the deck in the back, throw the dead fish in the water and feed the Tarpon.
Now don’t worry, they are not harming the fish at all! The story behind this is that Robbie, the owner of the marina, found a Tarpon that was hurt, he brought it back to his marina to nurse it back to health. Eventually when the Tarpon could go back into the wild, Robbie set him free. A couple days later the tarpon came back with a bunch of his friends.
It really is something you can’t miss. It’s so spectacular to watch those HUGE Tarpon jump out of the water opening their mouths super wide to catch a meal. When I went, there was also a Manatee (unfortunately I didn’t catch him on video) and several Nurse Sharks. We actually saw more wildlife at Robbie’s Marina then we did snorkeling.
I highly recommend a stop at Robbie’s Marina. Its something that everyone of every age will enjoy. If you’ve been there or plan on going then let me know in the comments below! Also check out my video! I got several shots of the Tarpon and at the very end you can see the Nurse Shark swim by.
2. Eat Cuban Food and Dance at El Meson De Pepe
Yes, this is in key west. I have always felt that when traveling somewhere you should immerse yourself in the culture. Key West is famous for being only 90 miles from Cuba. The culture there is a mix of Cuban and American culture. When in Rome, do as the Romans do.
Cuban food is delicious! I’m a little partial because my mother is Cuban. However, I love food so if it was actually gross I wouldn’t eat it. The best part about this place is if you decide to sit outside, you are right by a stage where a band plays live Salsa music. Right in front of the stage there’s people dancing their hearts out. If you can’t dance then learn!
Its such a great atmosphere. My mother would tell me that in Cuba, there’s people playing live music and dancing on the streets everywhere. That’s exactly how it feels there. Even if you don’t feel comfortable dancing in front of a bunch of people, go eat outside and listen to the music and take it all in. That’s what travel is about. Experiencing new things.
3. Stroll Through the Gardens at West Martello Tower
West Martello Tower was once a place for quartering troops in the Spanish-American war. Now the key west garden club has taken over and turned it into quite a beautiful place. With gorgeous plants growing everywhere, lizards and chickens roaming freely, it makes for a relaxing activity from the usual hustle and bustle Key West is all about. Plus this fort/tower is right on the beach.
When you first enter you have to go through a brick tunnel like path. It takes you to the office where they briefly explain the history of the tower and tell you admission is free (how awesome is that). Then they let you explore the grounds yourself.
This also makes for a great picture spot! With the brick and the plants you cant go wrong. After you have explored the gardens you can head to the beach for more relaxation or go do another activity. Either way it’s something you can’t miss