We liked Key West during our visits in the 90’s and yes it is touristy, but we still like it. Good food, great bar scene and lots of people watching. A bit pricey for cruisers, but while we were up north we put Sereno over at Stock Island Marina on neighboring Stock Island where it was a little more reasonably priced. Good marina with shuttle service every hour to the heart of Key West. After having limited places to eat for so long, we roamed Key West hitting the spots we remembered and a few new ones. A favorite was Half Shell Raw Bar where we got a dozen oysters for $9.00 during happy hour along with our first Stone Brewery IPA in a long time. We had so much fun and so little time there we forgot to take pictures!
After racing back to Key West from the wedding, we found the nice weather window to Georgia was going to be interrupted mid way by some serious looking squalls coming off the east coast. Faced with staying in Key West for what was predicted as three weeks of strong easterly trade winds, we quickly got ready in a few hours and headed out for an overnight passage to South Beach Miami to wait for the squalls to pass over us. Not a bad place to spend Mother’s Day.
By Monday the bad weather passed so we continued our passage to Georgia. Unfortunately the seas were a bit rough both nights which made sleeping on our off shifts a bit tough. But the days were beautiful and in the early morning of the third day we sailed between Jekyll and St Simons islands, under the Sidney Lanier Bridge and into Brunswick Landing Marina our home for this hurricane season. The US Navy used this area as their hurricane hole so we are fairly confident Sereno is in a good place.