What did we do today? Nada....zip, zilch! Sat and read, ran to the grocery store, checked out kayak rentals, bought a kayaking life vest so Sparky can go kayaking in safety....made a "wish list" of things we WISH we could do here in Key West, but not sure we can afford to.... We'll prioritize, look at our budget and decide....Even if you don't do much of anything, that's the whole "latitude with attitude" atmosphere here in the keys, you are not supposed to do much of anything!.....We thought it might be interesting to others to read about how much SOME activities cost here in the keys. Of course, there are a bazillion activities and companies vying for your dollar here in the Keys.
But here's our "wish" list:
1.) Rent a small boat and go out on the water for a day...rentals range all over the place. We found one reasonably priced one for 175.00 all day plus gas. Some require a thousand dollar deposit (!!!) No, thank you! Even if it IS returnable at the end of the day!
2.) Go on a Sunset Watersports "Do It All Adventure"...119.00 a person--"Wear Yourself Out!" they say...With 11 activities to choose from, you definitely would! Or you'd fry yourself first in the sun! Sounds like a lot of fun if there weren't too many people waiting to use the same piece of equipment. You can snorkel, water ski, use a wave runner, kneeboard, climb a rock wall, use a banana boat, sail a Sunfish, windsurf, kayak, or waterslide. For thirty dollars more, you could parasail! Eldy actually said he'd do the parasail since they offer tandem ones! Woo-hoo! Might have to consider this activity towards the end of our stay as a final blow out to leaving Key West!
3.) Take a Key Largo Princess II glass bottom boat tour--"the largest viewing salon in North America!"...20.00 a person, senior rate for the 10:00 AM cruise only. View the John Pennekamp State Underwater Park, America's first undersea park. You will also see the National Marine Sanctuary. Sounds like the best deal going so far....Now THAT'S affordable!
4.) Starfish Swim and Snorkel.....Snorkel the #1 rated reef in the Florida Keys...Sombrero Lighthouse and National Marine Sanctuary, a 30 acre protected reef. This outfit specializes in beginners--- that would be Sparky---and families and children. The last time Sparky snorkeled, the outfit that took her and her family out, did not provide flotation equipment. Sparky got a snorkel tube full of water, choked and panicked and thought she was going to drown right in front of the boat! But the desire to see some tropical fish and a reef is so strong, she's willing to try it again! 25.00 for two hours at the reef.
5.) Visit the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center..2400 gallon aquarium, take a virtual dive to 1600 feet, watch a movie, explore the Dry Tortugas, and learn why a fort was built in the middle of the Keys, There are interactive exhibits, dioramas (remember those little shoe box little displays you use to make in grade school? That was a miniature diorama.) The Center is located in Key West, at the Truman Waterfront, across the street from Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park. It's FREE!
6.) Rent a CLEAR kayak from Clear Kayak & Snorkeling Eco-Tours....Now THAT would be an interesting kayak paddle!
8.) Paddle the Florida Keys Overseas Paddling Trail....for more information, visit: Florida Greenways and Trails.... And Sparky is going to do just that!
Well, that's enough of a wish list for now....we'll probably add to it as the days go by.....open for any additional suggestions from anyone who has visited the Keys! Especially if it's a "Don't Miss!" See you later in paradise!