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Jgstewart8 posted 02-16-2005 01:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for Jgstewart8   Send Email to Jgstewart8  
I am trying to plan a spring break trip to the keys with a couple of guy friends... we could go to panama city and party if we wanted, but we'd rather take my boat down to the keys and fish and chill out more... right now were are looking into a few houses on Largo - does anyone have any suggestions of places to stay/keys to go to/places to see/more "party like" areas in the keys - besides key west?
nFL_Bosn69 posted 02-16-2005 02:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
Fish/Relax in the Keys, hide the boat, drive to Miami to party. Key West does pick up a little though for spring break, just make sure not to walk to close to your buddies, or wear some camo or something to distinguish you from "the locals". Or you could tow your boat to PC just as well. I'm certain the Betties would appreciate that, you can give rides up and down the beach all day, though the Keys are a much nicer place to visit.

Ryan

Jgstewart8 posted 02-17-2005 02:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
anymore ideas?
fno posted 02-17-2005 06:56 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Ocean Point suites on Key Largo. Boat slips, condos,
dfmcintyre posted 02-17-2005 06:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Two words:

Largo Lodge

http://www.largolodge.com/

Quiet. Secluded. Dockage for boat. Sand beach. Manatees wander up to the beach about every day. Easy access to canal through to the state park. Can travel by boat to some great eating spots. Mile Marker 101.

Don

Jgstewart8 posted 02-20-2005 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
how about skiing/wakeboarding down there? does anyone do it?
raydent99 posted 02-20-2005 02:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for raydent99  Send Email to raydent99     
We're staying at Hawk's Cay (Duck Key mm60), just 10 miles before Marathon. I haven't been there, but I've heard great things about it. I have a slip for my Whaler, and they'll let me store the trailer on site. Cost is $2/ft/day.


www.hawkscay.com

lakeman posted 02-21-2005 03:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
Most places are for couples, or two guys or 3 with rollaway. I do not know how friendly all of you are so here is a url that will help.
http://outdoorsbest.zeroforum.com/zerothread?id=100907

I personally like Islamorada area and drive to Key West for fun, but it is a long drive, a designated driver is needed. Islamorada has some night spots and Holiday Isle is cool, also a place to stay.Islamorada is also home to the original sand bar, maybe original????
Do make reservations as early as you can it will get crowded.
I shouldn't make this comment but, the boating weather can be bad during sping break. If you get two good days out of a week will be good, anymore are a bonus. You might, depending on budget,consider not towing boat down and if the weather is good just hire a guide or go on a head boat etc.

Jgstewart8 posted 02-22-2005 09:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
Lakeman,

what does the weather get like for the rest of the week?

Jgstewart8 posted 02-22-2005 02:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
lakeman,

I am a little worried you said that about the weather -- my boat is just a 15' and will no affect the cost of the trip too much - but I also cannot rent a boat down there because of my age.

lakeman posted 02-22-2005 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for lakeman  Send Email to lakeman     
The weather will be could be cool not cold but very windy if you are unlucky. I do not want to discourage you, the Keys are fun no matter what the weather is. The water temp will probably be around 70 degrees. Your 15 footer will be fine for fishing in Florida Bay or around the edges of the flats, channels and bridges, snapper fishing can be fun, and you might pick up some other interesting fish. However, out in the bay, like any big body of water, if the wind does blow 15 knots you will know it in your boat. Using the same site I posted go to the Florida Keys Forum and look around there are many people in your situation. The locals get a little tired of the same question but some will give good advice and the Here is a link to the weather bouy off Long Key you can keep tabs on wind and water conditions from it.
http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/station_page.php?station=lonf1
nFL_Bosn69 posted 02-22-2005 04:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
I agree, I would stick to the north side of the island, Florida Bay. I've been down there for a couple spring breaks, the weather was always nice, with the exception that you WILL get rained on a 1PM everyday, it's about the only place in FL that still does this. :( My parents say you used to be able to set your clocks by it.

Personally, I like the areas south of Islamorada, but that's probably cause that is where I have had my exposure to the Keys, though I hear that Pennekamp State Park (Key Largo) is really nice.

What week is your Spring Break? This will be the primary deciding factor of the quality of nightlife you will find, unless of course, you go to Miami, of which, I was serious about. If you and your buds are 21, and decide to stay in Largo, I should definitely take a side trip to South Beach for a night, it's worth it. Last time I went to Key West, with a girlfriend, we pretty much had the place to ourselves, and that was cool. The day we left, we watched hundreds of students pass us on the way down for their turn.

Ryan

Jgstewart8 posted 02-22-2005 04:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
We are mostly 18 some 21

i will check out the forum...

Jgstewart8 posted 02-22-2005 04:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
also, my week is march 19-26
Jgstewart8 posted 02-22-2005 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
as you can imagine, finding a place to stay this late at my age has been quite a problem but i have found a nice double wide 2 blocks from beach/marina/ramp all accessible for the neighborhood. for the nice price of $500 a week...
being under 21 what would you suggest as far as night life.
DWE posted 02-22-2005 05:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWE    
JG—

For a group under 21 years of age, nothing beats a good game of bridge or canasta for nighttime entertainment. ;-)

nFL_Bosn69 posted 02-23-2005 11:21 AM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
Hmmm. In that case, I would be searching everything I could find online on the topic. Sounds like a couple nights of getting drunk on the beach, which is cool too, nothing like watching the sun rise. Maybe some night fishing. Many of the clubs in Key West, and Miami, will let in "minors", you just won't get stamped or banded as 21, but I would find out which one before blindly driving about Miami. I really don't know of any other nightclubs throughout the Keys, except maybe the random hotel bar/club. The Keys, in general, are geared towards daylife, and the water.

Here's a list of many of the schools that will be breaking too. http://www.tripsmarter.com/panamacity/springbreak/sbcalendar2.htm

You appear to be right in the mix, , I'm sure some kind of trouble can be cooked up. It is also possible that some of the local places open up to more Spring Break type business.

Ryan

phatwhaler posted 02-23-2005 01:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
Ummm yeah....If I was you, I would go down to Key West. That's were the party is in the Keys. Key largo is pretty boring and isn't really all that close to South Beach. It's actually pretty far in D.U.I. miles. Go to KW, walk to the Bars, stay out of jail. I lived there for three years and spring break is about the only time of the year that there are any decent chicks to chase. There aren't any local girls to speak of and most women go down there with their boyfriends etc... The only down side to KW is the price or rooms. Also a 15 Whaler would be great for KW. Plenty of fishing on the north side of the island. If it's calm you might even be able to get out to the light house. Are any of your friends in the military (reserve or active)? If so, there are more reasonable options for a place to stay than the local hotels.

phatwhaler out.

nFL_Bosn69 posted 02-23-2005 04:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for nFL_Bosn69  Send Email to nFL_Bosn69     
What's that, about 1.5 - 2 hours either way from Largo? 6 of 1, half dozen the other. Both have their endearing virtues. Though, I do agree, I think you'll enjoy it more, overall, the further into the Keys you get.

Arrive Alive - Don't Drink and Drive

kend posted 03-03-2005 10:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for kend  Send Email to kend     
Islamorada would be the place to go if you want to fish, relax and party. Best place to stay with a boat is Kon-Tiki.They have regular hotel rooms or rental condos. They have a pool, docking is free ,and they have a ramp also free. You can keep your boat on premise. For night life there is the Tiki Bar, the original, mostly a young crowd and open til 2 am at the Holiday Isle Resort. Go to the Loreli for Happy hour from 5-7 everyone shows up there sooner or later. For a bunch of guys there is Woodys the best strip club in the Keys. If you just want to party day and night head stright to Key West.
Jgstewart8 posted 03-04-2005 12:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
Kend, thanks. We are staying 8 miles north of the tiki bar...
So far my plans:
-fish, snorkel, boat, wakeboard almost everyday
-day trip to key west
-day trip back up to miami (i have family downtown)

-where is this strip club?

phatwhaler posted 03-04-2005 02:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
I agree with just about everything kend said.

Kon Tiki is awesome
Woody's is the strip club. It's not Mons Venus though.
There's always some skeezers at Holiday Isle.

The sand bar is fun on a Saturday. You'll usually see a few topless chicks and a few cool boats you don't see everyday.

phatwhaler out.

phatwhaler posted 03-04-2005 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
Nice Whaler too.
kend posted 03-05-2005 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for kend  Send Email to kend     
woodys is at mile marker 86 east side of road. If you go try to get there fri or sat 10:00 pm and see the big dick and the extenders show. It brings in a crowd and aquite a few single women that want to see the show. Holiday isle is a draw for the bachlorette party crowd on the weekends and a great place to hang out in the day. You do not have to stay there to use the beach or pool.In key west make sure you catch the pete & wayne show at sloppy joes, it starts around 4:30 - 7:00. If you drive back the same day at night do not go over the speed limit. Its a 1.5 hour drive back to islamorada and the police are always waiting for the drunks coming back from key west. Good luck
kend posted 03-05-2005 02:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for kend  Send Email to kend     
woodys make that mile marker 82. It is a couple miles past hoilday isle.
Jgstewart8 posted 03-08-2005 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
I have tried to look up some of this stuff and have been unsuccessful... thanks for info...
i am staying at milemarker 95
Jgstewart8 posted 03-08-2005 09:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
Where is the sandbar?
Jgstewart8 posted 03-10-2005 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
where is this sandbar you speak of?
phatwhaler posted 03-10-2005 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for phatwhaler  Send Email to phatwhaler     
http://www.bootkeyharbor.com/upperkeys.htm
Jgstewart8 posted 03-14-2005 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
anymore advice/hints/suggestions/places to go and see before I leave for the Keys on Friday at midnight???
where2 posted 03-14-2005 11:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Don't forget plenty of Sunblock, and after dark protection. Bring along a hat too, I got sunburned over the weekend, and I wasn't out all day...

If you're going fishing, you and the buddies will need to pickup a Florida Saltwater Fishing License. It's required for fishing in saltwater, but not for trolling for chicks in bars at night... http://floridaconservation.org/license/ Looks like you need a non-resident 7-day license at a minimum.

You can typically purchase the license from the local tackle shops, which is what I would suggest, since they can offer some insight into local fishing spots, and where the channels are.

Hope you've got an aluminum prop... Prepare to get dinged.

myakka posted 03-15-2005 06:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
If you do make it out to Key West (1)Get some ribs at Meteors(behind the Green Parot) (2) Pepe's for steak smothered in porkchops (3)PT's for Jamaican wings.
Jgstewart8 posted 03-15-2005 08:40 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
thanks,

I hope to not get dinged... I am worried about that quite a bit...
I have read the water color "color codes" but can anyone offer up any other hints?

myakka posted 03-16-2005 06:02 AM ET (US)     Profile for myakka  Send Email to myakka     
I think it is "brown is ground".
DWE posted 03-16-2005 01:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWE    
Jgstewart,

Have you completed the trailer maintenance you mentioned in another thread, already? Or, did you decide to do it after your upcoming trip to Flordia?

Jgstewart8 posted 03-16-2005 01:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
I have replaced a few very rusty key parts to the trailer, and have serviced the hubs myself, and then had them serviced to be sure they were ready to go... so hopefully no problems! knock on wood.
DWE posted 03-16-2005 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWE    
Good Luck!

Have a great time in the Florida Keys. From what I have been told, it is a wonderful place to vacation, especially when one has access to a boat. Also, please be sure to take plenty of pictures of your 15-Striper in action. Spring Break is next week for me, too. However, I will probably just pull out the old 13 and complete the annual polish and wax job in preparation for this season. There is still some snow on the ground and plenty of ice on the lakes in Wisconsin right now, so my choices of recreation are limited; spring’s coming, though!

Best Regards,
DWE


where2 posted 03-16-2005 08:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for where2  Send Email to where2     
Hints: When in doubt about water depth, follow a local, or take it REAL slow! You'll find most of the West Side of the keys (Florida Bay) looks brown (seagrass beds). In Florida Bay, it's easy to get dings as it all looks similar in depth (shallow).

Jgstewart8 posted 03-26-2005 02:01 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
Just got back... it was fun, almost got arrested taking a photo of a coast guard boston whaler... will explain later, just drove 15 hours straight -
Jgstewart8 posted 03-26-2005 02:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
It was a coast guard almost new 27 outrage....
do not EVER take a picture of anything coast guard without asking first, because I can assure you they will come after you very quickly... i will explain later.
DWE posted 03-26-2005 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for DWE    
Quite interesting, I can’t wait to hear more of your story.

They must have suspected you, traveling in your 15-Striper, to be a secret enemy agent from a far-off country like “Franistan” in search of precious photographs of post-classic Boston Whaler Outrages—just kidding. ;-)

Jgstewart8 posted 03-28-2005 07:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jgstewart8  Send Email to Jgstewart8     
I actually will start a new thread to discuss this.

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