Florida’s summers are known for their storms and we certainly saw that today. We were due to go on a 6 hour ‘Do it all’ boat trip in Key West this morning but due to a heavy rain storm it was unfortunately cancelled. We received a full refund as we couldn’t swap days as we were leaving Key West. I do wish we had stayed down in Key West for two nights rather than just one to spend a bit more time seeing some of the beaches and I would of liked to have gone on The Conch Train which gives you a guided tour of the area.
If you are visiting the Historic Seaport District in Key West for boat trips and excursions it does have a car park, which is $2.50 an hour, but there is one round the corner on Greene Street which is $15 all day.
Key West is only 4miles long by 2miles wide and a way lots of people choose to get around is by hiring bicycles and scooters.
So after our boat trip was cancelled we decided to pack up and move onto our next hotel which was situated in Islamorada, Mile 84, Harbour Lights.
We tried to check into our hotel at 1.30pm but they turned us away for being too early and so we decided to go to The Theatre of the Sea which was half a mile from the hotel. The Theatre of the Sea is another centre to visit dolphins, sealions and other marine animals. It’s $29 for adults and $21 for under 12s. Here you can swim with dolphins, sealions, sting rays and feed turtles and sharks and paint with dolphins and sealions. If you purchase one of the animal encounters your admission is included in the price. If you just pay for general admission you get to see 2 hours worth of shows an tours with the animals as well as looking around the whole park in which they have a mini beach area where you can go snorkelling with tropical fish. We had a really nice afternoon there, however if I were to pay for the animal encounters I would do it at the Dolphin Research Centre as they seemed a lot better.
We were all pretty tired after this so we went back to the hotel to check in again. The Harbour Lights hotel is right on the road of the overseas hwy and I paid £60 for one night. It has been my least favourite hotel of my whole trip, that’s not to say its bad but it offered the least to its guests and felt quite run down. The rooms had two small double beds, a table and chairs as well as a kitchenette all in one room. It was quite dated. There was a small swimming pool and nice outdoor decking area with hammock. You could also hire kayaks $25 for 4 hours. The rooms didn’t have the Internet and there was no breakfast. This is fine for an overnight stay but I wouldn’t want to stay any longer. I preferred the Marathon area which is only another 25 miles back down.