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Old March 23rd, 2005, 02:52 PM
Rose M
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Default Re: What to bring on our first cruise?

In Key West, if you want to swim in the ocean, there is a beach close to where the ship will dock, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, don't walk in the heat, take a cab, it's a five minute ride...there is a small admission fee to the Park. The beach has small pebbles so wear those water shoes everyone is talking about....the water is beautiful and you can snorkel here...there is a snack bar on the beach and I think you can rent chairs. There is a fairly new restaurant in Key West by the name of Monty's, it's a 10 minute walk from the ship....ask one of the locals to point you in the right direction...they have delicious fresh fish sandwiches, and a varied menu, ice cold beer and beverages and a huge fresh water swimming pool right in the middle of the restaurant for use by their customers only, just bring a towel, there is no cover charge, a lovely place to spend a couple of hours. There is so much to do in Key West, you'll wish you had more time, i.e., Conch Tour Train or Trolley, Hemingway House tour, Mel Fisher's Treasure Exhibit, Audubon House, Shipwreck Museum, President Truman's Summer White House, and the always intriguing Duval Street where there are tons of restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and the famous Sloppy Joes. If you're a Jimmy Buffet fan, stop at Margaritaville, even if you just visit the store. Mallory Dock at night is truly amazing with the throngs of people celebrating the sunset and the entertainment, mimes, jugglers, the cat man, etc., but the ships sail before sunset. The Hilton Hotel is situated on the dock and there is a bar on the top deck that you access via a stairway on the outside of the building which offers a panoramic view of the gulf while you're sipping on a Mojito or Margarita, beautiful place!
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