The Best Vacation I've Ever Had In Key West, Florida

by Peter Estenoz

We are having such a wonderful time, we just wish you were here! I know this is the corniest line you have ever seen on a postcard, but its so true, and I had so much to tell you, that a postcard just doesn't have the space to write it, so I'm sitting here on a beach towel, underneath the palms here on the beach, in Key West, Florida, yep, soaking up the rays, and writing you a letter of the things we're doing on our vacation.

We got checked into our resort, and thought we would just run out and check this place out! There is so much to see on the island, first stop of course was Duval Street, we did some souvenir shopping, yes we got you something! Then it was off to other sights to see, we found Captain Tony's, Sloppy Joe's, even found Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville, and right off Duval Street is Pat Croce's Rum Barrel. We had a late lunch at the Pier House Harborview Cafe, watched some of the charter boats, and schooners coming and going, getting ready for sunset. Speaking of which, we ventured over to Mallory Square, this was an adventure in itself we enjoyed the street performers, how very talented, and got to see "Cat Man" with his trained cats! He really has them trained well, and they listen to him, mine won't even come to me when I call it, it just looks at me, and give me a "meow"! Sunset was breathtakingly beautiful, and we hear that everyone of them is different, we have much to look forward to tomorrow! We were trying to decide what to do tomorrow, and talking about maybe a fishing trip, or maybe we'll go snorkeling, we've seen so many of these fishing charters going out, and catamarans, I think they go out every day. Concierge told us that all we'll have to do is show up, they provide everything, even lunch! We're even thinking about going out on one of those romantic sunset sails. Those are reasonably priced too!

While we are here we are definitely taking in some of these tours they have on the island, and we want to visit the museums, like Mel Fisher's Museum, where you can hold a Gold Bar, and see the other treasures he discovered on the Atocha. We want to go to Hemingway's House, I've got to see those six-toed cats! We've even thought about going to the Lighthouse Museum which is across the street from Hemingway's House. Shall we venture up? Heard it was 88 steps up and 88 steps down, but the view is spectacular! We want to go to the Southernmost House Museum, which is also a guest house. We want to also do the tour from the Old Town Trolley, and learn more about the island. Oh yes, and we want to go to the Key West Butterfly Conservatory over on Duval Street. We heard there was a Historium too, the Ship Wreckers Historium, this is full of the history of the salvaging in Key West where they would yell a hardy "Wreck Ashore!," to bring in the goods, and supplies! We also planning to venture over to Fort Jefferson National Park, the Dry Tortuga's as a day trip.

The beach here is so beautiful! What a place to relax and unwind! There is a breeze coming off the water, its so peaceful, and there's a few sunbathers out on the beach, like I am, relaxing and soaking up the rays. Looking around, I see something I have never seen on the beach before: what a wonderful idea, a wedding is taking place right here on the beach, a small group of people just walked out to the waters edge, I see the groom, and friends and family, and here comes a beautiful bride dressed in a perfect dress for the beach, she's being escorted down to the groom, everyone is gathering close to hear the ceremony, and there is a photographer and a videographer capturing this wonderful event! Just them, the water as a backdrop, barefooted on the beach, how happy they look, its as if they are the only people on the beach!, and there's the kiss to seal the union! Hugs and congrats, photos and video! An excellent idea, to combine a ceremony and honeymoon in a destination beach wedding! They'll probably go to one of those really nice restaurants to celebrate! Maybe Michael's, A&B Lobster House, The Commodore, or even Louie's Backyard! For the celebratory desert, definitely Key Lime Pie!

Well, now that I've totally relaxed, its time for me to put this letter to rest, roll over and drift off in a dream while working on my tan on the other side. Yes, I'm in Paradise, this wonderful place, Key West Florida, I'll send this letter off to you later today, along with some photos, so you can see what I've been talking about, take care and we'll see you soon!

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