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mamamarlea in thefloridakeys


Hi, my name is Marlea, I'm from PA and I'll be RVing with my family in the keys for,at least, the first half of February. Just wondering about places to check out while we're there. We'll (there are 7 of us from age 13 to 65) be staying off mile marker 20. Would love to check out live music, fairly inexpensive restaurants or just about anything you deem worthy ;) I haven't been any further South than North Carolina so this will be totally new for me, any advice? Oh, and a question about bugs...I have 3 cats, my brother has a dog, should we worry about fleas or other bugs that bite?? Right now, here up North it's too cold for them but I'm wondering if I need to be prepared for them when we come down. Thanks for any help and advice. I'm sure I'll be posting again soon with more questions... :)


Visiting the Keys

Is this your first time going to the Keys? What fun! I can suggest several placed you may want to visit.

First, you have to welcome yourself to the Keys by stopping at Alabama Jack's.
The food is great, particularly the conch fritters and fried oysters. The service is always friendly. The view is very nice, and there is usually live music on weekends. I *never* miss stopping here.

The No Name Pub
To be honest, I've never seen children here (although there's nothing about it that's not kid-friendly), so you might want to check ahead. Again, great food (especially the fish dip and pizza), fun atmosphere, and the bonus of seeing key deer and iguanas on the trip there.

The LorELei
You MUST visit this place! More great food (best key lime pie in the Keys), gorgeous sunsets, and great live music (especially when Steve Webb is playing). And if you want to ditch the RV for a bit, the Key Lantern Inn next door is inexpensive, welcoming, and very nice.

Robbie's Hungry Tarpon
The best breakfast in the Keys. Fun and funky; and don't forget to go out back, spend $5 for a bucket of fish, and feed the tarpon!

More fantastic food, nice live music on the dock, and a beautiful view.

More good food, nice airy space, and miniature golf! Great people, and plenty of easy parking for an RV.

All of these places are kid-friendly (at least, I've seen kids everywhere except the NoName), parking is pretty easy, and prices are good (at least for the Keys).

These are all favorites of mine, places I stop every year on my trip to Key West. But remember you're on an adventure, and stopping to explore is part of the fun!

Re bugs, I've never had a bug problem in the Keys. I don't know if fleas are a problem, but the only bug bites I've ever had were flea bites after a tour of the Hemingway House in Key West (where they have at least 40 cats in residence) so I would say that if your flea-guard meds are up to date, you're probably fine.

Have a great time!!!!

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Re: Visiting the Keys

Wow, thank you so much! We will definitely check out some of these places when we're there. We'll be staying at the Sugarloaf Key KOA for 2 weeks and will be renting a car (any advice about a good car rental place?) to travel around the area and explore. All of the places you mentioned seem really neat to check out. My son, the 13 yr old, will love feeding the tarpon, and checking out the key deer and other fauna. We're all nature/animal buffs and love anything like that. Thanks again for the restaurants, too, nothing worse than being excited about going out somewhere and then having the food ruin it. I've already shown the family this Community and, after reading all of the helpful advice, they're even more excited than before about our trip, if that's possible.

Re: Visiting the Keys

I don't know about car rental, I'm afraid, as I drive down, but an online search should help you. Robbie's is a fun place, and your son will definately enjoy it!

When you go to the No Name, go past it first (you may do that anyway, since it can be hard to spot! ;-) ) and over the small bridge; that's where I've been luckiest at finding Key deer. You can find out more here
Please respect the speed limits on Big Pine, and *don't* feed the little guys, either. But you *can* feed the fish at Alabama Jack's!