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About dablondebabe

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  1. dablondebabe


    We have a few companies....the most popular are Fury and Seabago. Both are good tours! I'd book through the companies and save the $$$! Both are easily accessible from ship locations.
  2. Have a Mojito at El Maison De Pepe (outside bar is best) located in Mallory Square! Great to grab one on your way to the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory! Those drinks kick butt!!!
  3. I think City View gives you more hop-on-hop-off options, but both are a great way to get an overview of Key West. I agree with the Butterfly Conservancy suggestion. We also have a very unique Aquarium close to the cruise port. One of the City View Trolley stops is Higgs Beach/ Key West Wildlife Center. I am a volunteer at the wildlife center...so I am a bit biased :-)...but it is a rescue/rehabilitation center which cares for native and migratory birds, many of which you can see at the center. There is also a freshwater pond where kids can feed the resident turtles. Enjoy!
  4. dablondebabe


    Yes we have Starbucks...but do yourself a favor and try a local favorite...Cuban Cafe con leche!! They are available in many locations but my favorites are the Cuban Coffee Queen.... just around the corner from Half Shell Raw Bar and Schooner Wharf. Sandys Cafe on White Street. Beats the heck out a mocha frappa latta whatta!!! :-)
  5. Don't miss the Aquarium!!!!
  6. I just got back from Roatan last week and because of some threads I read here, went to West End for snorkeling. I am so glad I did!!! It was some of the best snorkeling I have ever done in my life and I live in the Florida Keys!!! The reef is no more than a five minute swim from the beach and with such abundant fish life! We took a cab for $30/ person(round trip) and for an extra $10/person you have access to a beautiful beach at a private resort. We stayed at Maya Princess. Besides it is only a 20-30 minute cab ride. I did not hear how the beach and snorkeling were at Mahogany Beach but the reef is located along the west end so I can't imagine it could have been any better than what I experienced.
  7. I will second Beccastorm. Just got back from Belize last week and did that tour trough Belize Excursions...had a great time, although the ride to the location was pretty wild! We had a great guide for the cave tubing and the ziplining was a blast!! We saw monkeys and Tucans in the trees! I have also heard great things about a company called Butts Up who does the same tour.
  8. Just got back from Grand Cayman last week. We did the jet ski tour to Stingray City Sandbar and Rum Point! Had an amazing time!!! We left from a resort and were able to leave belongings in the jet ski rental shed. We had no problems whatsoever! I only took a waterproof camera, sunscreen and some cash for drinks at Rum Point. Have fun!!!
  9. I just returned from a Carnival Liberty cruise and the info in this thread made all of the difference!!!!! I took a cab to the West End...Infinity Bay Resort area... and did some of the best snorkeling I have ever done! For $40/person we got a cab for the day and entrance into the to Mayan Princess Resort...a private resort where we had access to the pool, restruants, bars, beach chairs...well worth the $10 cover charge! The beach was beautiful and was just one property away from Infinity Bay snorkeling area. We found the 'kidney' shaped sandbar just beyond a pier and followed it out to the reef. It was great to see such abundant fish life and healthy reefs! I live in the Florida Keys so I am also pretty picky about where I snorkel...I want to actually SEE something! So thank you for this great thread!!!!
  10. I have done Stingray City twice and would highly recommend a tour that goes to the Stingray City Sandbar instead of Stingray City!! I did Stingray City via a cattle boat a few years ago, which was fun, but too many people in the water. Was just in Grand Cayman last week and did a different tour which included a jet ski tour to the sandbar. It was amazing! Just the few people on our tour were in the water with dozens of stingrays on a beautiful sandbar! We could see at least 4 boats, loaded with people, at the Stingray City site. I booked the tour from a private company located in the port and had no problems!
  11. Perhaps if you toss a line down from Top of La Concha! No, no, no I am not suggesting that! No zipping here.
  12. We do have iguanas here but they are usually not a problem and they do everything to avoid humans!
  13. You can check with Lazy Dog Adventures. They are on just outside Key West city limits at Hurricane Hole Marina, but I know they provide transportation to and from their location. Not sure about times of tours, but I see people going out on them at various times.
  14. The Hotel/Cafe' has been doing a nice job of keeping the beach area clean. Juan is the beach attendant and is a great guy!! He takes great care of the guests!
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