Day 4: Key Largo to Key West
The Pennekamp Reef State Park offers glass-bottom-ship tours and snorkelling tours. We did not go on either and instead spent some time on the "beach", as we planned to snorkel in Dry Tortugas. Apart from some trails nothing much of interest here. Safe to skip if not snorkeling. The drive thru the Keys is amazing.
The 7-mile bridge is breathtaking. The mangrove islands are a sight for sore-eyes. One of the best-discoveries of this trip were the public beaches with picnic facilities.
We stopped at the Anne's Beach (MM ~73.5) to have lunch. It was absolutely fantastic, seats facing the ocean. Why this is has not been advertised beats me.
Sunset from Mallory Square was wonderful. We watched it from the piers by the dock. There are street shows featuring acrobats, fire-eaters, escape artists - all of whom will entertain you. At the same time, socially pressurize you for tips, which is fair.
Our hotel was very nice. Room was clean, and also had a small kichenette of sorts - pleasant surprise! Microwave and fridge available.
You will walk a lot because parking is a nightmare. Hold on to your spot.
We dined in Blue Heaven - "only veggie restaurant" - which was terrbily overpriced along with everything else there. Paid 25$ for what amounted to rice and beans!