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Trip Report - Homebase Truman Annex Shipyard Condo

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Trip Report - Homebase Truman Annex Shipyard Condo

First off, thanks to all who use this forum for their comments and information.

The condo in the Shipyards of the Truman Annex was perfect for us (my husband, my 13 year old son and me). Since we were there for a week, beginning April 1, it was great to have a house like atmosphere. The pool area was clean and the people we met (some owners from Wisconsin) were friendly. The condo location is perfect. It takes longer to lock up the bikes than to walk to Blue Heaven; the Green Parrot is a less than a 5 minute bike ride and Fort Zachary is around the corner.

Conch Bike Express delivered the bikes first thing Sunday morning and we rode everywhere all the time. The bikes came with lights, locks, and baskets for $40 a week, each. They picked them up on the 8th after we left. It’s a great arrangement.

Rode around checking out Key West and finding neat places to eat and drink. My son discovered oysters and we ordered them raw or steamed all over town. Played pool at Captain Tony’s. Hung out at Hog’s Breath, which my son wanted to go back to, which we did. Got on the HB bar cam and called friends back home to rub it in…LOL… Visited the historic seaport places that we missed last time. Ate at Half Shell, Turtle Kraals, Conch Republic (a little disappointing) B.O.’s Fish Wagon –which was excellent- What is that cocktail sauce?? Love it. At Two Friends we had a Russian waitress who must have worked at Ed Debevics in Chicago – deadpan, sarcastic and funny.

On Wednesday we did the Sebago Island Ting. Thank you, thank you PJK!! What an absolutely fabulous time! The crew is fantastic especially Sassy and Beth. The food is very, very good and the beer and sangria flows very freely. The snorkeling was great and the kayaking was fun. I handed out some of my ginger pills to a couple of “seasicky” women and one of the ladies ended being my kayak partner. We saw dolphins and the crew was elated. They said that the dolphins rarely get that close to the catamaran. When in Key West YOU MUST GET OUT ON THE WATER !

We biked out to Don’s Place to get a reference for a light tackle fishing trip. We had been there earlier in the week because a guy from our city had bought it a couple years ago and one of our neighbors wanted us to say “hi”. Great local bar. Met a regular, Richard, who bought us drinks. Thanks Richard. People there suggested Capt. John’s Greyhound V. (Garrison Bight) for fishng.

What a great ½ Day of party boat fishing. Starts later, around 11:00 and ends about 4:00pm. Caught a bunch of grunts and my son caught a Lane sapper big enough to be on the board. First mate Oscar clearly loves his job and is a hoot. It was around $135 for all three of us, license, rods, bait and “assistance”. They filleted the catch and sent us over to Conchy Joe’s across the street. The restaurant has a "cook your catch" (all of it, four different ways) for $10 and two sides. Got my grunts, yum! Beautiful views from the top sun deck going in and out of the harbor.

Enjoyed the Butterfly conservatory, although I think the guys tolerated it. Tuesday morning I got to peruse some art galleries while the guys drove the golf cart and lost balls at the Key West Golf course. Thursday, we spent an afternoon at Fort Zach. My son enjoyed the Sebago snorkeling and wanted to do the rocks off the shore. He said the snorkeling was better than he expected.

We had fantastic weather and will be back again. BTW, I found the premium tequila. Bought some Cabo at a liquor store near Publix and bought some Don Julio at Mr. Cheapee’s on Caroline, which has a big selection.

Thanks again to all.

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21. Re: Trip Report - Homebase Truman Annex Shipyard Condo

Yes, to the cabs with racks thing, and you would likely want to try to take your bikes back to the condo with you, rather than leave them even locked to a bike rack overnight. We've had locked up bikes stolen more than once--funny thing, though, it's an island, and they always turn up somewhere! Conch Bike Express is great; we've rented from them for many years. They deliver the bikes, with baskets, locks, lights and reflectors right to your hotel or condo, and they will pick them up, too, at the end of your stay. They are friendly, prompt and cheap.

Publix is a grocery store chain, and yes, beer and wine are sold there, except before noon on Sunday. There is no shortage of places to buy beer and wine, and there are many package stores all over, for hard liquor.

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22. Re: Trip Report - Homebase Truman Annex Shipyard Condo

JennyVT,

Thanks for the kind words. Many people on this forum have commented with helpful info for me. I'm glad to be able to "pay it forward".

Segago Island Ting is only available Wed, Fri, and Sun 10:00 to 4:00

http://www.keywestsebago.com/islandting.php

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23. Re: Trip Report - Homebase Truman Annex Shipyard Condo

Thanks for all the great info. We definitely want to take our son to some of our favorite places during the day. He'll be taking his Playstation with him so he can keep himself entertained for a little while in the evenings. ;) Our oldest son is 21 -- he and his g/f will be joining us for the first three nights only. Our 14 y/o will be with us all week, so we'll be looking for things to do that will entertain him. The fishing party boat sounds great, and we want to do a snorkel boat, too. Looks like we'll be really close to Fort Zachary Taylor, so we want to go there this time around, haven't been there before. We'll definitely want to hit SWB and PT's, among other places. I think there is plenty to do in Key West to make everyone happy. The kids are really excited (almost as excited as their mom). :) Thanks again for all the tips!