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Old 04-03-2017, 04:23 PM   #1
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Key West, FL

Seriously thinking about booking a trip to Key West in October. I found a great resort that is away from the "downtown" area with bikes available for travelling. There's one area that has a bunch of things to sight see that I could wack out in one day. The rest of the time, sit on the sandy white beach right outside of my hotel room and relax.

Anybody been?
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:12 PM   #2
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Never went there in October but the last third of the month is Fantasy Fest in Key West. Kind of like Mardi-Gras with parades and stuff.
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Old 04-03-2017, 08:47 PM   #3
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http://www.fantasyfest.com/
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Old 04-03-2017, 09:49 PM   #4
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:37 AM   #5
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I'm going in late June/early July. Not the best time to be going, but there you go.

It's a Boy Scout thing. We drive down the Keys almost to the bottom and then get into canoes and paddle 5 miles to Big Munson Island. We camp there for several days in a primitive location and do a lot of kayaking, snorkeling, and fishing.
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:32 AM   #6
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Never went there in October but the last third of the month is Fantasy Fest in Key West. Kind of like Mardi-Gras with parades and stuff.
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http://www.fantasyfest.com/
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....I think you may have just convinced me to go....
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Old 04-04-2017, 09:03 PM   #7
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You should have fun, don't forget your camera.
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Old 04-06-2017, 06:53 PM   #8
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Ok. So booking during Fantasy Fest is WAY expensive. I think, this year, I am going to go after. It's about half the price for a hotel room. I am going to go from Thursday to Tuesday so I can enjoy the weekend down there. All I have to do is book it. That's the scariest part.



ETA - aaaand I'm booked.
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:16 AM   #9
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I just realized that the hotel I booked isn't on the beach. But it has a pool and is near the downtown area where things happen. I think I am ok with it.
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Old 04-07-2017, 10:25 AM   #10
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Very exciting! We will need pics!
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Old 04-07-2017, 12:03 PM   #11
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Very exciting! We will need pics!
Definitely! I am already planning the sight seeing!
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Old 09-15-2017, 09:58 AM   #12
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Well, I think I'm going to cancel my Key West trip in light of the Hurricane. While I know tourism dollars will help, I don't want to be the asshole on vacation while people are rebuilding their lives.

Now, I just need to find another place to go and do Key West next year.
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:07 AM   #13
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I can understand you feeling that way. It's fucked up down there but fortunately not as bad as they expected.
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Old 09-15-2017, 02:25 PM   #14
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Sorry for your vacation situation, but this is just a random thought:

What if, what if a new kind of vacation became popular. Ease the guilt of visiting catastrophe-stricken, beautiful areas, by signing up for a Volunteerism Vacation. Like a "package deal" type setup, where a non-profit organization sets you up with modest accommodations, sets up some volunteer activities and shuttles you to the site, and also gives you plenty of personal time for chilling on the beach, etc.

Forego all the pageantry and pomp of the 'fancy hotel' and drowsy buffet browsing, instead --take a break from your desk job by putting on some work boots and getting a whole-body workout. Brag to your friends about the "charity work" you took time off for!
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Old 09-23-2017, 07:58 PM   #15
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I've decided to wait until October20th to cancel. That's when they want to be open to tourists. If they are, I'll go. If not, I'll reschedule.

Flint - I would totally do that.
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