Key West Spring Break 2013!

  • jongebols

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    Feb 13, 2013 9:46 AM GMT
    Pretty sure I'm headed to Key West for the week of 3/16-3/23 with some friends for spring break. Anyone else gonna be down there at that time? Any suggestions or advice? icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 11:41 AM GMT
    Hopefully our Key West pilot will fuck up so the company can send me to take his place that week. icon_twisted.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 1:00 PM GMT
    paulflexes saidHopefully our Key West pilot will fuck up so the company can send me to take his place that week. icon_twisted.gif

    Really, Paul? That might induce us to come down there earlier than we had assumed we would, in late April or May, after the room rates drop. March is indeed Spring Break, with fuller hotels and less discounts, even at the places that know us.

    BTW, did you know that more of the gay guest houses have been bought by outside (and mostly non-US) investors, and being turned straight? Only a few left now.

    We'll have to check our finances after this Mexico cruise, see if we can swing it. And if we can get our favorite room.
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    Feb 13, 2013 4:56 PM GMT
    No offense to paulflexes or ArtDeco but I'm pretty sure jongebols is looking for people closer to his own age.
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    I live on this crazy island and there is something for everyone here. Private me and I can answer any questions or make recommendations based on what you'd like to do here.

    As far as the gay guesthouses being turned straight. This isn't true. A lot of them have decided to be open to everyone. Everyone is welcome! :-)

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    Feb 13, 2013 5:12 PM GMT
    monet saidNo offense to paulflexes or ArtDeco but I'm pretty sure jongebols is looking for people closer to his own age.

    Well of course he is. But I know Key West fairly well, can offer suggestions. And if we are down there at the same time we can at least say hi, and I'll point him to places that might interest him.
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:26 PM GMT
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    monet saidNo offense to paulflexes or ArtDeco but I'm pretty sure jongebols is looking for people closer to his own age.

    Well of course he is. But I know Key West fairly well, can offer suggestions. And if we are down there at the same time we can at least say hi, and I'll point him to places that might interest him.


    I'm pretty sure he doesn't want to go to the pharmacy or Scooter Store...
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:29 PM GMT
    La De Da (did I spell that correctly?) is a fun drag show on Duval Street and I usually hate drag shows and the whole drag thing but this one is lots of fun. Island House is kind of an open air bath house but fun to hang by the pool and be astonished. Food is pretty good, too. For lunch and breakfast. If you aren't staying there you can buy a day pass for cheap and do the clothing optional pool thing. Older crowd but always a nice bunch of guys. I highly recommend it. Also has a small gym for the mornings you're feeling the need for a healthy recovery from the night before. Scuba dive if you aren't afraid of it. If you never have you can take a half day instruction called Resort Dive and still go down to 30' which off Key West gets you to some beautiful coral reefs. The fish are amazing. It's like swimming in a beautiful aquarium.
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:33 PM GMT
    I'm not going to be in Key West the same time as the OP but love going there and wanted to give some suggestions of things to do.

    I highly recommend going out on the Blue Q one day to go snorkeling. Here is some info: http://www.bluqkeywest.com/

    Also, I'd recommend going out on a boat to catch the sunset one evening and catching the sunset at Zero Duval with several hundred other tourists another evening to experience it both ways.

    Also, a bar crawl up and down Duval one night. Hit up Sloppy Joes, Fat Tuesday, Bourban Street Pub etc.

    Finally, I think the Truman Little White House is worth a visit. http://www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com/

    Have fun!

    Edit: Island House can be fun but like Destinharbor mentioned, the crowd tends to be a bit older. Still, if you wanna hang out with a bunch of gay guys at a clothing optional pool bar, it can be an interesting experience! icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 5:44 PM GMT
    Great suggestions Destinharbor and Sashaman!

    Most of the boating companies offer a combo snorkel/sunset package (I believe Blu Q does) which I would recommend. Fury is a great one to go out with. They have a sunset cruise called Commotion on the Ocean which can get a lot of people with live music.

    Mallory Square to watch the sunset is a must for a first timer to Key West. You can watch pretty awesome sunsets while having a cocktail and watching street performers.

    Aqua has a funny drag show that I would recommend. Be aware that most bars that offer entertainment will charge a cover charge (it can range from $10-20 dollars per person). Believe it or not, just being nice to the person at the door sometimes has its privilages. Not sure why that is hard for people to understand.

    Bourbon Street Bar opened up an area of their bar and now have dance music where you can actually dance.

    You can get around the island by walking or biking or if feeling adventurious then by scooter (not the kind offered by the scooter store..lol).

    We aren't really known for our beaches as the island is made of mainly of coral rock. The cleanest beach is Fort Zachary Taylor.

    Enjoy Key West!
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    Feb 13, 2013 6:43 PM GMT
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    I highly recommend going out on the Blue Q one day to go snorkeling. Here is some info: http://www.bluqkeywest.com/

    Also, I'd recommend going out on a boat to catch the sunset one evening and catching the sunset at Zero Duval with several hundred other tourists another evening to experience it both ways.





    Cram them both together! BlueQ has great sunset tours and you'll be with gays!

    Mallory Square is the place to see odd entertainment while waiting for the sunset. Although in March, I don't think it will be out west past the island far enough for it to be seen from there when it drops behind the water. (That's why a sunest cruise is better....besides, drinks are included on BlueQ.icon_wink.gif

    B.Os Fish Shack for great conch fritters.

    Blue Heaven for dinner at least once.

    Santigao's Bodega for great sangria & tapas.

    Alexander's Guest House for smaller B&B type accommodations.


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    Feb 13, 2013 7:14 PM GMT
    Sashaman said
    Also, a bar crawl up and down Duval one night. Hit up Sloppy Joes, Fat Tuesday, Bourbon Street Pub etc.

    Edit: Island House can be fun but like Destinharbor mentioned, the crowd tends to be a bit older. Still, if you wanna hang out with a bunch of gay guys at a clothing optional pool bar, it can be an interesting experience! icon_wink.gif

    Walk to the back of the Bourbon Street Pub and out the door to the outside Garden Bar next to the clothing optional pool. Part of the Pub is also New Orleans House gay guest house, our current preference for lodging. You don't have to be a guest to enjoy the bar and the view of the sometimes naked sunbathers and swimmers. Don't be surprised if a guy sits down on a barstool next to you totally nude, but it's not guaranteed, depends on the crowd there at the moment.

    Island House is good, I've stayed there myself. Main drawbacks are very limited parking, and it's at the very end of Fleming Street at White, a very long walk up to Duval and the Mallory Square area, where most of the interesting stuff is. You won't wanna take your car because you will lose your parking space if you found one, and will have trouble finding parking around Duval, too.
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:17 PM GMT
    Most of the gay bars are on the south end of Duval. More of the general nightlife stuff and restaurants are on the north end of Duval.

    Bourbon St is strippers and over-priced drinks.
    801 Bourbon has a great drag show upstairs and cheap drinks.
    Aqua has drag but never seemed crowded aside from shows.

    I recommend taking a day trip out on a boat. I did Blu Q (gay boat) with my friends.

    Rent bikes or scooters it is easier to get around and there is ample parking for both.

    Most of the gay crowd & tourists in Key West will be older men icon_wink.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:22 PM GMT
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    monet saidNo offense to paulflexes or ArtDeco but I'm pretty sure jongebols is looking for people closer to his own age.

    Well of course he is. But I know Key West fairly well, can offer suggestions. And if we are down there at the same time we can at least say hi, and I'll point him to places that might interest him.

    I'm pretty sure he doesn't want to go to the pharmacy or Scooter Store...

    Well now, see, actually he might. The Walgreen's pharmacy on Duval where he'll undoubtedly be walking contains a food convenience store. All kinds of food, dairy and snacks there, better than driving 2 miles to the Publix, if he just needs some light stuff for his room.

    As for scooter store, depends on how one defines scooter. Key West is the Vespa-type scooter rental capitol of the United States. Very popular way for tourists to get around. You can also rent GEM electric cars (like a golf cart), and bikes. Some guest houses also arrange for bike rentals, a perfect way to see the Old Town section of Key West.
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:27 PM GMT
    Sigh... it's sad that my mother has been to Key West and I haven't... uggghhh.


    I really need to do more travelling, someday!
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:31 PM GMT
    intensity69 saidSigh... it's sad that my mother has been to Key West and I haven't... uggghhh.


    I really need to do more travelling, someday!


    Well then I think a certain someone needs to book a ticket to our lovely island....just sayin...icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:39 PM GMT
    Sorry dude- I am hittin' up South Padre Island around March 11 for my SB.
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    Feb 13, 2013 7:40 PM GMT
    Key West is amazing. I love this odd little island. yes the gay crowd tends to be older, but if you're going during spring break I am sure there will be an increased presence of young bloods in the island.

    I agree with the above suggestion to book on the Blue Q... also, if you like pussy, check out the Hemingway House to get some history and your fill of cute cats.

    Here's a picture of the Walgreens on Duval Street...

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  • jongebols

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    Feb 14, 2013 7:58 AM GMT
    thanks for the suggestions everyone, these are awesome. I'll definitely be forwarding these things along to my friends after I've parsed through it all.

    Is it true that the crowd will be much older than my age group? Was certainly hoping to run into some 20 somethings haha
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    Feb 14, 2013 8:21 AM GMT
    probably! last week of march
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    Feb 14, 2013 1:41 PM GMT
    jongebols said

    Is it true that the crowd will be much older than my age group? Was certainly hoping to run into some 20 somethings haha


    To some extent it will depend on where you stay. I noticed that most of the guys at the gay guest houses were in their 30s to 50s. But there are still plenty of younger people around Key West. I imagine there will be even more during spring break season.

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    Feb 14, 2013 1:43 PM GMT
    Going there April 17-19 with a Miami trip before and after.
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    Feb 14, 2013 2:03 PM GMT
    Sashaman said
    jongebols said

    Is it true that the crowd will be much older than my age group? Was certainly hoping to run into some 20 somethings haha

    To some extent it will depend on where you stay. I noticed that most of the guys at the gay guest houses were in their 30s to 50s. But there are still plenty of younger people around Key West. I imagine there will be even more during spring break season.

    Agreed, the gay guest house crowd tends to be older in our experience. Why?

    One, because we usually go during the school year when college students can't travel, and when other young men are working. Summer is the more common time for vacations in the US, when there are other choices that become available, whereas the Keys may seem too hot & humid then. We've never been down during Spring Break, though, so we honestly don't know if the gay tourists are much younger then. I know a couple of members here who live in KW, maybe they should comment.

    Two, older men have the disposable income to stay at the pricier places, and the free time to travel more often, many being retired like we are. Three, older guys are more likely to be in an LTR, and traveling as a couple is less intimidating than traveling to a vacation destination alone. In this case our single OP is solving that problem by going with friends, but not everyone else has that opportunity.

    I will shoot an e-mail to a full-time KW resident I know who's also an RJ member and get his impression of the Spring Break crowd, and see if he has any suggestions.
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    Feb 14, 2013 3:57 PM GMT
    These 4 guesthouses are all clothing optional. The first is where we stay in KW most often, male-only, our room always on the Duval-side balcony, New Orleans House. Can be pricey depending on room. Has its own small parking lot if you arrive early before it fills, for which they charge something (we don't pay as frequent guests).

    http://www.neworleanshousekw.com

    Big Ruby's is a little expensive but among the nicest of the guesthouses, very attractive grounds. Last time I went there they allowed women guests, but they were a small minority. A few onsite parking spaces.

    http://bigrubys.com

    The infamous Island House, often criticized for being a gay bathhouse with rooms. And that's a problem HOW? LOL! Genuine drawbacks are price, very limited parking, and a long walk up Fleming Street to Duval.

    http://www.islandhousekeywest.com

    We used to stay at the Equator until we tried New Orleans House. A bit smaller, the pool not much bigger than a hot tub, but not too far down Fleming from all the attractions. And our favorite restaurant is a short walk around the corner. Limited curbside parking. We were told it's becoming straight, as did the guest houses next to them, but their site still reads gay clothing optional, so call to confirm.

    http://www.equatorresort.com

    There are many more straight and gay-friendly guest houses in KW, let us know if you need more choices than those above.
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    Feb 14, 2013 4:17 PM GMT
    jongebols said
    Is it true that the crowd will be much older than my age group? Was certainly hoping to run into some 20 somethings haha


    If you stay at the one the clothing optional gay guest houses like Island House you will be around a mostly older crowd.

    There will be younger guys around town still. And if a cruise ship is in port you might find some temporary fun on grindr icon_cool.gif