Hello! Last weekend, well two weekends ago now, Samuel and I traveled with my friend Lucy and her cousin Cynthia to the beautiful Casa Marina a Waldorf Astoria property in Key West. Some history about the property-Henry Flagler (the railroad pioneer) decided to construct this lavish property for his VIP guest on their way down on his train. Sadly, Flagler passed away before the construction was finished. His friends continued and finished the construction and built a lovely property.
Due to the fact I had to work and in between of getting myself and Sammy ready we departed to Key West around 8:30pm. From Miami to Key West is approximately a 3-4 hour drive depending on traffic. Once we passed Homestead, Fl. it was a dark ride from there especially once we hit the iconic Seven Mile Bridge. Thankfully Sammy has been taking road trips since he was 6 months old so he is a pro and it helps that he sleeps the majority of the ride too. Cynthia entertained him as well and went it came to his milk I like to buy the already prepared Enfamil Infant as it makes it easier to transfer to his bottles.
On our drive we spent it talking about girl stuff-our relationships, Sammy’s non-existent father, oh my God its 11pm how far away are we, we are HUNGRY!??! LOL
We finally arrived at 12:30am. After check-in process and getting our stuff together (thanx to the bell man that helped us with ALL of our luggages) we went to Duval Street like room service had ended. We found one restaurant- on Duval Street, Jack Flats-that was closing their kitchen at 1AM, we arrived at 12:55am. Cynthia and I ordered the first things we saw-pop corn shrimp, grouper sandwich, and fish tacos. I received a bunch of pop shrimp but after a while I was done. It was alright and their Margarita and Mojito wasn’t up to part, money wasted-my views!
Once we finished our very late dinner we went back to our hotel to sleep the rest of the evening.
The next day we woke up around 10am. We all got ready to head down for breakfast and the pool. Just in case I put baby sunscreen on Sammy before heading out and once we are at the pool as well. I always check out the hotel restaurant menus before heading out so I was already craving this Lobster Huevo Ranchero I saw. Regardless of the price it was well worth it! Oh with a side of ham.
After we all spent the afternoon at the pool. Case Marina also has an adult’s only pool across from the family pool. At the family pool they have a beach ball and tubes for the kids available. The water was just right, not too cold or too warm. After about an hour Sammy got hungry so we went to relax on the lounge chair while he drank his milk I drank my 1st Pina Colada with dark rum-awesome! I was going to order one before we left but in between of reading my magazine while Sammy napped and getting soaked with a thunderstorm that passed by I totally forgot. Instead we went walking to the pier for that Lucy and Cynthia could go into the beach.
We went upstairs around 2-3pm and Sammy knocked out again and so did I. We woke up close to 6pm to discover that Lucy and Cynthia went downstairs to read while laying on the hammocks. Let me tell you I was dying to lay in those hammocks for at least 5 minutes and I never got to 🙁 , hopefully on the next trip. Sammy and I woke up close to 6pm and we started getting ready for dinner. Lucy and Cynthia came in while we were taking a shower. We were all ready and getting into the car at 8pm to go have dinner at Alonzo’s. Lucy and I did a weekend trip in April of 2010 and we ended up having lunch here due to a recommendation from a sales agent at the Coach store. We ended up arriving during their happy hour and their food was delicious!! At that time Lucy and I ordered mad food and like 2 pitchers of Blue Moon and all we paid was like $50. That evening we ordered Crab Salad, Crab Cakes, Coconut Fried Grouper with a side of scallops, and Calamari for appetizers. Everything was great! If you are ever in Key West definitely make a lunch or dinner stop at Alonzo’s.
We decided to stroll around on Duval Street but it started raining cats and dogs again so we headed back to the hotel, by 11pm we were knocked out. The next day it was check-out day 🙁 . We enjoyed the pool and had breakfast before heading out to Duval Street to walk and then Miami. We headed to Duval Street at 12:30pm but unfortunately it started raining again so we ended up buying the famous Key Lime pies and heading to Miami close to 2pm. We made it to Homestead by 5pm. Once you made it to Homestead you know you are back on Florida and no more islands. We made a stop at the famous Robert is Here to grab some fruits. A stop at Robert is Here is a must for tourist and non-tourists. First of all they have the best milkshakes, I always get their Coconut but I’ve tried their strawberry banana and passion fruit. Every time I go I always return with fruits and vegetables as they are homegrown and his prices aren’t expensive. This time I bought green and red peppers, limes, and mangoes that were huge and delicious.
This was a much needed girls trip plus my Sammy 🙂 . I’ve visited Key West plenty of times but mostly on day trips, I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to stay at the Casa Marina. I hope to return soon and enjoy a hammock as the sun is setting.
I apologize for the delay on this review of the Casa Marina and Key West but as previously mentioned it’s been a crazy busy week/time.
Have a great week my loves and thank-you for reading!