Key West has long been a port of call for boaters seeking a safe harbor and a good meal. Today, this is still the case for international yachts, cruise ships and transient boaters seeking shelter. Among all of these visitors, one thing rings true; each seafaring visitor wants a taste of Key West’s Caribbean inspired cuisine. Here are two you shouldn’t miss.
Dock & Dine Ops:
Key West Bight serves as the epicenter for transient boaters in Key West and although there are numerous restaurants here, the Hyatt Resort’s Shor Seafood Grill stands above the rest. With dishes like their chilled seafood tower or the chef’s specially prepared Florida lobster, your palate will be begging for more. This elegant restaurant is also ideal for taking in Key West’s classic sunset on its plantation style outdoor porch.
Located in the historic part of Key West Bight is the ever-funky Schooner Wharf Restaurant & Bar. Billed as “a last little piece of old Key West,” the restaurant lives up to this adage by offering a laid back open-air atmosphere chocked full of entertainment, while providing classic Key West dishes. Try the conch chowder or their ever-popular fresh mahi mahi fish tacos for a meal you will not forget.
Docking is much more complicated here in Key West, but totally doable. If you are a transient boater, your best bet is to tie up at the Key West City Marina, which is just a short walk to either restaurant. This dock & dine friendly marina offers hourly or daily dockage at their fixed docks. Be sure to run four lines to the dock and pilings along with a spring line. Schooner Wharf also offers daily rates and can be contacted via their website.
Stuff To Do:
Visitors have literally dozens of attractions, all within walking distance from Key West Bight. Mel Fisher’s Maritime Museum is one not to miss. The museum features many of the artifacts found by this iconic salvor, with many from early Spanish wrecks like the Atocha or Margarita. A great way to see the entire town and all of its offbeat sites would be to hop on the Conch Train. Finally, a trip to Key West would not be complete without doing the “Duval Crawl” and stopping in at Sloppy Joes Bar, a known haunt of Ernest Hemingway.