Today the weather promises to be in the 70’s without too much wind. So off to Key West to watch the Sunset at Mallory Square and start the afternoon with a little shopping and sightseeing on Duval Street. Duval Street runs from Mallory Square on the Gulf side to the Atlantic Side of the island. This is the main shopping street and is also famous for the 150 bars on these 13 blocks.
From the Virtualtourist.com web site, Duval Street is discribed as:
“Duval Street is pretty much the center of everything in old Key West. At one end (SW), you have the southernmost point, Victorian cottages and interesting shops. Maybe the occasional gay bar or female impersonator show. Cuban cigar stands, road side daiquiri and beer bars, and the wonderful Key West Butterfly Conservatory. There's even a slightly-disguised Denny's Restaurant which you WILL appreciate if you happen to be up before noon on a weekend day and would like some food for breakfast.
The NW end is rowdier, with Mallory Square and all the famous and wild bars as part of the environs. T-shirt shops, places to buy paraphenalia of questionable legality, it's all there. I found the NW end entertaining...I'm just glad that our cottage was far enough away from all the noise. This is NOT the sort of place where you visit cooking stores or buy gourmet olive oil. You might find other kinds of oils for sale, though. Have a talk with your kids before you take them into the area at night.
But one note...it's basically safe, nobody really hassles you here. Too laid back for hassle, and probably too hot, too. I'm sure crime occurs, but I never felt threatened anywhere on Duval Street at any time, night or day.”
Child with large snake. Part of live performance on Duval Street. (Note: Child’s parent paid to have the snake placed on the family.)
Side street parking for motorcycles.
Jenna likes home make ice-cream.
Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
The official web site states: “Sunset Celebration takes place at Mallory Square in Key West, Florida. The participants of this Key West attraction consist of arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, food carts, psychics and of course the thousands of tourists from around the world who visit this Key West art show. Each night around two hours before sunset masses of people, both locals and tourists alike, flock to the water's edge to experience a multicultural happening and to watch the sun sink into the Gulf of Mexico.”
And the site is very right.
And finally the sunset.