Monday, May 21, 2012

400 Block Caroline

The clothing optional bar at the top is just the tip of the iceberg when you look at the whole building on Caroline and Duval.

For people who prefer adult beer in adult surroundings there's the Porch and it's craft products in the Porter Building across the street.

This block of Caroline is part of the tourist route.

Chain food is here too, the not inexpensive Brazilian barbecue joint. The meat platter at the bar is affordable.

The Lost Weekend has been around long enough to be classed as an institution.

And if that doesn't work there is the alluringly named Mr Cheapie's.

Among all these businesses a home owner needs to stand out to avoid trippers traipsing across the garden:

The Steve Walker parking lot, meter free. It's a hell of a business renting dirt for stalled vehicles.

I think this is a guesthouse but it looks like it belongs in Louisiana. Very pretty.

I have to come to terms with this piracy lunacy. As far as the history books tell us pirates were in New Providence in the Bahamas after they were kicked out of Old Providence near Nicaragua. The anti piracy squadron was based here, not the pirates. Oh well, truth and a good tourist myth should not be mixed.

Empty porches overlooking a lovely shaded street.

Sort of lovely, Grunts has come back to life across the street selling beer in a garden.

Lanes and alleys line the back of Duval:

Stools waiting for customers at Kelly's. This is quiet season after winter yet before summer vacations bring families. It's my preferred time of year.

This sign is actually true they say. Though it has lost some of it's cachet sincePan Am went bust and disappeared.

The four hundred block of Caroline looking north from Whitehead Street.

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Singing to Jeffrey's Tune said...

I must try the Porch on my next visit - (though it is only a 3 hour boat ride, it has been 5 years...).

Are you re-writing the "Streets of Key West"? Or is this just a serious of the streets around Old town and Duval?

Singing to Jeffrey's Tune said...

Series, not serious.

Conchscooter said...

It's where I've been I guess. The Tropic is around the corner and I haven't been around Duval much, especially lower Duval during the winter.