Casa Marina is the area of Key West, not usually well defined, that surrounds the Casa Marina Resort, hence the name. The hotel was a destination built by Henry Flagler's railroad company to give passengers a place to stay at the end of the line, unless they were taking a ferry to Cuba. Usually the hotel is displayed from the front with all it's pomp but I as usual had other plans on my lunch break.
The hotel has a great long beach front, long by Key West standards, as do all the big hotels. Guests like to feel they are having a proper seaside vacation. The back of the hotel is less glamorous:
The public access to the little beach has been closed off by an attractive chunk of cement...
....and some cardboard and ever useful duct tape! In retrospect I wish I had tried to pick up the cement, maybe it was a Hollywood prop made of Styrofoam! I have no idea what this is all about:
You never know when you walk Key West what kind of buildings you may find and this administrative and employee housing structures behind the Casa Marina are an example of random faded beauties:
And the modern structures "in the Key West style" across the street:
And always, wherever you are you need never be too far from an ocean glimpse:At Seminole and Alberta.