Guy Harvey Magazine

SUM 2013

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Bud n' Mary's at MM 79.8. They can connect you with some of the best captains in the entire island chain. The place has been around since 1944, and the marina has keeps the old Florida Keys ambience alive and well. Rolling out of No Name Key, it was time for the last leg of the journey. Key a remarkable history, from catching world-record fsh, to welcoming all kinds of West and my buddy Diego lay just ahead. By island standards, Key West is a celebrities, including former U.S. presidents. bustling metropolis. As the southernmost point on the U.S. map, it's the jumping- If you are traveling with kids, be sure to make your next stop Robbie's Marina of point for serious fshing and diving and attracts a lot of free spirits. There at MM 77.5. Right of the highway sits a little shack with a big, silvery surprise. are also plenty of landmarks, from Mallory Square to Sloppy Joes. On this trip, I Actually, lots of them. I remember being a kid and making frequent visits here. We wanted to check out a new development called Stock Island Marina Village. More all loved coming down, renting kayaks and paddling around the mangroves. But than a marina, the property will focus on community improvement, resource the main attraction is the tarpon feeding. For frst-timers, the experience is a rush conservation and sustained economic development. It will completely transform and it's hard to tell the adults from the kids once the action starts. Visitors pay for a the area along Shrimp Road. bucket of pilchards, go to the end of the dock and dangle the treat just above the I met up with Rob Smith-Martin, principal advisor for the project. Over lunch, water. Out of nowhere the water explodes and a big silver king, mouth wide open, we exchanged fsh stories and talked about the plans for Stock Island. He was like inhales the little fshy treat. It sounds simple, but it will jump-start anybody's heart. a living, breathing brochure, just brimming with details about everything that It all began nearly 20 years ago with one tarpon, but now it's estimated up to 100 was coming. After lunch, we went to the property and I was starting to become a fsh roam around the docks. After you feed the tarpon, you can rent a kayak for a believer. The place is massive, with a deep-water marina and direct ocean access. personal mangrove tour, or visit Robbie's restaurant for a fshy treat of your own. Rob said the goal is to provide secure and sheltered dockage with a laid-back, I climbed back in the truck and headed south again. Next stop: Big Pine Key. amenities-rich, authentic Key West experience that gives guests access to all the You'll know you're there because of the "Deer Crossing" signs. You should watch action but keeps them just beyond the noise and crowds of Duval Street. Also in your speed, both to avoid hitting any deer and to stay on the good side of the the plans is to develop a bio-diesel facility on property and set aside 35% of the Monroe County Sherif's deputies that patrol the area. Keep going, and in a short land to be used exclusively for "working waterfront"—commercial fshermen, trap distance, you will come upon another sign: "No Name Key." This is the heart of the and gear storage, artisans and craftsmen. I left confdent that Stock Island would deer's turf. Slow down, get your camera ready and between swerving around the be in my future travel plans. iguanas sunbathing on the road, you've got a good chance of seeing some deer. Another three miles down the road and it's time to hit another watering hole. My trip was winding up, and it was time to hunt down Diego and wet some lines. I'd only been on the road a couple of days, but I could feel the symptoms of Keys "No Name Pub" is famous for its pizza and unique décor. Yes, I said "pizza." It's not Disease faring up. If you've never made a road trip through the Keys, just remember, the typical Keys fare, but you don't want to miss it. Besides pizza, the pub ofers the upper Keys are about diving, the middle Keys are about fshing and the lower great fsh dip, spicy conch fritters and a selection of your favorite beers. It's a dark, Keys about everything else. More importantly, take time to investigate the hidden cozy place with literally thousands of dollar bills covering the ceiling and area gems that keep the island vibe alive and well. These are the places that provide a real surrounding the bar. On this trip, I kept the tradition, wrote on one of my dollar sense of community for the Conch Republic—places that give back, that help kids bills and stapled it into history. No Name Pub is one of those laid-back places that with disabilities, promote conservation and ft the ethos of living a sustainable life.

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