Posted by: beachchairandabook | September 24, 2013

Babylon (Key West) By Bus

With only three days to play in Miami, a round trip drive to Key West seemed, at first, completely out of the question. Still, how could we be so close and yet so far from the place we’d been longing to visit for years?    As it turned out, one Google search led us to the Miami Tour Company and their Miami to Key West day trip. Just goes to show – where there’s a will, there is always a way.

In front of our Miami hotel at  6:30 am, the Beach Boys’ “Kokomo” was my morning theme song. At the sight of the big, colorful motor coach, it quickly changed to Bob Marley’s “Babylon by Bus.” Although The Conch Republic’s famous (and sometimes infamous) bar scene is well-known to anyone of drinking age (and some who are not), Babylon wasn’t on my agenda.  Instead of Captain Tony’s and the Hogs Breath Saloon,  I wanted to see the houses, the trees, the flowers and those street-walking chickens that make Key West mainland America’s Caribbean island. (We did stop for a drink in The Smallest Bar in Key West). That day I wanted to learn as much as I could in six hours about the history of the island, see the African Cemetery, the Mel Fisher Museum and the entrance to Bahama Village. I wanted to eat conch fritters in paradise and look out over the 90 miles of sea that leads to the homeland of Celia Cruz and Ibrahim Ferrer.  And In honor of the  late Mr. Ferrer, that day my farewell  song to Key West was “El Son de la Santiaguera.” I knew I’d love that little island. I’ve already planned the details of my return. All I need now is the date!



  1. Great story

  2. Great pictures — could really go for some conch fritters right now! Glad you were able to make it to Key West!

    • Thanks! One day was an appetizer., so I’ll be back. And the beaches of Florida call to me, especially when winter hits us full force:)

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