Day 4 – Pigeon Key & Key West
We were up and moving by 8:30am on Tuesday, May 30th. The very first thing we did was make our way down to the little beach area at Gilbert’s Resort to soak in the view before checking out. It was great because it was still early enough that we had the whole thing to ourselves.
After wandering around the property and grabbing a quick bite from their complimentary breakfast bar, we packed our bags back into the car and headed south down the Overseas Highway. We had somewhere to be by noon.
The last couple of times we came to the Keys we had noticed this island with an old, dilapidated ramp that was connected to the Old Seven Mile Bridge, which is no longer accessible. This tiny little island was dotted with a few cottages and had a banner hanging from the solar panels that read “See Pigeon Key”. We had been curious about this place from the first time we saw it, so it was about high time we checked it out. We stopped off at the Pigeon Key Visitor Center on Knights Key and hopped on a ferry boat.
Once we arrived at Pigeon Key, we were greeted by a very knowledgeable tour guide who showed us around the tiny island and gave us a run down of it’s history. The tour lasted about an hour, leaving us with an hour to wander around and check the place out. We hit it at the perfect time because we only had one other family of three with us during our tour, and we had caught the last tour before a very excited group of teenagers arrived for a 3-day marine science camp.
Before we knew it our two hour tour on Pigeon Key was over and it was time to make our way back to the dock. I really wished we could have more time here, I really wanted to go swimming. I was super upset with myself for not bringing our snorkel gear with us on the ferry. This place would have been awesome for snorkeling! Pigeon Key, I think it’s safe to say we will be seeing you again.
Once we left Pigeon Key we headed straight for Key West and got checked into our room at the Caribbean House. (Don’t forget to check out Booking.com to find the best rates on places like the Caribbean House!)
This place was adorable, but we didn’t hang out in the room for long. We were starving, so we headed back up the Keys a bit to Big Pine to grab some dinner at one of our favorite spots – No Name Pub.
After leaving No Name Pub (and seeing 23 Key deer!) we headed back to the Caribbean House and then took a walk around the area. We went down Duval Street just to see it and then quickly diverted to the next street over. We found ourselves in front of the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, which is also on the Register of Historic Places. This place was actually on our itinerary for tomorrow. Of course it was closed at this hour, but that’s okay because we didn’t actually want to go in. It was on our list simply because this is where you have the best chance of seeing Hemingway’s famous six-toed cats.
Best chance is right! We walked up, peeked in the gate and boom… six-toed cat.
Well that was easy.
The fact that the museum was closed most likely worked in our favor since cats tend to make themselves scarce when crowds of people are around. I’m so glad we decided to take that late night stroll. Now it was back to the room to try and get some sleep.
Totals for Day 4:
23 Key deer
2 establishments on the Register of Historic Places
1 boat ride… in the Keys 🙂
1 six-toed cat