Key West: Who Rode A Mechanical Bull?
Jonathan's Key West
Key West is regarded as a paradise, attracting thousands of tourists from all over the world each year. The island is known for its nightlife, distinct architecture, beautiful sunny weather and its island feel.
This was Wendy and my first trip together, as Palm Beach County residents we wanted to find a quick local getaway, and Key West was the perfect choice as it is only a 4-5 hour drive, easily manageable to do in the morning and still arrive and have most of the day to enjoy all the island has to offer. In Key West there is something for everybody, it has an incredibly laid back, come as you are, paradise feel to it. The people are so welcoming and friendly and there is something to learn from everyone. Talking to the locals is a way to learn so much more about the island’s history and give you a different perspective of it beyond just it being a tourist destination.
The place we stayed
We stayed at Alexander’s Guesthouse, an LGBT & friends Bed & Breakfast which was literally perfect. The location was ideal, just being a few blocks north of all the fun on Duval yet in a quiet part of the neighborhood. From the second we had arrived the staff was so welcoming and courteous, setting us up for the great stay that we had. Breakfast in the morning was served in their beautiful kitchen, with everything from homemade omelettes to delicious Cuban espressos. The poolside happy hour was a great time, with yummy drinks provided by the bartender Jorge. Everyone was in the pool and having a good time mingling with each other. Nothing but good vibes at Alexander’s Guesthouse.
Somebody rode a mechanical bull
The first night as we had left the drag show at Aqua nightclub, we were walking along Duval Street and looking for other places to check out. We ended up going to a Wild West style bar that had a live band and a mechanical bull. Wendy convinced me to take a shot at riding the bull.. never before had I even thought of going on one of those things. In my buzzed mindset I decided to forget my fears and just go for it. Having to sign a liability waiver almost make me second guess it and not go for it, but I wanted to channel my inner cowboy and give it a shot. I managed to last about 30 seconds on the bull, they said that wasn’t bad for a first time rider. Would I ride a mechanical bull again? Maybe if I wasn't wearing shorts #chafing
The next day we stopped by Ernest Hemingway’s house just off Duval street. The Hemingway House is a Key West must see. The house is on such a tranquil property with lots of shady palm trees and a grand swimming pool. There are cats almost everywhere just lounging around in the shade all day, it made me laugh when Wendy said to me “When I go I want to come back as a Hemingway cat.” Hemingway cats are truly living the life.
Having only lived in Florida for not even 2 years yet, leaving the mainland and going down to the Keys gave me a different perspective about our state. I felt a totally different feeling and vibe down in Key West than I did in Palm Beach. Here in Palm Beach we work and live, it's not always easy to see Florida as the paradise that attracts the millions of annual tourists. Key West gave me that paradise feeling that I had been missing for a while down here. What’s even better is that Key West is just a few hours drive away, there’s always the chance to go on down and just unwind and forget about the hustle and bustle of that South Florida can have.
My experience in Key West may have been short but it was just enough to make me fall in love with it. Whenever I get tired of South Florida I know that I can have a quick getaway to the Keys to unwind and refresh. And all those delicious cocktails in Key West left me SHOOKETH!