The tropical island is great for lounging on the beach, exploring culture, history and cuisine and snorkeling in Key West. While Key West is home to some of the best restaurants in the country, the aquamarine waters and silver sand beaches are the biggest draws here. There is much opportunity here to take in the ocean even when you dine in Key West. Here are some of the best meals to try while you’re at the historic and scenic Key West Marina which overlooks the ocean.
1. Bouillabaisse of local fish at Sun Sun in the Casa Marina Area
The Casa Marina was named after the iconic hotel built by Henry Flagler and offers tourists a completely alternate lifestyle than the Old Town district. The hotel is built in the 1950s Post-War Modern architectural style and has several opulent estates and mansions in the area. Casa Marina is just a short walk away from the busy Duval Street area and the Atlantic Beaches.
There are two restaurants here – Ramblers and Sun Sun, which both have scenic views of the Key West marina. Ramblers is a patisserie that serves breakfast pastries, Lavazza coffee, salads, sandwiches and gelato, while Sun Sun serves International cuisine with a Key West twist. Try the bouillabaisse of local fish, which is a saffron-tomato-fennel broth that is served with toasted garlic bread at Sun Sun.
2. Key West Pink Peel & Eat Shrimp at The Conch Republic Seafood Company
Key West’s signature shrimp is best had peeled and eaten at the ever-famous Conch Republic Seafood Company, right off the boat. Dig into it, no–holds barred at this iconic restaurant. The Conch Train tour stops by this seafood speciality restaurant which has a pretty extensive menu. Their raw bar serves amazing oysters too and is a great option for lunch.
The cuisine is Caribbean style entrees with a wholesome, hearty flair. The restaurant has the largest Rum Bar between Cuba and Miami with over 80 types of rum. It is quaint and old-school, with open-air marina views, antiques and slow-rotating ceiling fans. Get ‘buy-one-get-one-free’ deals during happy hour.
3. Cajun Crab Cakes with Rice & Veggies at Geiger Key Marina Smokehouse Restaurant
Head to Geiger Key Marina Smokehouse Restaurant on Sunday nights for a barbeque dinner that kicks off at 4pm where you can enjoy delicious crab cakes, served with veggies and rice. The deck and bar at Geiger are perfect for watching the amazing Key West sunset in a peaceful, and tranquil setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the nearby Sunset Celebration of Mallory Square. For dinner, head to the outdoor grill for massive portions of home-style barbeque.
4. Conch Fritters at Hurricane Hole Restaurant & Marina
Conch fritters – chunks of chewy conch meat, dipped in a batter infused with spices and deep fried can be sampled at the Waterfront Bar & Grill at the Hurricane Hole. You can dine outdoors amidst the dense mangroves or upstairs where there are videogames, darts, and free WiFi. With this you can go online with your smart phone or tablet and check out that fake McDonald’s food while you are eating real food that your body appreciates.