Jump Right In With Zac Brown Band in Islamorada

Zac Brown Band Jump Right In

Oh and lose yourself again. As the Southern wind sings again an island lullaby. It's funny how everything changes when you cross a bridge. On one side you have the 8 lane Interstate Highways, the fast paced go go go life, and the urban sprawl of Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Then on the other side you have beach front tiki bars, a relaxed frame of mind, and small town charm. The world changes … [Read more...]

2013 Key West Fantasy Fest Video

Key West Express

Spiderman, Batman, Wolverine, Pirates, Zombies and just about anything else you can think of was lined up to catch a glimpse of the Key West Fantasy Fest Captain Morgan Grand Finale Parade. The theme was Heroes, Villains and Beyond--I'm pretty sure I saw a lot of "beyond" wandering the streets of Key West during this epic event. As promised here is a short video of the 36 hour whirlwind trip to … [Read more...]

2013 Key West Fantasy Fest Photo Tour

2013 Key West Fantasy Fest

Heros, Villians, and Beyond -- that was the theme for the 2013 Key West Fantasy Fest celebration. This was my first trip down to the event and it was a whirlwind 36 hour trip that was well worth it. Shawn from Coastlines & Tanlines joined me for the adventure, we hopped the speedy Key West Express ferry south and arrived the day of the Captain Morgan Grand Finale Parade. We met up with … [Read more...]

The Grand Marshal of the Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade is…

Fantasy Fest Parade

Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad, who on Sept. 2 became the first person to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys without a shark cage, is to be the grand marshal of Key West's Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade, set for Oct. 26. The parade is the traditional highlight of the island city's lavish 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking celebration, scheduled Oct. 18-27 and themed "Super Heroes, … [Read more...]

My Time At The Lighthouse Court In Key West

Lighthouse Court Key West

I've said it once, I'll say it again, there's so much charm bundled up into the little island that is Key West. Sure it's popular for it's famous bars like Sloppy Joe's and Captain Tony's, but there's a lot more to the island than just doing the Duval crawl. There's a wealth of history, culture and yes, even peace and quiet. Peace and quiet is exactly what I got at the Lighthouse Court Hotel, a … [Read more...]

“Half” Conched In Key West Bar Crawl 2013

Conched in Key West 2013

As promised here are the rest of the photos from the 2013 "Half" Conched In Key West Bar Crawl. It's "Half" because this year we toned the bar crawl down and made it a lot more casual. No charity, no sponsorships, no liquor distributors--just like minded people enjoying Key West and everything that goes with it. Here is a brief run down of the locations we hit Friday on our way down and … [Read more...]

Hopping The Key West Express and Heading to Fantasy Fest

Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade

It seems I can't get enough of Key West. After a conch crazy bar hopping weekend with some great Castaways only two weeks ago, the southern most island is again my destination in less than two weeks time. On October the 26th I'll be jumping aboard the Key West Express ferry to photograph the Fantasy Fest Captain Morgan Grand Finale Parade. Just can't get enough of that funky little island! … [Read more...]

Bouncing Down The Florida Keys

Alabama Jacks

You know it's true when people say, " The journey, not the destination is the best reward." Traveling to a location, especially an island destination, is exponentially more fun than traveling back from one. On the way your body is full of excitement, spirits are high and everything sit in front of you, just waiting for you to take a bite. That's what it's like driving to Key West. This past … [Read more...]

15 Caribbean Beach Bars Cloaked in Black and White

Caribbean Beach Bars

The Caribbean is soaked in brilliant colors, but what if you were to wash out the blue water, pastel homes and lush rainforest, would it still be beautiful? I think so. Every once in awhile I'll pretend to be creative and turn some photos into black and white. I'm not sure what it is about black and white photos, but there's just something powerful about them. It's kind of like standing on a … [Read more...]

Fantasy Fest 2013 to Stage ‘Super Heroes, Villains & Beyond’ Oct. 18-27

Fantasy Fest 2013

Fantasy Fest 2013 revelers can unleash hidden heroics or devious alter egos Friday, Oct. 18, through Sunday, Oct. 27, during Key West's annual celebration. Themed "Super Heroes, Villains... & Beyond," the 2013 festival features 10 days of masquerade balls, costume contests, parties and uninhibited escapades, all climaxing in an epic grand parade set for Saturday, Oct. 26. Event organizers … [Read more...]

Michael McCloud – “Schooner Wharf Bar Dog”

Michael McCloud Schooner Wharf

Ahhhh, Key West. There really is no place like it. It's hard to pick just one thing that makes this rock such a unique destination, because there are a million reasons why. It's the American Caribbean, it has a rich history and has been a haven for artistic singer songwriter types for decades. When you pack a small island with a high concentration of creative types, things can get a little … [Read more...]