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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Be a Grown-up in Key West

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5. Oddball Day


Jetpack Adventures gives you the opportunity to soar above the water.  

Take a break from relaxing and embark on an active, adrenaline-fueled day. Start with Lazy Dog’s Fit Fusion class (from $18), a one-hour aerobic core workout on the beach mixed with yoga and paddleboarding. Afterward, grab a café con leche ($2) at Amigos Tortilla Bar, along with a couple of the eleven varieties of tacos ($3–$4) served on homemade square corn tortillas. Next, make your way over to the Key West Bight by 3 p.m. for a two-hour class with Jet Pack Adventures ($249, book in advance), during which you’ll learn how to fly 30 feet above the water. Six years in development, this new aerial water activity debuted in Key West last summer. Afterward, stop by the Green Parrot, the oldest bar on the island, for a root-beer barrel shot (root-beer schnapps dropped in a highball glass of beer; $4.50) during the 5:30 “sound check” concert. For dinner, make your way to The Stoned Crab, where you can feast on a pound of stoned crab claws ($28), a local specialty, which the restaurant catches fresh daily on a dock just a few feet away from the kitchen. Follow dinner with sweets and innuendo at Better Than Sex, a red-walled dessert lounge that serves Between My Red Velvet Sheets Cheesecake ($12.69), which takes nine hours to make and won the local Master Chef competition for best dessert in 2011. Wind down the day in the Pink Triangle area at the longest-running drag show on the island at 801 Bourbon Bar. The two nightly cabaret shows (9 and 11 p.m.) feature a rotating roster of fifteen drag performers, but keep an eye out for Sushi, the house drag queen for sixteen years, who was a pioneer of Key West’s now-famous drag scene.


Published on Feb 16, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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