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2018 Escape The Winter Trip – Day 8

Sunday may have been our most relaxed, lazy day of our entire southern adventure, and it was well earned. We spent the day hanging out with our dive group and finishing up the required paperwork to make our diving certifications legit. Hurray!  Out of sheer curiosity, I decided to have a peek at the weather forecasts between Key Largo and home, so that we’d know how absolutely lucky we were to be spending our final day in the Florida Keys.  Uhh…right…back to the sunshine and warmth for the rest of the day!

We headed to Sharkey’s Sharkbite Grill for lunch and some celebration cocktails, as it was the first time we could get everyone in the same place at the same time. Since everyone was pretty exhausted, we decided to take the rest of the day really easy and head to a small place with rave reviews, just up the street.

When we walked into the Caribbean Club, it felt like we were home! There were motorcycles in the parking lot, drinks flowing freely and a jukebox playing some good classic rock. The view from the back deck was stunning and the open air feel of the bar made it a perfect place to spend a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. The fact that it was Easter didn’t seem to matter, as the longer we stayed, the more people filled into the bar. In fact, a really good band took the stage late in the afternoon and had people out of their seats and dancing in no time at all. The only drawback of the Caribbean Club – after you’ve spent a few hours drinking, you get hungry, and the Caribbean Club doesn’t serve any food.

 

Our Great Dive Group! (We really need to get better at asking permission to use photos!)

We agreed that we were satisfied with our plentiful cocktails and headed to grab some quick dinner bites at Skippers Dockside. The food was good and despite arriving dangerously close to their closing time of 10pm, the staff were friendly and willing to feed us (thankfully!). After a great day, we headed back to the hotel to get some sleep because we planned to get on the road at 4am on Monday for the 20ish hour drive back north.

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