We preface our departure by visiting my sister and her husband in Bonita Springs south of Fort Myers (whence we launch on Monday morning). We intend to use Sunday afternoon for a late lunch and to check into our hotel so we're fully ready for departure at 7:00 am the next morning. The last time I was on a catamaran over the shallow coral reef of Key West I became hopelessly ill. I was then reminded of the quip that the worst thing about being sea sick is you're afraid you won't die. I have long since quit smoking and drinking so I am presuming my sea legs will be better adapted for this upcoming trip. It bears repeating that the name Key West may have derived from Cayo del Oso (the "Key of Bones") in reference to the many shipwrecks which plagued the unwitting mariners as they approached the exceptionally shallow waters caused by the coral reefs surrounding the island. It is nothing to venture miles off-shore only to discover the depth of the water is twenty feet or less.
As with most places in Florida the "season" in Key West doesn't begin in earnest until early January. In any event we're at an age when the mania of Duval Street is no longer attractive. We anticipate confining our leisure experiences to bicycling around the north end of the island and dining close to the Casa Marina Hotel where we'll hang out. For the most part our venues of choice are within walking distance.