On my day off I decided to take a drive and re visit the landmarks and other interesting places close to our spot in Key Largo. First I decided to visit the historic and World Famous “Caribbean Club”. It was developed and built by auto parts and real estate promoter Carl Graham Fisher in 1938 as a fishing club for men of modest means, “a poor man’s retreat.” Eight years after his death, the Caribbean Club became famous as an “on location” filming site for the 1947 film Key Largo starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall.
After the Caribbean Club,and a short drive later, I wanted to see if I could take a peek at one of the historic homes of Key Largo from the 1920’s, the European styled Largo Sound Rock Castle. It survived the 1935 hurricane and has many tales have been spun about ghosts, etc., The rock castle and it is located at the foot of Oceana Drive MM 103.5, oceanside. It’s vacant now and boarded up, not easy to get to from land, but I will try and see if I can see it on a boat somehow 🙂
Here is a old photo from the KeysHistory.org
Then I decided to take another short drive and checkout the Jules’ Undersea Lodge, which I’m a little “underwater” curious about.. and not sure if I would since it’s around $300 a night for the experience, to say you did it and maybe even order the diver pizza delivery, not sure yet, plus I don’t dive.. it’s just a place that stands out in my head when we come back to Key Largo. So if someone does do it.. please let me know how it goes 😀
The next place that I wanted to visit just a bit farther away located in Islamorada. I wanted to see “Pilar” the Famous Sister Ship to Hemingway’s Boat which happens to be inside the World Wide Sportsman store. Then later took walk around the restaurant and tiki bar in the back, I had check out the beautiful views!
and then last but not least.. I had one more stop left on my way back to Kings Kamp. The African Queen Cruise, was built in Lytham, England in 1912 for service in Africa for the East Africa British Railways company. She was used to shuttle cargo, missionaries and hunting parties across the Victoria Nile and Lake Albert which was located on the border between the Belgian Congo and Uganda. In 1951 it starred in the famous movie directed by John Huston. Afterwards she remained in service in Africa until 1968 when she was brought to the United States working in San Francisco, Oregan and Florida. It has been a tourist highlight of Key Largo since 1982, where it is registered as a National Historic site and in 2012 celebrated a centennial year. I did not jump aboard this time around, but perhaps one of these winters…