We found a new way to have fun. Now that there is a finished bike path from the northern end of Summerland Key all the way past us to the beginning of Sugarloaf Key we can hop on our bicycles and bar hop.
First stop: South 3 miles to the KOA Campground Bar
Second stop: Across the Overseas Highway to Mangrove Mama’s
Third stop: Back 3 miles north to our own Square Grouper
Fourth stop: Further north 3 miles to The Wharf Bar and Grill.
Then south again 3 miles back to Jolly Roger Drive.
The only thing you have to watch out for is when the bike path crosses the Highway. When this occurs you need to be VERY careful. However, we even had the traffic stop for us. That was kind of scary. Otherwise it is wait for an opening and make a dash for it!
The Wharf Bar & Grill took the place of the old Fish Cutters. It is really a great place. It has a lot of open air seating right along a canal with lots of working boats.
It is located at the far eastern end of Summerland Key, just before the bridge.
You can pull right up in your boat, as we did when Eric decided to just meet the girls at the restaurant rather than return home and get them.
The food is great. I love the Conch Chowder, which is as thick with ingredients as any you’ll get. Extensive menu, lots of other stuff available.
There is now an outdoor bar too.
Do not call the waitress “sweetie.”
25163 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, Florida 33042
Murray’s Market is the closest place to get comestables and sundries.
They have a deli with subs and cut their own meat. They also have wine and cold beer.
As usual with the smaller markets they are kind of expensive, but it beats going 8 miles to Big Pine or 20 to Key West.
Going North, Murray’s is on the right, right on the Overseas Highway at about MM 25.
We wanted to try kayaking in the back country around the Lower Keys, but were a little reluctant to try it the first time without some expert guidance.
So, we signed up for a three hour tour with Captain Bill Keogh, a naturalist and author of a Keys paddling guide.
We started at the Niles channel on the north eastern end of Summerland Key and ended at Blimp Road on Cudjoe Key.
We did some neat exploring of mangroves, saw some beautiful birds, including a Roseate Spoonbill, and some sea life. We stopped and had a picnic lunch.
Probably the neatest thing was navigating through some dense mangroves.
It was a great introduction to Keys kayaking and although it got REALLY windy as the trip went on, we had a great time.
We also bought his book, Florida Keys Paddling Guide, and use it to plan our self-guided trips.
The Square Grouper is our local, walk or bike to, restaurant. It is also one of the best restaurants in the Keys. We don’t go that often only because they do not have outside seating.
The other night we had:
- Ahi tuna
- Flash fried conch with Wasabi drizzle
- Fried coconut shrimp
Everything was delicious. I get the flash fried conch almost every time I go to the Square Grouper. I love that stuff.
A little pricey.
22658 Overseas Hwy
Summerland Key, FL 33042