Cocoa Beach to Key West - June 30, 2017
Cocoa Beach is home to the largest Ron Jons Surf Shop in the world as well as the Cocoa Beach Surf Museum. The museum showcases east coast surfing and works to preserve the history of surfing through a variety of exhibits, events and programs. To accomplish this, the store and museum employ the use of 52,000 square feet of space. One of the original Ron Jon Surf Shop was opened on the pier in 1963, but later moved to it's current home off A1A and State Road 520.
The Seven Mile Bridge is one of the most famous bridges in the world. Connecting Knight's Key, which is part of the city of Marathon in the middle keys, to Little Duck Key in the lower keys, the bridge is an amazing example of engineering. The new bridge that is open for vehicular traffic is actually 6.79 miles in length and was constructed between 1978 and 1982. The older bridge was damaged during the Labor Day Hurricane of 1935 and only accommodates pedestrians and cyclists. Every year in April, the bridge is closed for approximately 2 1/2 hours for the annual fun run that commemorates the construction of the original bridge!
The Ernest Hemingway House sits a mere 16 feet above sea-level and is the second highest site on the island and Hemingway lived here from 1931 to 1939. The house was originally constructed by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage worker in 1851 and was purchased at a tax auction in 1931 for $8000 and given to Ernest and his wife, Pauline, as a wedding present. Hemingway wrote "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," his novel "To Have And Have Not", as well as "Green Hills of Africa" during the years he resided here. After his death, the property was sold to Mrs. Bernice Dickson, the founder of the museum. Today the museum is notably populated by 6 and 7 toed cats that are descendants of Hemingway's cats.
Duvall Street in Key West, is widely known for it's vibrance. Named for the first territorial governor of Florida, William Pope Duvall, the street runs just over 1.25 miles from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. At the southern end, tourists can find the iconic buoy that marks the southernmost point in the United States. Nights are often carnival like with activities that run until dawn. Tourists and residents alike often refer to the festivities as the "Duvall Pub Crawl"!