Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My New Years's Gift to you...GPS Coordinates

32 Inch Hogfish
Numbers...that's all they are.  Ahhhhh, but what treasures these numbers hold!!! LOL, Like magicians revealing their tricks, "Numbers" as they are often referred to are often quite prized, (especially if they consistently produce) and are part of the "magic" of fishing and thus closely guarded.  Still in the Holiday Spirit, The Conchquistador is giving you great GPS Coordinates to start the New Year off right!  The following are GPS Coordinates for wrecks in the Florida Keys that hold the key to sublime fishing.
I love Fishing off the wrecks, as they are home to Snapper, Grouper, and Hogfish alike. With so many wrecks in the Florida Keys, the choices of fish to target are almost endless
Just pop these into your Garmin, Lowrance, or Raymarine and you are good to go!!  The first numbers are N and and second set are W.
Wishing you Tight Lines!!

Alligator 24.85207778 -80.61645000
Alma Dean 24.75375 -80.81645556
Bags 24.70375833 -82.42816667
Baja California 25.23373889 -82.44983333
Benwood 25.05206944 -80.33310833
Big Wheel 25.16704167 -84.99985000
Captain Crunch 25.00833333 -80.39166667
Caterpillar 24.76875278 -82.07482222
Cayman Salvagemaster 24.55041667 -81.82060000
Coot 24.61709444 -82.58316667
E.J. Bullock 24.50043333 -82.99984167
Eagle Boat 24.6407 -82.10815556
Edward Luckenback 24.95207778 -81.89981944
El Poder De Dios 24.81708056 -80.69978333
Emily Brown 24.56391389 -81.81636389
Erickson 24.58683333 -81.80968611
Escape Machine 25.17206944 -81.49980833
F.V. Sylvia 25.36705556 -80.13310000
Flintstone 24.62709722 -82.70983889
Goloenk 24.51153611 -81.80758889
Goodluck 24.60324444 -81.88693611
Gulfstate 24.43375833 -80.29975833
Gundor 24.94874444 -81.77648056
H.H. Conway 24.66708611 -81.06645833
H.M. Bickford 25.25035 -86.34985833
Hermis 24.60042222 -83.53317222
HMS Winchester 25.20039722 -80.21810278
Infringer 24.62709720 -82.70983881
J.A. Moffet Jr. 24.78374722 -80.69978333
Kopy Kat 24.51153612 -81.80758891
Lake City 24.500425 -81.48313611
Managua 24.08377222 -81.66646667
Maria 24.68375278 -81.08312778
Marie J. Thompson 24.586375 -81.80887500
Mentor 24.18370278 -87.03315278
Mimiva 25.38372222 -80.04976389
Miss Beverly Anne 24.60833333 -81.88333333
Miss Sandra 24.64375556 -81.90148333
Norlindo 24.9504 -83.99984444
Northern Light 25.05040278 -80.21643611
Outbound 25.21706111 -79.12886944
Planter 24.30043056 -81.13312222
S-16 24.42043056 -82.03981667
Santiago De Cuba 24.36709722 -81.91648056
Scuffler 24.84846667 -80.62478333
Spindrift 24.66708611 -81.79981389
Spot Jack 24.94208333 -82.77484167
Sturtevant 24.76375278 -82.01981944
Swiftwater Ii 24.69 -80.85666667
U-157 24.21710278 -82.04981389
U-2513 24.86708333 -83.31651111
Vitric 24.96707222 -80.31643889
Wreck 24.50722222 -81.83805556
YMS 319 24.63375833 -82.16648889
YP 331 24.93374444 -81.96648611

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Christmas... Keys Style

My wife Michelle and I saw this this morning on and just had to put it on here!!! So true to a Holiday in the Keys.
Please click on the beautiful wreathes to visit, artist Margorie Smith's warm collection of Keys inspired art.

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the Keys,
Most of the anglers were enjoying a warm ocean breeze.
The rods were all rigged by the transom with care,
In hopes that big fish will soon leave their lairs.
The beers were nestled all snug in the ice,
While visions of hookups soon would be nice.
And mamma in her 'kini, and I in my Crocks,
Had just cast off lines from our Key Largo dock.
When out on the flats there arose such a splash,
I sprang from the helm to see a bright silver flash.
Away toward the clatter I drove in a dash,
The outboard's high revs ate up more of my cash.
The sun on the glass of the calm ocean seas
Gave the luster of the Caribbean to the coconut trees.
When, what to my Costa-clad eyes should appear,
But a monster, bearded permit, and eight tiny Key deer.
With a little old remora, so shiny and black,
I knew in a moment it was Christmas Jack.
More rapid than wahoo his coursers they came,
And he jumped, and breached, as he called them by name.
"Now Snapper! Now Grouper, Now Lobster and Wrass!
On Marlin! On Sailfish! On 'Cuda and Sea Bass!
To the top of the tuna tower! To the top of the mast!
Now swim away! Swim away! Swim away fast!"
As Jim Cantore before the mild hurricane arrives,
Christmas Jack rattles his gills, as tourism dies.
Then Jack to his namesake Alabama's he flew,
With a sleigh full of fritters and a few snowbirds too.
And then, with stars twinkling, I heard on the ocean
The jumping and splashing of a fish fighting commotion.
As I drew in my line, and was turning my reel,
Among the sea grass Jack swam right by my keel.
He was dressed in all scales, from his tail to his mouth,
Christmas Jack is the most popular holiday fish in the South.
A bundle of toys he had flung 'round his gills,
He looked like a sailfish school sharpening their bills.
His eyes, how they twinkled! His belly, how yellow!
There never has been a more merry pelagic fellow.
His droll little mouth had nibbled my hook,
And the remora on his chin gave me a very cross look.
So I removed the hook held tight in his teeth,
And returned my rod to its waterproof sheath.
Jack had a flat rounded face, and silver, metallic side,
That shook when he laughed as he swam away with the tide.
His crescent tail took him quickly toward the Continental Shelf,
And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself.
A wink of his eye and a twist of his head,
Soon gave me to know that gamefish aren't meant to be dead.
He spoke not a word, but swam right round the boat,
And a small self-conscious lump arouse in my throat.
And laying a flipper aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up into the air he rose.
He shook side to side, to his Key deer he did whistle,
And away they all swam like a happy holiday missile.
But I heard him exclaim, 'ere he dove out of sight:
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good fight!"

Wishing you the happiest of Holiday Seasons from my family to yours!!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Conchquistador Deal of The Day 12/22

113 Peace Ave Key Largo

I must say, that I've been waiting...betting, even...betting that we would see a navigable waterfront home sell under $300,000 and now...BOOM here we go!!!
Navigable Waterfont Home Closed  for $295,000!
I am in shock, even though I anticipated it.  A few years ago, it would have seemed like a pipedream to get a house on the water at this price...$295,000.
Now, this is not a USDA Prime Home. What would you expect at this price??  BUT it IS waterfront, and it IS Navigable, on Dove Creek on the Ocean Side.  A great Keys get away for the lucky new Buyer.
I swear, they are going off like popcorn!! Lot's of vitality in the Market down here now.

113 Peace Ave Key Largo
Description: Two bedroom two bath Canal front home with plenty of dockage. Open Ocean access in just minutes. Oversized lot for guest entertaining. Open living area to kitchen. Perfect Keys~Get~A~Way. Brand new stairs upon entrance.

2 Bedrooms / 2 bathrooms
Mile Marker 94
List Price: $316,800 - Sold Price: $295,000
Sold in 70 days
On the Market in 2005 for $899,000
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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

The Conchquistador Deal of The Day 12/21

572 Beach Road Key Largo
Navigable Waterfront Home Sold for $301,000.
And the deals just keep on coming!!!!  Wow! just when I thought I found the best deal....another one pops up.  We were just chatting here, in the office at American Caribbean, this morning, about the vitality that we are seeing in the market down here in the Florida Keys and how ironically the increased volume of sales has had the effect of LOWERING prices !!!  Now, how long that will last is a good guess, but these SOLD prices that we are seeing are amazing.  Today's deal barely eclipsed $300,000!! A navigable waterfront home in Key Largo for $301,000.  And this isn't a 2 bedroom Conch Cottage, but rather a 5 bedroom home!! Just mere minutes to some of the world's greatest sportfishing and diving. If owning a waterfront home were ever on your bucket list...Now is the Time to act!!!

572 Beach Road Key Largo
5 Bedrooms / 2.1 Bathrooms
List Price: $325,710 / Sold Price: $301,000
48 Days on the Market
Last sold in 2007 for $650,000
Description: Terrific value on the canal, oceanside in Tavernier. Large 5 bedroom, 2.1 bath home with direct ocean access. Near Harry Harris Park
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Monday, December 20, 2010

The Conchquistador Deal of The Day 12/20

197 Nautilus Drive  Lower Matecumbe Islamorada
Waterfront Foreclosure Under $400,000!
The Holidays just keep dropping more real estate presents under the tree!!  This one..was wrapped with BIG RED BOW!  Islamorada Navigable Waterfront under $400,000!  Sorry for all of the exclamation marks, but this stuff gets me excited, and if you are interested in finding your own Keys Treasure, it should get you excited too.  This property was a foreclosure that was relatively well maintained in a super location on Lower Matecumbe Key, my personal favorite of all the Keys, and part of the Village of Islamorada.  It still amazes me that property prices have gotten this low, and with interest rates this tiny as well, the dream of owning in the Keys and on the water is now a very very attainable reality.
This property had previously sold in 2006 at $760,000.

197 Nautilus Drive  Lower Matecumbe Islamorada
Relaxing Keys Waterfront
Description: Newer and well kept Bank Owned property in quiet area of Islamorada. Nice canal with easy access to the Gulf. This beauty is neat and clean and ready for it's new owners to begin enjoying life in Islamorada. Large rear deck and spacious fenced area under the home covered storage.
List Price: $371,500 / Sold Price: $324,000
3 Bedrooms/ 2 Bathrooms
Mile Marker 74.5
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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Very Cool New Florida Keys App For Smart Phones!

This is soooo cool!!! I love new technology and this rocks! in conjunction with the various Chambers of Commerce including the Islamorada Chamber of which the Conchquistador is a proud member, has developed a new application for Smartphones that offers a wealth of information at your fingertips for Tourists and Locals alike.
A free cross platform app that is available for iPhones, iPads, Blackberrys, and Androids, offers the ability for social networking, accommodations searches, restaurant searches, event calendars, interactive maps, videos, and much much more!
Here is their official description:
" has created the Florida Keys Smartphone App for those traveling and exploring the beautiful Florida Keys. As the Agency of Record for the Monroe County Tourist Development Council (TDC) for more than 15 years, we built and currently maintain their web site, The TDC web site database serves as the backend of the Florida Keys Smartphone App. This heavily trafficked site is visited 4.7 million times annually. Our destination marketing portfolio includes the following websites:

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Monday, December 13, 2010

The Conchquistador Deal of The Day 12/13

35 South Drive, Key Largo
Yes Virgina, the IS a Santa Claus!! And this year he came early for a very astute buyer!  Stillwright Point (originally called Stellrecht Point) is one of the premium neighborhoods in Key Largo, and not only is today's deal located in Stillwright Point, it is located on navigable water... for a sale price of $345,000! Key a premium neighborhood....UNDER $400,000!! 
Wow, they most certainly were not on the naughty list to get this deal, which was only on the market for 70 days.

35 South Drive, Key Largo
2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms
List Price: $349,900 / Sold Price $335,000
Mile Marker 105
Days on Market 70
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Friday, December 10, 2010

Key Largo Boat Parade This Saturday!

My family loves boat parades around the Holidays. One of the special treats that living down here enables us to enjoy! We are going to raft up this year near the Caribbean Club and watch the festivities.
This year the Key Largo Parade will honor the 50th year celebration of the John Pennekamp Coral Reef Park.  
Marathon and Key West will also have their parades on Saturday Night .  Here are details as reported in the
The Boot Key Harbor Lighted Christmas Boat Parade sets sail at dusk Dec. 11. Dinghies, mega-yachts and vessels in between cruise the harbor in a sparkling procession. Best viewing sites include Lazy Days South, the Marathon Marina, Dockside Lounge and Burdine's Waterfront. Visit
Key Largo
The Key Largo Boat Parade hits Blackwater Sound at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11. The theme is "Under the Sea," commemorating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. Best viewing and libations are to be found at Sundowners, Senor Frijoles, the Marriott Key Largo Bay Resort and the Caribbean Club, all near mile markers 103 and 104.
Key West
The Schooner Wharf Bar/Cruzan Rums Lighted Boat Parade fills Key West Harbor starting at 8 p.m. Dec. 11. Decorated vessels from rowboats to tall ships proceed around the historic seaport. And before the boat parade, at 6 p.m., the Gerald Adams Elementary School Steel Your Heart Band will welcome spectators with songs of the season. Revelers can watch from bars, restaurants and resorts in and around the seaport. Visit
Key Colony Beach
The Key Colony Beach Lighted Boat Parade goes off at 6 p.m. Dec. 12. It's set to begin at the 7th Street canal. Open to all boats, the parade visits canals and cuts, and passes City Hall three times. Great viewing spots include Sadowski Causeway and the area behind City Hall.
Lower Keys
The Lower Keys Lighted Boat Parade is the last of the season, kicking off at 7 p.m. Dec. 18. All boats are welcome to enter the parade including deep-sea cruisers, dinghies, kayaks and canoes. Santa and Mrs. Claus are expected to arrive and hand out candy to the kids. The best recommended viewing is from the Pine Channel Causeway or Parrotdise Waterfront Bar & Grille, 183 Barry Ave. on Little Torch Key.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Light up Key Largo!!

Its Holiday Time in the Keys!!!
In conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park, members of the Key Largo Chamber of Comerce present
Light Up Key Largo!!
Here are Thursday, December 8th schedule of events. much fun crammed into one evening!! Click on the links for more details

Parade of Lights — starting at sunset (5:30 p.m.)
Enjoy the holiday decorations throughout Key Largo, MM 107-90.

Bay Harbor Lodge — open house , 5-7 p.m.
97702 Overseas Highway
Come join us for milk and cookies, or wine and cheese...or both! At sunset, on the
water. Holiday decorations.

Bayside Inn Key Largo — food, drinks and games, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
99490 Overseas Highway
Eat, drink and play games at the northwest corner of “downtown” Key Largo,
curbside. Holiday decorations

Blue Cow Café and Ice Cream Shoppe — specialty coffees
101431 Overseas Highway
Three specialty coffees will be available in honor of the founding of John Pennekamp
Coral Reef State Park. The Pennekamp Peppermint Mocha coffee will earn a permanent place of
honor on the menu! Other specialty coffees available will be Gingerbread Caramel Latte and White
Chocolate Cappuccino.

Café Largo and Bayside Grille — Mile of Lights
99530 Overseas Highway
More than 1 mile of energy-efficient LED lights are being installed at both properties.
Café Largo will feature red lights and Bayside Grille will have blue. Regular happy hour specials;
live music, Monday-Saturday, 6-9 p.m. Holiday decorations.

Coconut Bay Resort — open house, 5-7 p.m.
97770 Overseas Highway
Come join us for milk and cookies, or wine and cheese...or both! At sunset, on
the water. Holiday decorations.

Community Bank
91390 Overseas Highway
Holiday lights.

Divers Direct — inside sidewalk sale, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; desserts and drinks, 5-9 p.m.
99621 Overseas Highway

Doc’s Diner and Keys Diver — holiday eggnog, shopping
99696 Overseas Highway
305/451-2895, 305/451-1177
Doc’s Diner and Keys Diver are joining forces for a holiday eggnog party in the
tent in the parking lot, 6-9 p.m. Check out Keys Diver’s selection of goodies for the diver or snorkeler on
your holiday gift list. Includes gear, casual wear, dive instruction. Don’t forget to book your dive or snorkel
trip while you’re here! Holiday decorations.

First State Bank of the Florida Keys — open house, 6-7:30 p.m.
97670 Overseas Highway
Eggnog and gingerbread will be served. Holiday decorations.

The Fish House Restaurant and Encore — wine tasting, display and sale, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
102401 Overseas Highway
305/451-4665 (Fish House); 305/451-0650 (Encore)
Specialty wines and a variety of exotic cheeses will be available. A representative
and sommelier from Southern Wine & Spirits will educate guest on feature wines. Silpada jewelry display
and sale. $25 per person. Reservations required. RSVP to 451-0650 by Dec. 5. Holiday decorations

Garrett Chiropractic and Wellness Center — open house, 4-7 p.m.
90290 Overseas Highway #110
20% off all products, supplements and massage gift certificates.
Holiday gift aromatherapy candles. During the open house, enjoy chair massages,
organic smoothies and snacks.

Key Largo Chamber of Commerce — open house with refreshments, 6-8 p.m.
106000 Overseas Highway
While you’re here enjoying munchies and beverages, be sure to see our Christmas
tree, decorated with Spiegel Grove medallions! Holiday decorations.

Keys Kritters Pet Store — Pets and Pina Coladas sneak preview, 6-9 p.m.; locals discounts
100636 Overseas Highway
For a $5 donation to Odyssey of the Mind, you can get a pet/family picture with
Santa in a special Keys setting in front of a vintage Airstream trailer. You will also be getting free pina
coladas. Also: Local discount sale of 25% off on all pet supplies (excluding food). Holiday decorations.

Marina del Mar and Coconuts — Christmas in the Harbour, 7 p.m. until?
527 and 528 Caribbean Drive
Enjoy music, drinks, buffet, dancing and relaxing next to the pool. Holiday decorations.

Pilates in Paradise — open house, 7:30-10 p.m.
98840 Overseas Highway, Suite 1
Serving various organic yummies such as wine, Christmas cookies and more. Be
sure to pick up 2-for-1 gift certificates. Raffle for $100 gift certificate (do not need to be present to win).
Holiday decorations.

Pilot House Marina-Restaurant-Glass Bottom Bar — ice cream on the boardwalk,
6-9 p.m.
13 Seagate Blvd.
Get your tasty ice cream cone for only $1 each. Holiday decorations.

PonTunes Marina Tiki Bar and Grille
107690 Overseas Highway
Holiday lights.

ProTech e2 — Turbo Chef demonstration with Chef Leslie — 4-7 p.m.
103375 Overseas Highway
Come see how quickly this amazing gourmet high-speed oven cooks fantastic
dishes in a fraction of the time of conventional ovens. Holiday decorations.

Quiescence Diving Services — Eats, drinks, raffle of cheer, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
103680 Overseas Highway
Stop by for a drink and an appetizer, with a small treat for the kids. Holiday decorations.

Sea Tow, Scuba-Fun and History of Diving Museum — Christkindlmarket with Glehwein
and German cookies, photo opportunities and interactive exhibits noon-9 p.m. open house
99222 Overseas Highway
305/394-5046, 305/451-3330 or 305/664-9737
Spicy, heated German wine and cookies in the tent set up on the grounds of the
Wyland Building. 20% off everything in the entire store. Interactive museum exhibits from the History of
Diving Museum, photo opps and prizes. Holiday decorations.

Vegas Fun — free picture with Santa Elvis...bring the kids! 7-9 p.m.
101403 Overseas Highway (upstairs at Tradewinds Shopping Center)
305/451-6005 Elvis sure gets around! Holiday decorations.

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Monday, December 6, 2010

The Historical Preservation Society of The Upper Keys

As an Ambassador for all things Florida Keys and as History Buff,  it was only Natural for the Conchquistador to be intruigued by a website with the address of

 Historic Photo from
 It was love at first mouse click!!! So much so that I have now joined as a Paton Supporter of The Historical Preservation Society of The Upper Keys.  Jerry Wilkerson has done a PHENOMINAL job present every facet of Florida Keys History in a consise, easy to follow, forum, with detailed narratives of early Keys Living with hard to find photos, to timelines and mile marker details.  This is an Ultimate destination for those who want to learn how our fabulous Keys evolved from Native American Indian Camps, to Spanish Settlments, to the domain of Bahamian Wreckers to hard scrappled sailors and bon vivants such as Hemingway, Buffett and Zane Grey.
Be sure to check it out!!!

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The Conchquistador Deal of The Day 12/6

223 Hispanola Key Largo
Originally listed at $899,000...just Sold for $130,000
Ok, so those of you who regularly read The Conchquistador's Blog know what an evangelist I am for the Keys Lifestyle and all the great real estate opportunities that we have down here in the Fabulous Florida Keys.  That being said, even I am sometimes agog with the deals that I see pop up.
The cold hard truth, as everyone is aware is that our real estate market was hit HARD.  We like most of the nation experienced some extremely heady days (maybe daze??) back in the mid part of the last decade, when values went thru the stratosphere, and now we have CRASHED back to Earth.  We needed it.  I'll say it again...We needed it.  It all got too crazy, and the Market got way too ahead of itself, thereby creating a false economy and the chaos that we subsequently have endured.  The silver lining??  Were we are today and were we are hopefully going.  Where we are going is in my opinion, baring wars and natural and man-made catastrophes is a plateau of sorts for the next year to 18 months followed by realistic..slow growth and dare I say it??? Appreciation.  Where we are today...leads  us to Today's Deal,
Originally listed at $899,000 and now sold for....$130,000
Yes, like a bad hangover, the bill came due for this property, and a nice property at that.  Fantastic deal for the new buyer.  Close to everything, Pennekamp, the Mainland, Tavernier and free boat ramp at Harry Harris Park.  Perfect weekend retreat.
Description: Attention Investors! Great income potential! Tenants are already in place. Very well-built concrete fortress, completely fenced, needs some TLC. Price includes the adjacent buildable lot BK10 LT7 which has a beautiful wood deck and fireplace built in. A community boat ramp, park and sandy beach are nearby. Just dropped $100,000.
3 Bedrooms /3 Bathrooms
Mile Marker 93
List Price $199,000 - Sold Price $130,000
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