Boca Chica Beach

Well, it’s been blowing almost 30 knots for days now.  March is windy in Key West, bad for casual snorkelers and fishing.  Bad for anyone who wants to go out in a boat.  We are land-locked, going stir crazy.  This is what it’s like to live in Key West and not ever go out on the water.  How do people do it?  The water, the coral reef, the marine life…that’s what makes Key West extra special and exciting.

We went in search of land-based adventure, and found a super place to explore on Geiger Key.  It’s called Boca Chica Beach, around mile marker 10.  Take a right onto Boca Chica Road and go as far as you can, then park and get out.  You’ll walk along a narrow strip of rocky wild beach facing the Atlantic, in front of a military fence that keeps civilians off the base.

Boca Chica Beach is unspoiled and untouched, except by nature.  Hurricanes have wiped out a lot of the beach and moved things around.  There are rocks everywhere between the beach and the water:

Boca Chica Beach near Key West

Boca Chica Beach near Key West

If you park and get out, walk the beach and eventually you’ll come across a boat washed up on the beach.  It’s a Cuban freedom boat.  Next to it there is a stone fortress.  Some kind of  artsy project built to shelter kids or hobbits, it’s a winding, fabulous network of rooms, passageways and trinkets woven into the driftwood walls.  Climb up on the roof for a good view of the beach and ocean beyond.  We didn’t know what to make of it, but what a great discovery.  The explorers in all of us were definitely satisfied.  Take a look at this:

Cuban Freedom Boat on Boca Chica Beach

Cuban Freedom Boat on Boca Chica Beach

And here’s the hobbit hut.

The Stone Hobbit Hut on Geiger Key beach

The Stone Hobbit Hut on Geiger Key beach