Serving Key Largo Since 1938
The Caribbean Club was the final project of the famed automotive and real estate promoter Carl Fisher. Opening in 1938, it served as a poor-man’s fishing retreat. The property originally included the bar, complete with a kitchen, and a small hotel making it the oldest bar in the Upper Keys. After Fisher’s death in July 1939, the Caribbean Club became a gambling establishment.
In 1947, Warner Brothers used the bar as inspiration when writing the screenplay for the Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall film, Key Largo. It also served as a filming location for exterior shots in the film, a tradition that has carried on most recently serving as a filming location for the Netflix original series Bloodine.
Bought by the Krone family in 1948 from the Hanley Family, the bar was ravaged by fire in 1955 destroying the hotel and kitchen. Ruth and Lefty Whitehurst purchased the Caribbean Club in 1963 and it is currently run by their three children and two grandchildren.