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 a small hotel, restaurant and the bar that remains today—making it the oldest bar in the Upper Keys. After Fisher’s death in July 1939, the Caribbean Club became a popular gambling establishment.
In 1947, Warner Brothers used the hotel and 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, the bar was ravaged by fire that started under suspicious circumstances in 1955 destroying the hotel and kitchen. Ruth and Lefty Whitehurst purchased the Caribbean Club in 1963 and it was again damage by fire in 1971, this time a result of arson intended to conceal a burglary. The Caribbean Club remains in the Whitehurt family, currently run by Ruth & Lefty's three children and two grandchildren.