There are few places that I love more than Key West, Florida. In fact, it is one of the places here in the states that I repeatedly visit (and will continue to do so). I typically elect to use my travel budget to see new cities, new beaches, new countries – but, it never hurts to have some consistency.
To quote Key West Travel Guide, LLC: “Laid back, free-spirited, artistic, quirky, and scenic, Key West is one of the most unique places in the United States. Known for its live-and-let-live attitude, tropical climate, and seemingly continuous happy hour, this tiny Florida Keys island has been welcoming visitors seeking a vacation from the normal for two centuries.
Since its earliest days, individuals have come here to fish, write, carouse, and rejuvenate. From the famous, including Ernest Hemingway, John J. Audubon, and Tennessee Williams – to the infamous, Key West has always been a place where you can be yourself, find yourself, or re-invent yourself.”
Why do I love Key West?
The people. The food. The culture. The easy-going attitude. The acceptance. The sunsets. It’s unlike any other destination!
Where To Stay:
Marquesa 4-1-4: 600 Fleming St.
Ocean Key Resort & Spa: 0 Duval St.
For my fellow Parrotheads, Margaritaville Resort & Marina: 245 Front St.
For the economy traveler, don’t miss out on deals on Airbnb!
Where To Eat:
Breakfast (think: pineapple or banana pancakes, lobster benedict) at Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas St.
Lobster rolls at DJ’s Clam Shack, 629 Duval St.
Oysters at Half Shell Raw Bar, 231 Margaret St.
Fish sandwich (and amazing tartar) at Caroline’s, 310 Duval St.
Conch fritters at Key West Conch Fritters, Wall & Whitehead St.
Key Lime Pie at Kermit’s, 200 Elizabeth St., 431 Front St.
Cuban food at El Siboney, 900 Catherine St.
Where To Drink:
The Green Parrot, 601 Whitehead St.
The Rum Bar, 1117 Duval St.
The Porch, 429 Caroline St.
Sloppy Joe’s, 201 Duval St.
What To Do:
Photo Op: US1 Mile Marker Zero, the end of an interstate running from Maine to Key West. Intersection of Whitehead and Fleming.
Visit the Hemingway House, 907 Whitehead St.
Watch a Key West sunset – one of the world’s best.
Snorkel/dive at The Dry Tortugas, accessible by ferry, catamaran, or sea plane. 70 miles from Key West.
Photo Op: Southernmost point of the contiguous United States. Whitehead and South.
Kayak though the mangrove trees with Lazy Dog, which leaves from Hurricane Hole, Stock Island (4 miles from downtown Key West).
Where To Beach:
To the surprise of many, Key West will not offer the prettiest beaches that you’ve ever been to – especially if you are spoiled from visiting the Caribbean islands; however, your best choice is to go to Ft. Zachary Taylor at 601 Howard England Way!
The best way to see Key West is by biking or, if you’re like me, by renting a golf cart. It makes everything easier!
Have you ever been to Key West?
As always, Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living.
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.