Look for creative headstones that read, "I Told You I Was Sick" and "Devoted Fan of Julio Iglesias." The cemetery also contains the resting place of Hemingway's friend and fishing captain, "Sloppy Joe" Russell, and sparring partner Kermit "Shine" Forbes. Another plot pays homage to the sailors killed in the explosion of the U.S.S. Maine.
My favorite thing to do in Key West has to be just talking to the "locals" I put quotes because over half of the people we talked to were from New England.
I think the drinking had something to do with it, but people were very friendly, and you could easily engage in conversation.
We talked to so many Key West residents that told us " I came down here for 2 weeks and never left". I can see how this could happen.
We talked to alot of Key West residents who are referred to as "Conchs". In my opinion these people have woken up and smelled the coffe. They know that they live in a precious place, and they get upset when they see tourists destroy things, so use your head and HAVE SOME RESPECT!
A custom to many local Key Westers is to take a nice evening stroll before the sun sets. The temperature has cooled down by this point, and out-door exercise is comfortable. Many people also like to take their pets out at this time as well. If you choose to take your dog for a stroll, remember to clean up after it! The best place to do this is along the walk on South Roosevelt Blvd.
This colonial style mansion was purchased by Hemingway in 1931 and is where he wrote many of his most important works including For Whom the Bell Tolls and A Farewell to Arms.
Location: 907 Whitehead St.
The place where Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote his famous books. His cats (or the grandkittens of his cats) still live here. After taking a tour through the house you should take a drink at Sloppy Joe´s. That was Hemingway´s most favorite bar in downtown Key West. He got drunk there quite often.