Key West Travel Guide

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Key West Things to Do

  • Duval Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Duval Street in Key West is known for its ***colorful*** nightlife. You can see a little bit of all kinds of attire, including some men who like to dress in unusual and/or women's clothing. There is even one bar called Garden of Eden where clothing is optional. I've never figured out how the patrons go from off the street obviously wearing clothes...

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  • Southernmost Point

    4 out of 5 stars

    Get your photo taken at the southernmost point of the continental USA. We got there in the afternoon, and the sun was behind us and it was hard to take a good pic. If you want a better photo, get there in the early morning. There will be less people too.

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  • Beach

    Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is Florida's southernmost state park. Fort Taylor is the park's centerpiece ad was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1973. The park is home to the most popular beach in Key West, which is located on the southern shore of the park. The beach offers picnicking, swimming, snorkeling, and fishing....

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Key West Restaurants

  • Blue Heaven

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    This is just the kind of funky local place Boyd and I love to find! The outside seating area is covered by sails to protect from sun and rain, and there is a small stage for music. We went for breakfast, and it was great - chickens running between the tables (chickens seem to roam free all over KW). Loved the gift shop - t-shirts and postcards, but...

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  • B.O.'s Fish Wagon

    4 out of 5 stars

    We passed every day along this restaurant, but we never had dinner here while it looked... well, as you can see... shabby. BUT... each time in the afternoon, the place was loaded, so it must be that the food is good. It's a place without fuss. Get your seafood sandwish at the fish wagon and choose a table. Next visit we'll certainly give it a...

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  • Kelly's Bar-Grill

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Kelley's Bar and Grill ha two claims to fame: it was founded by actress Kelly McGillis, star of 1980s hit movies Top Gun and The Witness, and it was the original home of Pan American Airlines when the company was founded in 1927. We were traveling between Fort Taylor and the Audubon House, and decided to stop here for lunch. We sat at the big...

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  • Adult Entertainment

    These last two reviews are bogus. They are both made on same day and are by ownership. Read further down this thread. Do yourself a favor and avoid this place. It is a complete and total scam. These scumbags will ruin your vacation like they did mine and many others. It's the absolute worst place you could go to on duval street. Keywest was a great...

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  • Duval Street

    Duval St. has an abundance of nightclubs/bars & thrives on its entertainment value. However, the club hopping can also lead to an unhappy ending if you are unfortunate enough to drive through one of their numerous traffic stops. The city that encourages "the Duval crawl" also has law enforcement stepping up its traffic citations, esp. DUI. Reading...

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  • Fantasy Fest

    Hello all FantasyFesters! Oct. 21-Oct. 20, 2011 & the theme this year is "Aquatic Afrolic". While I've only been 11 times, I have learned a few things at this event called "Mardi Gras on steroids" Clothing/Shoes: Key West is a walking town especially on and around Duval Street so comfortable, or sandals are a must. Don't walk in barefeet in case...

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Key West Transportation

  • Transportation Options

    The Hop on Hop off Trolley Tours of Key West provide the visitor the opportunity to see the sights and then go back and stay a bit longer to explore those areas that are of interest. There are a number of options to choose from. Adults cost $30.40 for a two day pass while children under 13 are free. NOTE local taxes, fuel surcharges, etc are...

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  • Boat To

    There were several ferry services to Key West. From Miami, there was a new service offered by Fast Cats Thursday through Sunday Departures: This service has apparently been discontinued and the boats are for sale Contact: 305-400-6446 The Key West Shuttle has in the past operated two boats - one year round from Ft Myers Beach, the M/V Big Cat...

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  • Drive To

    The Overseas Highway stretches 127.5 miles from the Florida mainland near Florida City to what seems like the end of the earth -- Key West. Along the way you pass some famous towns like Key Largo and Marathon, along with some not so famous places like Jewfish Key, Saddlebunch, Cow Key, and the oddly named Ohio-Missouri Channel. The highway...

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Key West Shopping

  • Clothing

    It's a find. A cute, small boutique, the only one in Key West that specializes in lingerie. You can get a strapless bra, have a fitting, special orders etc. they have good brands like Hanky Panky and Wacoal A good bra that fits and will last. Presents and pretty things Bras from $18 up. Depends on the brand.

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  • Duval St.

    The colorful signs in the window caught our eye, and when we walked in, my friend spied two WWII-era Navy recruiting poster images (she is retired Navy) that she has been trying to find for quite some time. These are nice, wood plaques and she was thrilled! They have EVERYTHING here - Florida & Conch Republic themed, military, bar/pub, naughty,...

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  • Sea Shells

    people, and prices. We wanted a conch shell, one that works. We checked prices on the drive to Key West and was surprised when we checked the prices here. We saved $4.00 just on the conch shell, over the prices in other places. all the tourist stuff. t-shirts, we came home with about 18 of them. from this shop and from bars and restaurants. shells,...

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Key West Local Customs

  • Sunset festival

    To see the sunset at it's best, you need to be at Mallory Square, where hundreds of tourists gather every night to enjoy the view. Together with the marvellous spectacle, local performers, musicians, artists and artisans show what they have to offer. Show and entertaintment guaranteed!

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  • Manners

    I'm sorry I lost info on who wrote these tips of Do's & Dont's for Fantasy Fest. It makes sense, so thanks to the creator whereever they are: Don't wear a mask you can't drink in or costume you can't use the bathroom in, or shoes you can't walk in. Do dress sexier than you thought you might. Do make sure you have a place to stay before...

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  • Gay and Lesbian Life

    downtown key west has a number of bars that cater to the gay and lesbian tourist. for the gay and lesbian tourist see the attached website. for those uncomfortable with this life style you may wish to avoid the following: duval street: 801 bourbon, la ta da, aqua. simonton street: the bottle cap lounge.

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Key West Warnings and Dangers

  • Party Hearty

    fellow seniors, be careful in jimmy buffet Margaretville, because if you are too noisy they will ask you to leave. that what happen to me. let me tell you the whole story. you can agree or not, this is what happen to me. I am on here because I do not want this to happen to anyone else. I went on another travel site which say the are advising...

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  • Parking

    I would recommend arriving in Key West during the week if you can, I did and was luck to find street parking, but it is extremely difficult to find, even on a wednesday, if you can't you will have to pay $14 a day for parking. Make sure that you do not park in the resident spaces, it will be marked on the pavement.

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  • Animal Watch

    There are enormous iguanas all over Key West - and the first few times you see one, they are a little freaky... The strange part is that they blend into the environment so well, unless you hear one rustle some leaves, or dart across your path, you won't see them - until you do. About 4 days into my trip, I stopped freaking out when I saw one. But...

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Key West Tourist Traps

  • T-Shirt Shops

    When going into this shop, ask for the price before you check out. This store attempted to charge me $96 for 3 t-shirts and a shot glass. When we refused to pay, the store employee threatened to call the police; when we agreed to wait he proceeded to yell obscenities (ex:"Get the hell out, F you you a-holes!) to my entire family as we were leaving...

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  • Overhyped attractions

    The tourist section of the island is overpriced and overrated in my opinion as most of the shops there all sell the same t-shirts with inane logos about partying and drinking and you will be driven off of the sidewalks by large groups of asian tourists and overweight Northern Floridians that smell of stale beer and sun tan lotion in tacky...

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  • All of it

    Its hotttt! Your tired! You want to walk but ... Oh hey, theres a guy pulling a cart and he can give you a ride ! Dont do it! The pedi cab drivers are a DOLLAR 60 A MINUTE, AND THEY PEDDEL S L O W We were on one for less than 15 mins... 20 bucks--- Its a rip off- Get a scooter! They are fun and they dealers are willing to go down on price---...

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Key West What to Pack

  • Casual / Light

    Ladies: Sundress Shorts Light Jacket (it cools off when the sun goes down) Sandals Guys: Shorts Button down camp shirts sandals (but please - no socks) hat Sunscreen! Aspirin (for when you have been out in the sun all day) Definitely bring a camera - Key West has beautiful beaches, interesting architecture, plenty of photo ops, and lots of great...

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  • Bathing Suit

    Shorts, sandals, a swimsuit or 2, polarized sunglasses if you have them and a hat. Sunscreen...SPF 30+ Chicken repellant, if you can find some. ;-) Polarized lense for the water shots. Make sure to have Polarized sun glasses...the water looks Soooo much better without the glare that the Polarization cuts down.

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  • Sunscreen

    You can go with the expensive stuff or you can use good old trustworthy ziplock bags (if you puff them up with air...they float!). Someone will convince you to go snorkelling or kayaking and no one likes wet cigarettes, lost keys, or a sunken wallet (except divers). bring 1 set of real clothes in case you want to go out for a nice evening; bring...

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Key West Off The Beaten Path

  • Cemetery and Ghosts

    Ten years ago when I went there was only 1 ghost tour which was amazing!! I believe it was . We just went back 04/14 for vacation and now there are 3 tours. We chose www.keywestghostandmysteriestour.com because the website said you could go inside a few of them. They list the many places they take you to, but they didnt take us to all of them so...

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  • West Martello Tower

    This was truly a "Secret Garden" serendipitous find! My husband was out bird watching, and passed this location at the beginning of Smathers Beach. The fact there was no admission charge got him in the door - the beauty he found inside got him to bring me there. The West Martello Tower is one of three remaining Civil War era structures in Key West...

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  • Quirky Stuff

    One of the things we love to do is to go get some naked wings and then go to Peppers and sample their wares. I recommended it to my aunt for her to go when she was down here, and she not only went, but she bought some of their sauces.

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Key West Sports & Outdoors

  • Water Sports

    Want to raise from the water like James Bond and fly? Then this sport might be something for you. It is called Jetpack. One needs to wear something that looks like a rocket back pack with 2 water jet pipes. Seawater is pumped as the propellant. It's quite futuristic and funny to watch.

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  • Fishing

    The Tortuga IV Party Boat is by far my favorite in Key West. Its about $35. for a 4-hr trip, saling @ 9am & again @ 1 pm., They fish either the Atlantic or Gulf side depending on the wind (Atlantic is better). The mates are great, tip 'em well. Keep an eye on the regulars, who always fish the stern & do what they do. If you can, bring your own...

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  • Dock or Moor

    Many people anchor out off Key West. The alternative is to take a mooring in the mooring field which is between Fleming Key and Sigsbee Park which is on what was known as Dredger's Key. (Sigsbee is the Navy housing and was built on fill or the Key West dump) The moorings themselves are helical screws designed to hold a 40 foot boat in up to 65...

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  • Architecture

    Audubon House on 205 Whitehead St. was built by Capt. John Geiger in 1844. He was a wrecker. There is an admission fee of $10 for adults now. 305-294-2116 877-281-2473 The house was not actually Audubon's. He just stayed there for awhile when he was doing his famous bird paintings for his book. The house has many beautiful antiques. At this...

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  • Mallory &/or Sunset

    All the time we lived in Key West, we never went to Mallory Square of the sunset. But now it is a big thing and something that is unique to Key West. We have now been three times. The first time there was a spectacular sunset - the golden sun reflected on the clouds. There was a tattooed lady who swallowed fire, and a man hanging upside down in a...

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  • Essential KW

    One of the most interesting ways to see Key West is from above. You can climb the lighthouse (photo 2) or to the top of another tall building such as the parking garage downtown (photo 3), or East Martello tower (photo 4) or one of the taller hotels. You can go Parasailing You can take a sightseeing tour by plane. I took the first and fifth...

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