Key West Travel Guide

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Key West Things to Do

  • Beach

    Smathers Beach is the largest public beach in Key West. Powdery soft sand, turquoise water, lined with palm trees - it is what a south Florida beach should look like! On the windy day we were there for a beach wedding, there were kite-surfers out on the water who were fascinating to watch! The beach is located on the south side of the island,...

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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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  • Mallory Square

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    At different times you can see different types of sideshow and vaudeville type performers. Sometimes there will be snake charmers or escape artists. Sometimes there are fire eaters or unicyclists (maybe both in the same person). There may be jugglers or tight rope walkers. And often you will see the guy with the trained house cats and there are...

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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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  • Sloppy Joe's

    4 out of 5 stars

    In the mid to late 1930s, the famous writer, Ernest Hemingway, called Key West his home. During the better portion of these years, Hemingway was exceptionately productive as an author. One of his favorite places was the bar at "Sloppy Joe's Saloon." Today, "Capt. Tony's Saloon" stands on the spot of the ORIGINAL "Sloppy Joe's." The present day...

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  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

    4 out of 5 stars

    No trip to Key West's Duval Street is complete without a trip to Jimmy Buffett's original Margaritaville. Like all the other "name" locations in town there's lots of "stuff" in the company store, the music is loud and the place is crowded. Surprisingly for a Duval Street restaurant, the burgers were done to order, the salad crisp and tasty and the...

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Key West Nightlife

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  • Adult Entertainment

    well we were on duval wondering around and we came by this place me and my wife were curious so we went in and man am I glad we did sexy ladies came out all different kinds of fantasies no man can resist. my wife and I had a blast too even better if you know what I mean wink wink lol highly recommended classy

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  • Fantasy Fest

    Fantasy Fest 2014 was my 12th time experiencing what has been called "Mardi Gras on Steroids" without the side effects in the southernmost city of the continental U.S. The theme for the 35th Annual 10-day festival was "Animeted Dreams & Adventures" and did not disappoint the 70,000 revelers who love the events happenings both in and out...

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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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Key West Transportation

  • 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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  • Transportation Options

    Key West is located around 120 miles (maybe I´m wrong) from Miami and it takes time to get there. There are many tour companies that offer different options of transportation with or without additional activities in key West. I took a tour with my family from Miami to Key west and we had some hours to spend in the town and walk around and...

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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

  • 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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  • Gifts & Souveniers

    Book Store and Gift Shop offers a full array of Ernest Hemingway’s novels, poems, short stories and biographies, as well as various publications related to Key West. We browsed here while we were waiting for our tour to start. I didn't buy anything, but I think my sister did.

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  • 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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Key West Local Customs

  • 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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  • Festivals and Celebrations

    Hemingway Days events includes a Ernest Hemingway look-alike contest, readings and book signings, annual Lorian Hemingway (Ernest's grand daughter) Short Story Competition, a commemoration of the anniversary of Hemingway's July 21 birth, a one-man play exploring the legendary author's life and motivations, a museum exhibit of rare Hemingway...

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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • 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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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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  • 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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  • West Martello Tower

    There are two Martello Towers East and West. The West Martello tower was built in 1862 on a site which historic research shows had been a burial ground for almost 300 African slaves. It was a part of the fortifications of Key West, which included Fort Taylor. It was never involved in an actual war, but in 1873, the Fort Taylor gunners were...

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Key West Sports & Outdoors

  • Fishing

    KW BONE ISLAND WATERSPORTS is a new company and they are super! We had a great time with Captain Tom and his wife, Terri on a combination Dolphin Watching AND Fishing trip. We did not find a more beautiful, clean boat or such a flexible trip. We looked at a lot of other boats and none of them were as nice as this boat, BY FAR! We spent an hour by...

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  • Water Sports

    Many companies offer snorkelling trips to the reefs just off Key West. Its a great trip but it must be kept in mind that the Florida reefs are not as spectactular as the Caribbean reefs nor is the water as clear.

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  • The Beach

    All along the Hawk Channel side of Key West (the south-east side) is a long beach, which runs from up by the East Martello Tower around to the West Martello Tower. This is a man made beach, and the sand is a little coarse, but it is the closest thing Key West has to a beachy-beach. South Roosevelt Blvd runs down alongside the beach, and on the...

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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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  • Southernmost

    Apparently there is a house more southern than the southernmost house in the continental United States. This is the southernmost southernmost house, located on South St. just a few steps from the Southernmost Point buoy.

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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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