Key West Travel Guide

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Key West Things to Do

  • Southernmost Point

    4 out of 5 stars

    It's free and easy to find .. and a must do if your there. . We have only been there twice and don't know that we will return but it was a lot of fun. a party place year round. After that you have to check out the famous sunset.

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  • Duval Street

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Galleries, shops, bars and big beautiful homes with huge porches. Key West is a small island city with a very diverse population. It's a wealthy community, with plenty of regulars just trying to make a living in Paradise. While there are lots of snowbirds here in winter, making the average age tilt toward the retirement generation, there’ s a...

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  • Beach

    All along the Atlantic side of the island, is a narrow, mostly man-made beach. This is the closest to a big beach in Key West. I don't do beaches much. The better beaches are down by Fort Taylor SP. I've been swimming down there on the part of the beach that is still owned by the USNavy. Even so, the beach gets a lot of use. People come to walk or...

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Key West Hotels

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  • Southern Cross Hotel

    Everything was great when we checked in. The hotel is under renovation so looks very updated and...

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  • Eden House

    I am currently experiencing the happy hour on a deck above the pool. It is the designated smoker's...

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  • Gardens Hotel

    After reading many glowing reviews of this hotel, my husband and I excitedly made reservations...in...

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Key West Restaurants

  • Blue Heaven

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    The food at Blue Heaven is phenomenal! The music, service and atmosphere are incredible as well. We had friendly, prompt service, and the food was absolutely perfect! I highly recommend this restaurant if you are visiting Key West. I wish all of the restaurants in Key West had wonderful food, great service and a beautiful environment such as...

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  • Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville

    4 out of 5 stars

    Loved the music & the atmosphere. Pretty restaurant great for people watching. Our burgers and appetizers were good. We were a multigenerational group and there was something to please everyone. The lines were long but the food moved quickly and we didn't wait too long. The gift shop next door was extensive. We understand that Buffett has taken...

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  • Kelly's Caribbean Bar

    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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Key West Nightlife

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  • Adult Entertainment

    My girlfriend and I were in Key West and walking Duval Street when out of nowhere it started pouring down rain. We were looking for some place to duck into while we waited for the rain to stop when some very beautiful girls sitting on the front porch invited us in to dry off and play around for a little while until the rain stopped. I never in a...

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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

    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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Key West Transportation

  • Boat To

    Don’t be fooled! This business preys on tourists and the odds that you can’t come back to fight for the money they’ve kept from you. We are out $400 with no service whatsoever. The Key West Express company appears motivated to NOT SAIL, since they pre-book most of their reservations over the internet, at a “discount” and then refuse to refund fares...

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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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  • 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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Key West Shopping

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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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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  • Hemingway

    Well, i mean if you go you might as well see this. It is a pretty house, but its just that, a house! The guide person did say that it is the only house on the island with a basement due to Key West being solid rock underneath. Little bit of info for ya!

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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

  • 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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  • 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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  • Stock Island

    Key West Botanical Garden is on Stock Island on Botanical Garden Drive and College Road. It was hard hit by Hurricane Georges and some of the plantings haven't recovered yet. It is free and donations are welcome. (Suggested donation $4/person) I went when we lived here. I'll have to get some of my slides of it digitized. And we went again...

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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

    When we came back to Key West and were walking down the street, I saw this license plate. It reminded me of when we lived here in the late 60s and I learned to scuba dive. Currently (2016) there are several places where you can book dives - I have not used any of them so these are just some suggestions of possibilities. Do your own assessment of...

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  • Boating

    KW Bone Island Sunset Watersports is a new charter company and they are wonderful. Their 40 foot power boat is so roomy and clean and the owner and his wife are so friendly and professional. As a party of 6, we had the whole boat to ourselves and we even hooked our ipod up to their sound system! The munchies were great. But mostly we enjoyed NOT...

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Key West General

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  • Duval Street

    We make the trek from Chicago every December/January. The weather is usually great in December but can get a little cooler at times in January. No humidity and the nights are great for walks for bike rides, we we do daily! Crowds are virtually non-existent in December, so the usual laid back vibe is even more so. The restaurants and bars are...

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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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  • 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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