Key West Journals

Key West - in AUGUST

An August 2002 trip to Key West by kimbis

Dennis Pharmacy Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: What's not to like about Key West? You get history and hilarity together. You rub elbow with the ghosts of authors ranging from Ernest Hemmingway to Shel Silverstein. Have a drink in a local's bar, and ... welll ... just go.

Key West - in AUGUST

Overview

orchids Photo, Key West, Florida
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Hemmingway House, Kayaking a little way up the keys, shopping, talking to the locals and the local cats, ghost tour. Key West has been, in the last 100 years, both the richest city in the US per-capita and the poorest. History and fantasy rub shoulders on its streets, and wear eachother's masks. Yes, do visit the bars ... but wander around outside of them too. Talk to people. It won't take long to understand why Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Shel Silverstein, and many other talented folks made their homes there. Driving a car on the island,especially in "Old Town" is a major hassle. Do rent one if you are going to go "up chain" however. There are 42 bridges between the mainland and K...Read More
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I stayed in one of the more basic rooms available - they have everything up to and including an "apartment" with separate bedrooms and a kitchen. That, obviously, costs a bit more. Mona, who has owned the guest house for the last 15 years is a treasure. You feel like a family member rather then just a "guest". The price is very reasonable for what you receive. The rooms are clean and neat, with just enough "frou-frou" to go with the 19th century ambiance of the place. The location is hard to beat. It's on the corner of Duval and South, near the Southernmost Point marker, and next door to the butterfly house that is expected to be opened later this year - the entire community ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 20, 2002

Southernmost Point Guest House
1327 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-0715

Dennis Pharmacy

Restaurant

Dennis Pharmacy Photo, Key West, Florida
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Dennis Pharmacy was...sadly...destroyed by the hurricane in 2005. Locals still got misty eyed in fall of 2006 when I asked where they went now that the lunch counter was gone. I will leave the old review up for historical reference.OK. Don't laugh. I'm about to tell you one of the best kept secrets on the island. The lunch counter at the Dennis Pharmacy is a great place for cheap eats, and to overhear all the island gossip. Yes, a real live lunch counter in a real working pharmacy. Don't laugh. It's been mentioned in Gourmet Magazine. Restaurants that cost 10 times as much envy that distinction.You can't do your entire trip eating $50 meals. At some point you are just going...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 22, 2002

Dennis Pharmacy
1229 Simonton Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-5134

Chicken wars

Story/Tip

One viewpoint Photo, Key West, Florida
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Key West has a love/hate relationship with the local chicken population. Yes, you will see and hear them everywhere. Some locals love 'em. Some locals hate 'em. You won't be able to avoid them. They're as much a part of the island as all the cats you will see everywhere. Stop in at the Chicken Store on Duval for a bit of the "pro-chicken" side.

it's all fun, and part of the flavor of the place.