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Key West

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An August 2000 trip to Key West by Maria F.

La Pensione Inn Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: It was Labor Day Weekend – the official end of summer. I wanted one last summer trip, and a long weekend in the Key West was just what I was looking for. Key West offers care-free sun-filled days and even more care-free island nights.

Key West

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Overview

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Key West is a town with two faces. It is a typical Caribbean port of call. The days are sunny and the water is warm (it was 86 degrees when we were there!) and the shops are filled with colorful island treasures. Buy by night, the streets are full of happy tourists looking for fun. The drinks flow and the music pours onto the sidewalks. Make sure to spend some time at sunset at Mallory Square for the legendary Sunset Celebration. Every night, tourists gather at the waterfront to watch the sunset and the street performers who gather to entertain the crowds. Quick Tips: Make sure to visit Sloppy Joes (on Duval Street). The place is an institution and former Hemmingway haunt. H...Read More

La Pensione Inn

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Hotel | "La Pensione"

La Pensione Inn Photo, Key West, Florida
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The accomodations at La Pensione were impeccable. The rooms were immaculate, comfortable and roomy with a private bath. The staff was friendly, and included in the rate is a homecooked breakfast each morning. The pleasant conversation is free of charge. The rooms each include access to a balcony. Some rooms have private entrances. The inn has a private pool.

The staff is knowledgable and helpful about things to do and see in town and can arrange for tickets or rentals, if you so desire.

La Pensione is located in Old Town and is just a short walk to Duval Street and the main Key West sights. For more information, visit http://www.lapensione.com

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

La Pensione Inn
809 Truman Avenue
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 292-9923

Sloppy Joe's Bar

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Restaurant | "Sloppy Joe's"

Sloppy Joe's Bar Photo, Key West, Florida
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Sloppy Joe's is a Key West institution. Ernest Hemmingway spent a lot of time here, and the walls of the place are a tribute to the Pulitzer Prize winning author. Sloppy Joe's opened on December 5, 1933 - the day Prohibition was repealed - and Key West has never looked back. This saloon is as packed today as it was then. This bar is always hopping with live music and lively conversation. Come in and enjoy the basic, down home food (served in simple baskets). The service is quick and the amenities are few. But what the place lacks in fine dining, it more than makes up for with atmosphere. The performers interact with the audience. At night, Sloppy Joe's neon sign, loud music and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 16, 2000

Sloppy Joe's Bar
201 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-5717

Ghost Tours of Key West

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Attraction | "Key West Ghost Tours"

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The Ghost Tour of Key West borders on the hokey. Guides gather two large groups and lead them through the streets of Key West dressed in a long black cloak and carrying a lantern. But, don't let the cliches turn you away. The guides are excellent story tellers and reveal a great deal of island history along the tour as they highlight stories in front of the old morgue or behind St. Paul's Episcopal Church and a courtyard of displaced graves. Once we left Duval Street and the bright lights and music of the main street in Old Town, the air became decidedly more still and the silence and darkness of the Key West streets wieghed heavily on us all. The stories and buildings who many sa...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Ghost Tours of Key West
430 Duval St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 294 9255

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Attraction | "The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum"

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Earnest Hemmingway's presence is felt all over Key West and he is permanently ingrained in the history of this small island. His pictures are in bars and restaurants and tour guides throughout town invoke his name on their tours. A vist to his home is not to be missed. Admission to the grounds and museum is a modest $8 per person. This gives you access to the garden and grounds as well as the house and museum. Guided tours are available and well worth the short wait in between tours. Our guide was energetic and engaging, gave a comprehensive tour filled with quirky bits of Hemmingway trivia and was very willing to answer questions after the tour. Hemmingway owned...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 18, 2000

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
907 Whitehead Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-1136