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Key West, Florida

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An April 2005 trip to Key West by notso62

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Quote: I went to Key West in April of 2005 for a week on a business trip, but decided to mix in some sights and touristy things as well since it was my first visit.

Key West, Florida

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Overview

Key West Photo, Key West, Florida
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Key West was a very cool place to visit at any age. It's not necessarily a hot spot on the young people's travel list anymore (since it is so expensive to get to and the drinking age remains 21), but this keeps the teenage riffraff at bay. There also is (surprisingly) no real beach scene, with only two beaches that are by no means extraordinary by Caribbean standards. Though these might be drawbacks depending on your interests, I found Key West to have tons of other sites and scenes to offer. Key West is full of great sights that might seem ordinary, but are unlike anywhere else in the world. The sunsets at Mallory Square were unbelievable, with the street performers complimenting the natural beau...Read More

Parrot Key Hotel & Resort

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Hotel | "Hampton Inn"

Parrot Key Hotel & Resort Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Hampton Inn in Key West was very nice for my business trip—it had the perfect mix of amenities needed by business travelers and things to help them unwind from their busy days. The rooms were pretty standard for Hampton Inns, with two double beds that were clean, with the typical armoire, closet, and bathroom setup. The wireless Internet access that came free in every room was definitely a plus for me to make doing my travel work easier. The hotel layout was in two wings with two floors on each wing. Each entry was from the balcony that overlooked either the Gulf side of Key West or the not-so-scenic parking lot. The outdoor pool was nestled in the middle of the two wings and had a v...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 15, 2005

Parrot Key Hotel & Resort
2801 N. Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 809-2200

Blond Giraffe

Restaurant

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The Best Key Lime Pie ever. The Blond Giraffe in downtown Key West has this claim to fame--and for the most part this is true. I've never tasted something quite as good--decadent yet light and fruity. I know that sounds like a paradox, but this pie is just absolutely delicious. The Blond Giraffe is set up like a small coffee shop/bakery with small seating areas and a large counter to place your orders. They sell a wide variety of hot and cold beverages- for an herbal treat you should try the "Yerba Mate" a delicious coffee substitute. The pies and products made with key lime here are the main draw. The Blond Giraffe has earned many awards and rewards for their pies including the "Best in...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 5, 2005

Blond Giraffe
1209 Truman Avenue
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 293-6667

Duval Street

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Attraction | "Shopping on Duval Street"

Duval Street Photo, Key West, Florida
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Key West has something for everyone, and this theme is best exhibited in the downtown shopping district on Duval Street. From mass retailers such as Banana Republic and Express to high-end local jewelry designers, Duval Street has it all. Some of the best and most au currant designers have boutiques on Duval Street. Coach and Burberry both have set up shop here and are popular stops for those who love these brands. The store Biton displays high-end sports wear and trendsetting gear from brands like Seven for All Mankind, Dolce and Gabbana, and Juicy Couture. Do not expect to find much in the way of deals in these designer destinations, though - this is not the land of discounts, and most of the p...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 29, 2005

Duval Street

Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Attraction | "Hemingway House"

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Hemingway House was an unexpected pleasurable historical tour. I stumbled upon it quite by accident when I was parking on the street right across from the sight. Since I had heard such wonderful things about it from the locals, I decided to take a gander inside. For only $5 admission, it wasn't even a second thought- so I purchased my ticket and embarked on a tour. I was never a big Hemingway fan (something about the womanizing, drunken rumors that always turned me off), but the tour guides completly played up these colorful parts of Hemingway's past and made them seem almost charming. From the tales of his ex-wive's taste in decorations and her penchant to drive Ernest crazy, to the reas...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 4, 2005

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