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Exploring Key West

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A December 2006 trip to Key West by Tolik

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Quote: We spent our Christmas vacation exploring the Florida Keys archipelago. Key West is the most popular island in the "Islands in the Stream."

Exploring Key West

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Overview

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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There are many things to do in Key West. If you're looking to go out, have a great time, and take a ghost tour then head to this unique island. You can tour the island in the Conch Train, spend some time fishing, swimming, or diving, visit famous Hemingway House, and make a picture of the Southernmost point of the continental USA on the corner of Whitehead & South Streets. The colorful buoy at the south end of Whitehead Street serves as the officially designated "Southernmost Point" of the continental United States (the claim is not quite accurate - Florida's southernmost point is Ballast Key, a privately owned island south west of Key West). The buoy is one of the most photographed places ...Read More

DoubleTree Grand Key Resort

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Hotel | "Grand Key Resort "

DoubleTree Grand Key Resort Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Doubletree Grand Key Resort is a lovely place to stay in Key West. To find it, once you reach the island of Key West, turn left onto South Roosevelt Boulevard (sign reads "Towards Beach"). Proceed through the traffic light at Flagler Avenue and Doubletree Grand Key Resort will be approximately a half-mile down on your right.Check-in is a breeze. In the beginning you will have warm welcome, and I mean warm chocolate-chip cookies. Our stay was quite pleasant and relaxing. The staff are friendly and helpful, the rooms are large and well maintained (the balcony is a little small though), the grounds are lovely, and the swimming pool is excellent. The resort provides complimentary scheduled ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 22, 2006

DoubleTree Grand Key Resort
3990 South Roosevelt Boulevard
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 293-1818

First Look at Key West

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Story/Tip

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida
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A tiny, only 2-by-4-mile island, Key West is simple to explore. As you enter town on U.S. 1 (also called Roosevelt Blvd.), you will see most of the moderately priced chain hotels and fast-food restaurants. The better shops and restaurants (and more expensive) are located in the Duval Street area. In Pre-Columbian times the island was inhabited by the Calusa people. The Spanish name for this island is Cayo Hueso, meaning "island of bones". The ominous name was given by Spanish explorers that found the skeletal remains of Indians when they discovered the island. Later the name was changed to Key West – sounds similar but much nicer, isn’t it? And Duval street, the island's main street, was named after ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Ghost Tours of Key West

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Attraction | "Key West Cemetery and the Ghost Tours"

Ghost Tours of Key West Photo, Key West, Florida
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This Cemetery is an amazing time capsule of Key West's past. The entrance is at the intersection of Margaret and Angela Street. Many of the graves are above ground, and it's a who's who of Key West. You will find unusual things around every turn. For example, the family plot that also contains graves of pet deer, rabbit, and dogs. Or epitaphs like "I told you I was sick". A Ghost Tour starts here too. They will charge $18 or so per person. The tour guide takes quite a creative license to stories (not always true). To be better informed you can pick up a free copy of Sharon Wells walking tour guide available at a local Information office. There is another walking tour called the Key West Gho...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

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 | "Hemingway House "

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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You should visit the former house of Ernest Hemingway. It was bought for Pauline and Ernest Hemingway by Pauline's uncle Gus in 1931 (Pauline was Ernest's 2nd wife). The Hemingway House is the only house in Key West with a basement and the first house on the island to get indoor plumbing, fireplace, and a swimming pool (Hemingway was outraged at what the pool ended up costing).The famous author owned the home until his death in 1961, and he lived there with countless cats, whose descendants, including the famed six-toed cats, still roam the premises. Hemingway built the brick wall around the house in an effort to get some privacy from the crowds of tourists. It was during those years that ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

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

Anne's Beach

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Anne's Beach Photo, Islamorada, Florida
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Once you’re in the Keys, U.S. 1 becomes the Overseas Highway. The best way to get around is to know the mile marker of your destination. Look for the little green mile-marker signs on the side of the highway. They begin just south of Florida City with number 127 and run all the way down to zero in Key West. Think of them like addresses. If you know the mile marker, getting to your destination is easy. It takes 3 hours or so to reach Key West from Florida City; I would recommend making at least one stop exploring “an island in the Stream”. We spent a few hours enjoying the Florida’s sun at the Anne’s public beach (Islamorada, mile marker 73). Parking space is rather limited (16 lots or so), shallow sw...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2006

Anne's Beach
Mile Marker 73.5
Islamorada, Florida 33036
+1 305 852 2381