Key West Journals

Laid Back in the Florida Keys

A January 2007 trip to Key West by forever-in-flipflops

Crowne Plaza La Concha Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
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Crowne Plaza La Concha Photo, Key West, Florida
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I enjoyed my stay at the Crowne Plaza La Concha. The hotel was in a perfect location, and we were able to easily walk to everything in Old Town. It was very clean, comfortable and quite pretty. The beds were really cozy. It was super convenient to have a Starbucks downstairs! The only drawback was that the walls were very thin. We could hear the neighbors talking and the sound of their TV. Also, they were doing maintenance in the room above us. Each morning around 8am we awoke to loud banging on the ceiling and stomping on the floor. You can hear the toilets flushing in other rooms as well. Our room faced the parking lot, but I've heard the ones that overlook Duval can be rather loud at night. We were...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

Crowne Plaza La Concha
430 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-2991

Two Friends Patio Restaurant

Restaurant | "Two Friends Patio"

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Great place for breakfast! The service was super friendly and the food was phenomenal. The breakfast here was much better priced than many of the other restaurants we dined at. The breakfast potatoes are different from anything I've ever seen, but they were yummy!

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

Two Friends Patio Restaurant
512 Front Street
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-3124

Duval Beach Club

Restaurant

Duval Beach Club Photo, Key West, Florida
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This colorful little outdoor bar/restaurant can be found right across the way from the Southernmost house. It sits on a little beach with a great view of the ocean. We happened to come across it one afternoon when we were just walking around and decided to stop. It's great for an in-between meal snack. During happy hour most of the appetizers are only three dollars. We had a couple of mojitos, some mozzarella sticks and shrimp cocktail. After finishing our food, we took our drinks down to the pier next to the restaurant. It's a great place to catch the sunset! (Especially if cruise ships are docked at Mallory Square.) There were only a few other people on the pier with us. We never had an actual m...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 15, 2007

Duval Beach Club
1405 Duval St.
Key West, Florida
(305) 295-6550

Green Parrot Bar

Attraction

Green Parrot Bar Photo, Key West, Florida
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To experience the true Key West, it's best to avoid the usual crowded tourist trap bars on Duval and seek out the local bars. Green Parrot is hands down the best bar in Key West. The bartenders make extremely stiff drinks and the vibe is super relaxed. Great jukebox is filled with rock and blues. I had many interesting nights here chatting with the locals. The crowd is friendly and it's as easy going as it gets. There is definitely no frills when it comes to this bar. It's kind of a dive and isn't located on the water or any other pretty location, but please stop in! It's a nice change of pace from the busy Duval bars. It's located about a block from the La Concha hotel on Whitehead St, so we made it ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

Green Parrot Bar
601 Whitehead St.
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294 6133

Sloppy Joe's

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Very touristy and over-rated! It's a nice bar, but very crowded. The drinks were more expensive than at many of the other places. It's still a good idea to stop in for a drink just so you can say that you've been there! Each time I passed by they always had good live music playing. If you prefer a busier and lively bar, then this would be a good place for you.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

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

Captain Tony's Saloon Photo, Key West, Florida
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This is the true bar where Hemingway spent his time. It seems much more fitting! We made it a point to stop here every night (along with Schooner Wharf and Green Parrot). It's a very quirky bar with a tree and gravestone sitting right in the center. Bras and business cards cover the walls. Be sure to bring a business card to add to the collection! Their live entertainment consists usually of a solo guitar player/singer who sings laid back music by artists such as Simon and Garfunkel, Tom Petty, and Buffet to name a few. I truly enjoyed the music in here more than any other bar! The customers and bartenders here are friendly and it's easy to strike up a conversation with anyone. It was never overly cro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 12, 2007

Captain Tony's Saloon
428 Greene St
Key West, Florida 33040
+1 305 294 1838

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Beware of the shady T-shirt shops that dominate Duval St. You'll know them by the fact that they all have techno music blaring out of the speakers and the workers don't speak much English. If you look around, sometimes they do have a few cute T-shirts, but they are so sketchy!!! I really didn't want to give them my money.The workers/owners are rude and follow you around pressuring you to buy stuff. The prices differ greatly from store to store. So be sure to look around if you must buy. In one store a sweatshirt was $50, in another the same shirt was $30. There is something really off about these establishments, I recommend you don't give them the satisfaction of taking your money.Not ...Read More

Member Rating 1 out of 5 on January 19, 2007

Great first stop in Key Largo Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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While driving from Miami to Key West, we decided to make an entire day of it. There are so many neat bars and restaurants located on US 1. We decided to eat and drink our way down. Our first stop was in Key Largo, the Caribbean Club. It's claim to fame that it's the bar where Key Largo was filmed. It is a good place to meet some of the locals, but also drink in an open air bar with one of the most beautiful outdoor settings I've ever seen. We had a beer while sitting under some palm trees with green parrots flying above. Hog Heaven is another bar we made a pit stop at in Islamorada. From the outside it doesn't look like much. Out back is a completely different story. It has a small beach an...Read More
Go topless Photo, Key Largo, Florida
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Driving through the Keys on US 1 is an amazing experience. If you're lucky enough to have good weather spend a little extra for a convertible. Driving over the bridges surrounded by clear blue water feeling the warm breezes was an experience I'll never forget. We spent the entire drive there and back saying "I'm so glad we decided on a convertible." It also comes in handy when you want to take some photos while driving!Just to note, the drive takes longer than one would expect! Traffic along US-1 from Miami to Key Largo is pretty heavy. Until you get to right above Key Largo (the everglades), it is mile after mile after mile of strip malls and stop lights. Look into taking the highway or turnpike....Read More

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