Key West Journals

Fun and Sun in Key West

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A December 2008 trip to Key West by RoBoNC

Sloppy Joes  Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: This journal starts off in Key Largo and continues through the keys until it ends in Key West. It explores the historical and popular tourist destinations in and around Duval Street. It continues on past Key West for another seventy miles at Dry Tortugas National Park.

Dry Tortugas National Park

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Attraction | "Although the Road Ends, the Trip Doesn't "

Dry Tortugas National Park Photo, Key West, Florida
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Although US Route 1 ends in Key West, Monroe County actually extends seventy miles west of the town in Dry Tortugas. Dry Tortugas is made up of seven islands accessible only by boat or seaplane. The name "Tortugas" is derived from the abundance of sea turtles in the area and "Dry" comes from the fact that there is no freshwater source. The Dry Tortugas was seen as a vital shipping lane and the US built a fort, Fort Jefferson, on one of the islands, Garden Key, to protect shipping on the Mississippi River. Construction lasted thirty years and was never completed as originally planned. Its biggest purpose served as an "Alcatraz" during the Civil War. Union deserters who were captured were sentence...Read More

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Dry Tortugas National Park
70 Miles West Of Key West
Key West, Florida 33041

Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum

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Attraction | "Truman's Winter Getaway "

Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum Photo, Key West, Florida
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For someone such as myself who loves to visit presidential sites, the Truman Little White House was one that I was not going to miss. Located in the "Old Town" of Key West near Mallory Square sits an average looking white house which became famous due to one man, Harry S Truman. The house was originally built as the home of the base commandant since it was built on the Key West Naval Station. Truman first visited the house in 1946 and he used it as an escape from the winter of Washington D.C. It was commonly called the winter White House until he spent so much time here, it became known as the Little White House. Tours of the house are guided and most of the original furnishings are s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 28, 2009

Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum
111 Front St.
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 294-9911

Exploring Duval Street

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Sloppy Joe's  Photo, Key West, Florida
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If you find yourself in New Orleans in the midst of Mardi Gras, head to Bourbon Street. If you are in Memphis and looking for the Blues scene and some BBQ to go along with it, head to Beale Street. If you are in Key West, where do you go? Duval Street, of course. Duval Street is where everyone and everything is located. Duval Street stretches from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. The street is filled with restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, and throw in a few museums, landmarks, and you have a busy street filled with tourists who are all looking for a great time. Starting on the south end of the street is the southernmost area in the continental US. Everything on this end o...Read More

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel

Hotel | "Marriott's Newest Hotel in Key West"

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Key West is filled with hotels from expensive resorts to bed and breakfasts. Prices can vary dramatically depending on the hotel brand name, amenities, and location. We stayed at the Oceanside resort which was a beautiful hotel at a reasonable price, $100 a night, which is cheap for Key West. Sometime this year, the hotel was bought by Marriott and it is now called the Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel. The hotel is in a great location. As you take US1 into Key West, the road T-intersects into Roosevelt Boulevard, which is one of the main streets on the island. As you turn right onto Roosevelt Boulevard, the hotel is immediately on your right hand side. A review of Marriott’s websit...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 28, 2009

Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
3841 North Roosevelt Blvd
Key West, Florida
305-296-8100

From Key Largo to Key West

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Florida Keys Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Florida Keys has always evoked images of pristine blue waters, great fun in the sun, and just a place to get away from your troubles in an atmosphere of where everything is laid back. Ever since the Beach Boys sang "Kokomo", I can picture myself relaxing underneath the sun, drinking a Pina Colada without a care in the world. While most people prefer to fly into Key West or the smaller airport in Marathon, I actually prefer to fly into Miami and drive the 3-4 hours to Key West. Perhaps on a subsequent trip, I will fly into Key West, but being my first time I wanted to see it all. The drive allows you to do that. The Florida Keys are made up of over 1700 islands or keys as they are ...Read More