Key West Journals

6 Nights in Key West

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A June 2011 trip to Key West by Joy S

Sunset Photo, Key West, Florida More Photos
Quote: We had a family holiday in Key West - not normally viewed as a family destination - we found there was so much for children to do and see here.

Overview and Highlights

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Sunset Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Florida Keys is a chain of 34 subtropical islands strung along the Overseas Highway. The Keys are a paradise for those who love the outdoor life - snorkelling, fishing and diving dominate. For many people, the various Keys on the way down from Miami are only stops on the way to Key West.Key West is the southernmost point of the Continental USA. It dangles right at the end of the Overseas Highway - a 113 mile highway with 42 bridges which skims the ocean. It was once the richest town in America, and is now the final dot of North America before miles and miles of ocean. It has a reputation as being eccentric, wacky, carefree and bohemian. This is all definitely true. I...Read More

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Sloppy Joe's Bar Photo, Key West, Florida
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* Cars are rarely used on Key West. Bicycles and walking are the preferred methods to transport. The island is a flat, coral rock and is small and easy to navigate. It is only 2 miles by 4 miles so is very manageable on foot. Parking is also a nightmare - there is a lack of places to park. Be sure to bring lots of water though if you are walking - it gets extremely hot.* You will definitely be able to relax and chill out on Key West. This is the land of the eternal vacation. No-one wears a watch or a tie. As soon as you arrive, you feel the laid back holiday atmosphere just take you over. The phrase "hasta-manana" applies and did absolutely to us too, so be prepared. The sun is a...Read More

Duval Roost Key West

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Hotel | "Duval Roost"

Duval Roost Key West Photo, Key West, Florida
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We booked a house for our stay in Key West. There are lots of rental agencies with holiday homes to rent in Key West and we just picked one of these and booked Duval Roost through them. The property was actually listed with a few different agencies, we just randomly selected one of them.We booked about 6 months before our holiday and everything relating to the booking went very smoothly. We had to pick up the keys at the agent's office on Duval Street and leave them back there at the end of the holiday.The hosue was just half a block from Duval Street, right in the heart of the Old Town area. It was tucked away on a private lane, but there were lots of other houses all arou...Read More

Duval Roost Key West
Old Town
Key West, FL

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

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Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida
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Every night in Key West there is a sunset celebration in Mallory Square. This is where Duval Street meets the Gulf of Mexico. It begins an hour or so before sunset and is a bit like a street carnival. There are vendors selling all sorts of things, food and fun performances. Be sure to bring your camera as there are great photo opportunites for some of the best sunsets ever.We went here every evening during our stay in Key West and never actually got tired of it.You need to arrive Mallory Square about an hour before sunset to catch the nightly celebration. Jugglers, fire-eaters, high wire artists and musicians do their thing. It really is the best show in town and the whol...Read More

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Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square
1 Whitehead Street, Mallory Square
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 296-4557

Old Town Key West

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Fast Buck Freddies Photo, Key West, Florida
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The Old Town part of Key West is the original part that was first settled. It is also the most desirable land, since it is the highest. Even during Hurricane Wilma which flooded most of the rest of Key West, the Old Town area was not affected.The homes in this area are so beautiful. They were built in the 1800's by wreckers, cigar makers and tropical tycoons. Often the wood that was used to build the houses, came from the ships people used to get here. The conch houses are lovely, the style is a bit like New England architecture, but they have larger porches and smaller dimensions. All the houses in the Old Town area are very well kept up and maintained. They look beautiful and we h...Read More

Key West Cemetery

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Key West Cemetery Photo, Key West, Florida
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A cemetery is not normally a place you would visit on holiday, but the cemetery in Key West is an exception to this rule. It is not at all gloomy, but is a quirky and humorous place and a must-see. The cemetery is set in 19 acres. People of all races and backgrounds are buried here - everybody from mariners, Cuban cigar makers, Spanish American war veterans, milllionaires to paupers. Slaves, ill from their voyage to slavery in "the New World" were also buried here prior to the Civil War. In total 100,000 people are buried in this cemetery.It is open from 7am to 7pm. They have guided tours which last 60 minutes. You are also free to (as we did) wander around on your own. Pick up a f...Read More

Key West Cemetery
701 Passover Lane
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 292-8177