on January 24, 2006
Okay, I know state historic sites are what you pass on the way to where you're going, but if you're in Key West and want to stay island side and not venture out to the Dry Tortugas, which I also highly recommend, this is the place to go. Also, what most people don't realize is that most of the beaches pictured in publicity photos of Key West are from Fort Zachary Taylor. Most of the island of Key West is surrounded by a sea wall. Basically, you walk over to what seems to be a cliff of brick falling right into the ocean. Now, the wall is only 3 feet tall and eclipses nicely into most of the bay views. But if you're looking for that ideal mental picture of relaxation and somewhere breezy to hang a hammock, you're thinking of Fort Zachary Taylor. The island and its many resort offer plenty of beautiful beaches and shoreline, don't get me wrong, and they too are beautiful, but they can't touch this scenery with a telephone pole. When I dreamed of Key West in my mind, this was the place. Located next to many cruise ship departure launches and dressed across its many acres of palm trees and sandy beaches, I can only say that it was breathtaking. If you come to Key West, you MUST come to Fort Zachary Taylor. My fondest memories even now are of the gorgeous beach located here. I can't say enough.
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