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Day Trip to Key West

Key West BirdDog Photo, Florida Keys, Florida

After several days of fun in the ocean, we were all ready for a change of pace. We left the Hawk's Cay resort early for a day of shopping and fun in Key West. We drove down US 1 to the Southwest end of the island where a monument marks the Southern Most Point in the United States. It's easy to find; you just go south until you can go any farther.

After a quick family picture we walked down Duval Street which offers many interesting shops and galleries that you will never find in a mall. Go all the way to Kino Square and check out the Kino's sandal factory. For $8 a pair, you can get a cool pair of handmade leather flip flops that they have made in the same location for decades. We bought a pair for everyone in the family and they quickly become our favorite shoes.

Engage the locals who walk down the street with small exhibits. Our favorite was the "Key West Bird Dog", which was a colorful parrot perched on top of a large dog. Others include snakes, trained cats, and other bizarre sites. Tip a dollar or two and the kids will have a lot of fun.

Food and margaritas will lure you at just about every corner. In the middle of our afternoon, Mother Nature treated us to a sun shower that turned into a bright downpour. Nobody seemed to care much about getting wet. We ended our day on the sunset dock and watched a spectacular display over the water in a serene and interesting setting.

You will definitely enjoy a day of shopping and walking in Key West.

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