Written by two cruisers on 20 Aug, 2006
Duval Street is the colorful street tourists crowd during the day and the place where serious party-types gather at night. Drinking is an institution in Key West accompanied by load music. There are three types of music: Loud, Extremely Loud, and Instant Ear Damage.…Read More
Duval Street is the colorful street tourists crowd during the day and the place where serious party-types gather at night. Drinking is an institution in Key West accompanied by load music. There are three types of music: Loud, Extremely Loud, and Instant Ear Damage. Pub crawls are a common activity. We were told there are three all nude bars, gay bars, lesbian bars and for Parrotheads...Margaritaville. We walked the street after sunset, but stayed out of the bars.Dog-Cat-Mouse, nationally renowned Sunset Ceremony street performers had relocated to Duval Street. Bill had seen a street performer on TV being interviewed by Tom Brokow. This guy's “act” was to have his pets form a stack...dog then cat then mouse on top. He has been a fixture at the sunset ceremony for a long time. We didn’t see him in the square, but we practically tripped over them walking up Duval Street. Bill handed me some money to put in the “hat” so I could take a picture. Despite flashing cameras the beasties remained very, very passive. I did notice there were spare mice in the bucket...just in case. The guy reminded me of the comic Gallagher.When we turned onto the street that led to our bed and breakfast, I experienced a little apprehension. Within a block of the noise and activity of Duval Street we found street people curled up asleep on steps leading to houses. At least they won’t freeze to death in this climate. Close
Written by Tolik on 19 Jul, 2006
A tiny, only 2-by-4-mile island, Key West is simple to explore. As you enter town on U.S. 1 (also called Roosevelt Blvd.), you will see most of the moderately priced chain hotels and fast-food restaurants. The better shops and restaurants (and more expensive) are located…Read More
A tiny, only 2-by-4-mile island, Key West is simple to explore. As you enter town on U.S. 1 (also called Roosevelt Blvd.), you will see most of the moderately priced chain hotels and fast-food restaurants. The better shops and restaurants (and more expensive) are located in the Duval Street area. In Pre-Columbian times the island was inhabited by the Calusa people. The Spanish name for this island is Cayo Hueso, meaning "island of bones". The ominous name was given by Spanish explorers that found the skeletal remains of Indians when they discovered the island. Later the name was changed to Key West – sounds similar but much nicer, isn’t it? And Duval street, the island's main street, was named after Florida's first territorial Governor who served between 1822 and 1834, the longest serving Governor in Florida's U.S. history. Close
Written by Dutchnatasja on 29 Jun, 2006
When I show my photos of Key West to my friends and family, they always ask me were I took these pictures. When I tell them I took them in Key West they are really surprised. They like what they see. But what is not…Read More
When I show my photos of Key West to my friends and family, they always ask me were I took these pictures. When I tell them I took them in Key West they are really surprised. They like what they see. But what is not to like about Key West? The island is really beautiful. But that’s the easy part. Explaining the atmosphere of Key West is more difficult because this is something you can’t take pictures of. It’s something you have to experience yourself. I like the ‘laid back’ lifestyle, but I can also understand that not everybody likes Key West. Let me tell you about the way I see Key West; not to convince you, but just to give you a look at Key West. The People of Key WestThe people, who are born in Key West, call themselves "Conchs" (pronounced konk). The people in Key West were outraged at the fact that they where being treated like foreigners by the federal government and formed their own "nation," the Conch Republic. They have their own flag, passport, and they celebrate the Independence Day of the Conch republic every April. Not only "Conchs" are in love with the island. Key West is also very popular by artists, musicians, writers, and gay people. Someone told me that the Gay community makes up about 20% of the citizens of Key West. That’s why you’ll see so many rainbow flags in Key West. Some hotels even emphasize that they are gay friendly. For a Dutch girl like me this is very strange since in the Netherlands gays are excepted everywhere. Unfortunately in places in the United States of America it isn’t accepted, that’s the reason Key West is a (gay) paradise for them. Key West has also attracted famous people over the years, for example Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Jimmy Buffett. Although some of them already past away or moved to another place, the stories, myths, and houses are still in Key West. While walking through the streets of Key West you’ll see and probably meet many characteristic people, all with their unique story of how they end up in Key West. Take a few minutes to talk to them. They like that, and most of the time they make you laugh with their unique and original way of asking for money (Do you have a dollar for a beer? I will promise you not to spend it on food!)The citizens of Key West are hard working people; they have to, because of the high costs and taxes. Unfortunately, the cost of living in Key West is the highest in the State. Because of this, many Conchs are leaving the Keys. I wonder how long it will take before all houses are turned in into hotels, B&B’s, and vacation homes. Where are all the people going to stay who are actually working in Key West?The people of Key West are very friendly and helpful. They will do every that is possible to make you feel at home in their paradise!The surroundings of the IslandKey West has palm-lined streets, beautiful mansions, gingerbread cottages, clear warm waters, colorful flowers, and chickens (!). Every mansion and cottage has its own unique story. Many guided (walking) tours offer you a peek in the life of the people who lived here. What I also like about this island is the flora. I always enjoy the lush tropical vegetation, the beautiful colors of the flowers, and the gardens. During our stay we saw, besides many cats, also a large number of chickens. Chickens and Key West; they belong together. A match made in paradise. Although it seems that there is going to be trouble in paradise since the city of Key West came up with their plan to get rid of all the chickens. Clear blue watersErnest Hemingway fished in the waters of Key West, but I like to swim in it too. The warm climate of the water is perfect for swimming, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Don’t expect too much of the beaches. The beaches are small, the shore has coral shards (which are sharp), so watch out and wear shoes. Nevertheless, I always have a great time at Duval Beach. It’s just perfect; Palm trees, beach chairs, and a cabana boy (he brings you the good stuff like tasty cocktails). Once in a while, we go into the water just to cool off. Packing listFor the ladies, leave the Manolo Blahniks at home. Take your flip-flops instead (or buy when you haven’t got any). For the men, bring those wallets with you, because we like the Margaritas!! In Key West it doesn’t matter how you look or what you are wearing, you’re accepted without a doubt. There is not really a dress code in Key West but if you want to dress up for dinner just iron your shirt and you’ll be okay! That’s how it goes in paradise. Always remember that it can be steamy hot and humid in Key West. Make sure you will drink enough water (or for some who start in the morning, an alcoholic drink), stay hydrated! And last but not least, don’t forget to bring (plenty) of sunscreen. We didn’t need a watch during our stay. Don't worry, don't hurry, you are in Key West after all; It’s Island time and the bars are always open. Now that I think of it, although the bar has doors, I have never seen Sloppy Joes closed. Overall For me Key West is the perfect escape of the hassles of today’s world. I’ve heard many people talk about the "Key West Disease" and never leave. Oh my god, I’d think I have it too… Close
Written by Ishtar on 03 Aug, 2004
One of the most exciting parts of this trip was getting to Key West. If you’re going to try to find the shortest and most expeditious way of getting there, I think you’ll miss the fun and the stops. I love to stop along…Read More
One of the most exciting parts of this trip was getting to Key West. If you’re going to try to find the shortest and most expeditious way of getting there, I think you’ll miss the fun and the stops. I love to stop along the way and discover something delightful. And there were plenty of delights. As I had indicated earlier, when we set out that morning, we were not thinking Key West. However, by the time you hit Key Largo, and stop at the Tourist Center and look at the incredible job they’ve done with information, brochures, and lodging and recreation ideas, you are going to push further.
On the way down, we didn’t do much exploration at Key Largo aside from remembering Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall and that they have the replica (or the original??) of the African Queen which we saw on the way back. And of course, there was that song about Key Largo…The amount of construction going on is simply astounding. I hope that they will be able to fill all of these new apartments and condos that are being built
.Interestingly, there are many more "keys" that one learns about on the road down. If you were uninitiated, as I was, it was fantastic to be able to know that there were more keys than just Largo and West. I prided myself in knowing that there was one called Islamorada. Anything beyond that was unimportant. Then it becomes clear when you look at a dedicated map of the area that there are literally hundreds of these little isles, and that the route that connects all of them pays tribute to the inhabited ones. One name in particular stuck with me, and it was " Bahia Honda" and I wondered if it had anything to do with the vehicle…but then again, how could it? Does anyone really stop at "Tavernier"? What about "Marathon"? Many people spill over into "Boca Chica" when there’s no room in Key West; we met a couple with their children one of the beaches who had rented an entire house in Boca Chica, and said it was preferable to stay there and drive into the Key West madness when they felt the need to go to a bar, or shopping. There is a marine sanctuary and a coral reef state park at opposing ends of the chain. I think we got lost in that state park on the way back, and I loved it. I kept searching the grassy fields for alligators on the loose, but they must have known, so they hid.
What is most impressive is what remains of the Flagler Bridge (see photos). If you know a little bit of Florida’s history, then you’ll know that Flagler is one of its honorees. You can tour his house in West Palm Beach, and it’s quite luxurious. He was a railroad magnate and was very involved with opening routes and facilitating transport in Florida. He undertook the building of the oversea train trestle in 1910, subsequently destroyed in 1935 by a hurricane. Shortly thereafter, the US Government got involved and built the Seven Mile Bridge (positively amazing!!!) and extended US Route 1 to run all the way down to Key West. The first mainland stopping point is Florida City, which used to serve as a checkpoint for illegal immigrants and such; there were protests and complaints that this procedure was hurting tourism in the Keys, and it is at that time that Key West supposedly seceded from the US, and declared itself an independent "Conch Republic". You will see signs to that effect everywhere when you reach Key West.
There are lots of gift shops on the way down, and you may want to save some time to visit; the one that I discovered was in Islamorada, Islamorada Hammocks, was well worth the time spent. They have a tremendous selection of drum art (and other island goodies) at significantly lower prices than Key West or Miami Beach for that matter. We also had lunch in a great little restaurant, whose owner came from Hawaii. There we met a man who had retired down here from North Carolina, and was the produce vendor to the restaurant. He talked a blue streak and it was impossible to ignore him.
One of the highlights was our unplanned stop at Veteran’s Beach where the water revealed a most striking characteristic: though very transparent and shallow, there appeared to be a path unfettered by algae that winded itself in a non-descript form, and it was just too far in for me to see where it ended. Despite the warning against the dangerous Portuguese man o’ war, which was posted quite clearly at the parking area, I couldn’t resist throwing myself in with total abandon. In fact, the water was so clear, that I had lost the car key during my antics, and of course, this put Chuck in total panic. We returned to the water, following the path, and there was the key, totally visible from 5’4" above!!!
Some wealthy folks inhabit these parts, you know. On our way back, we did turn off at Key Largo and went past a huge marina with yachts that would make you cry. There was ongoing construction, of course, but we went to look at some of the inhabited real estate, part of which was waterfront property and the other faced a lagoon. Many of them looked unoccupied, and I imagined they must have been northeast just to escape the torrid heat. What was also quite eerie was driving down a strip of land and being completely surrounded by water on both sides: this becomes all the more dramatic on the 7 Mile Bridge. It’s as if you’ve reached the end of the world, and in a way, you are reaching the southernmost point on the US East Coast. It had us thinking about Cuba a lot.
Written by lisanti on 10 Dec, 2001
There's nothing like a road trip. Even a short one. After weighing the different options of flying to Miami and renting a car versus just flying to Key West, we discussed it with a travel agent and did some research and decided to…Read More
There's nothing like a road trip. Even a short one. After weighing the different options of flying to Miami and renting a car versus just flying to Key West, we discussed it with a travel agent and did some research and decided to fly to Miami and make the "3 hour" drive to Key West. It's a straight shot down US Highway 1 and you get to hit the all the Florida Keys along the way.
After our liquor store "fiasco" in Miami (see my Journal) we were in a silly mood as it was. A road trip and the excitement of getting to Key West only heightened the experience.
Once you get out of Miami, it's not too long (45 minutes) until you get to the Keys. From there, the road turns into a two lane highway and is marked by mile markers ("MM 101," etc. with MM 1 being in Key West @ the end of US 1). At first, there are trees on either side of the road, and we ran into a bunch of traffic getting on and off the island (remember, it's Sunday afternoon). It took us about 45 minutes, and then the traffic got better. Once you get going, make a stop at a gas station and get a free guidebook with a map, coupons, and a guide to the different islands. Our only real goal was to get to Key West before sunset, so we had about 5 hours to get there. Plenty of time to see some sights.
Key Largo - Coconuts
A guy in Miami had told us that we had to stop at Coconuts in Key Largo and have one of their Pina Coladas. So, that was our first stop. You may see a sign or two on the way (it's in the Marina del Mar Resort), but it's kind of hard to find. To get there, turn off US 1 at MM 100 onto Laguna Avenue by Blockbuster Video. Go down a block and Coconuts is on your left. Once you pull into the gravel parking lot and park, you'll notice that it's a big place. We were there on a Sunday afternoon, and it was pretty empty, but I'm sure it's happening on the weekends. The entire place has wooden decks for floors and it's totally open to the outside pool and overlooks the marina. The restaurant is huge, with a dance floor room attached to it. We sat down at one of the plastic tables and looked over the menu, deciding to have a snack of conch fritters and pina coladas. The Miami guy was right! The pina coladas were Awesome! The shredded coconut on top made the drink. The conch fritters were served with cocktail sauce and were just ok. Nothing special. They seemed to have a wide variety of seafood, entrees, and a long list of specialty drinks for reasonable prices.
Islamorada - Holiday Isle Tiki Bar (not to be confused with any other Tiki Bar)
This place is "world famous" and we had heard rumors of it before we even took our trip. This place is one big party. All the time. We got there about 4 PM on a Sunday, and there were people everywhere. Located just past MM 85, It's like it's own little thatched roof village; the parking lot is surrounded by the many bars and restaurants and two hotels. In the parking lot, there was a herd of Harleys and bikers (popular in the Keys), and people of all ages having a good time. We opted to go to what we came for - the original Tiki Bar. It's in the right corner of the "village." The floor of the bar was covered in sand, with people packed into any table they could find, dressed in bathing suits, shorts, summer clothes. I don't think the doors ever close on this place. Stapled to the ceiling were business cards from all over the world, dollars with messages on them - all declarations of what a good time had been had here. Ten minutes passed before the busy bartender waited on us and there was no time to ask for advice. Being the place where the Rum Runner (frozen rum & juices drink) was created, I had to try one. My friends opted for Key Lime daiquiris. Yes, my Rum Runner was delicious, but those Key Lime daiquiris were the best drink my friends "had ever tasted." I tried it - it was like drinking a creamy popsicle. Yum!
Since there was nowhere to sit, we took our drinks outside, and walked along the pier to the boat docks. Along the pier were souvineer shops and clothing stores. At the end of the dock was an open metal picnic table, so we sat there and watched the water and the people on their boats. It was a gorgeous view and none of us wanted to leave. Well, we hadn't realized how late it was, but we had to be on our way - the sun was beginning to set! So, we left Tiki Bar, taking a few pictures on the way out.
"Dammit Grassy Key!"
Just outside of Fiesta Key, we got stuck behind a tractor-trailer going 55 MPH (and tons of traffic going the other way). With the sun setting soon, we decided that we would find a place on the side of the road to stop and watch the sunset. Well, the tractor-trailer had a different idea. Stuck between him, and the trees on either side of us, we missed our first sunset in the Keys while driving through Grassy Key (@ 6:30). Oh well.
We made it to our place in Key West just after 8.
Written by melissabowman on 17 Feb, 2006
Key West is filled with culture and entertainment. Now, we did not stay in Key West for very long, so my knowledge of all the activities is limited. I do know, however, that I saw tons of things to do and see and places to…Read More
Key West is filled with culture and entertainment. Now, we did not stay in Key West for very long, so my knowledge of all the activities is limited. I do know, however, that I saw tons of things to do and see and places to eat.When we went to the beach, there were all kinds of rentals: boats, chairs, rafts, bikes, etc. There are also many tours available, like boat and bus/trolley tours, and you can also go for day trips to some of the other islands and keys.Key West has several little shops and stores, and the streets are filled with them. I got he feeling that the best thing to do is walk up and down the streets checking out all the little stores and shops. Key West seems like a tight-knit community and a very casual and relaxed place to go. The people are nice and friendly and a pleasure to talk to. Like I said, my knowledge is limited, but I hope to go back some day and experience it more. It was a joy to experience what little I did. Close
Written by Irish lassie on 05 Aug, 2001
Key West is known for its party nature, but save time for the outdoor activities. Bike the island for convenience and fun. Bike rentals are everywhere and relatively inexpensive, especially if you rent them for a couple of days or more. A…Read More
Key West is known for its party nature, but save time for the outdoor activities. Bike the island for convenience and fun. Bike rentals are everywhere and relatively inexpensive, especially if you rent them for a couple of days or more. A few bike rental companies will pick up and deliver at no additional charge, go for them...much more convenient.
Don't pass up a chance to snorkel. If you have a car, head north on Route 1 about 15 miles to Loue Key. Any of the snorkeling companies there are great and reasonable ($15.00 of season, $30.00 high season) and will take you to some of the best snorkeling sites in North America. While in water in many cases no deeper than 12 to 20 feet, you will be swimming with angel fish as large as your dinner plate, and you will see colors of neon that you thought only existed in magazines. If you cannot make it to Loue Key, many of the boats in Key West will take you to some pretty good sites that are still worth the cost. We sailed on the Sea Witch, so we had a half day of sailing and snorkeling.
And last but not least, sea kayak. We took the eco tour with the Key West fishing and eco tour company, 1-305-304-0337. These warm, calm and clear waters are legendary for their rich marine life. We explored some of the flats to the mangrove islands aboard kayaks specially designed for eco-touring and getting us through incredibly small holes in the mangrove swamps. A fun and interesting day.
Written by petterbroklin on 28 Nov, 2008
Key west is fabulous attractive city, which located in Florida State, USA. It’s island, which have number of beaches with wondering things to do and sightseeing. Beaches are the main attractions of the tourists after that number of visitor came there in every summer seasons…Read More
Key west is fabulous attractive city, which located in Florida State, USA. It’s island, which have number of beaches with wondering things to do and sightseeing. Beaches are the main attractions of the tourists after that number of visitor came there in every summer seasons as well as other seasons. It’s awesome place due to his fishing spot, luxury but cheap hotels, beaches fun and activities. Key West climate is so mild in summer season. Many tourists spending our dream holiday there in every summer season. I watch a remarkable or beautiful dream last year then I depart there with my some best friends and collect greatest memory for my whole life. Key West was Main spot of the Florida also more crowd located after that things, hotels, car service are some expensive like parking, rent then mostly visitor take scooter for rent, it’s cheaper then parking. You can parked scooter and bike right outside in your destinations. There are number of bus with color-coded lines which have provide unlimited travel tickets available for every destinations in Key West city. If you visited this city and want to plan hire a car so be aware. Call the shuttle bus about 12 to 14 minute will come and went to his destinations. We purchased $12 per person pass for seven days use it unlimited it was so cheap. Before take off for Key West city checked hotels status for reservations after that reserved a discount Key west hotels rooms near the beach. If you directly went this city and going for reservations so as to will not find cheap, I think but if you used Internet then you found cheaper hotels with more offer and things to do in door, outdoor also. This city is so expensive due to favorite destinations for all tourists. In Key West have more things to see or things to do in number of places or sections just like Key West AIDS Memorial, Key West City Cemetery, Wildlife Rescue of the Florida Keys, McCoy Indigenous Park, Southernmost Point, Shipwreck Museum, Key West Lighthouse. Easily arrived to our hotel rooms by shuttle bus also made pass for 7 days only $12. My friends so excited to watch beaches and its things to do enjoyment. Hotels are luxury and I can’t expect about that hotels were to awesome room. Next day, early morning move on near the Key West beach. In attendance more rush gathered but look was adventure. Number of tourist did our favorite things to do or activities at Key West beaches. Surfing on wind wave scene was too adventure. It’s summer season then move out to water for swimming. All my friends were swimming in fresh salt water. Nicolas stayed at near the beach for watching to us. He did not want swimming but watch us. Near by the beach was wondering after that NOBODY boring at so as to place. As soon as planned here for next what to do afterward made plan for fishing near the fishing spot at beach. That day was too superb, while beach views always take some other experience for all life. Nearby at Key West city has number of fishing spot but if you did this in deep water after that it too well. Dave told about boating and fishing so hire a boat but it was too expensive but get it very low prices and as soon as depart to deep water for fishing Next day. All guys happy about this trip and thank to me due to I asked and planned to trip. At after noon they caught some big fishes with our fishing rode. It betters for lunch or dinner today, I forget so as to also plan camping that night near the beach followed by all things for camping brings with us and Nicolas stayed with those things near the beach. He enjoyed with some drinks and watch scene to beach. After that fishing Nicolas visit near the area by the boat with other and us made lunch to the fishes. Driver of the boat was telling about the beach some story, which were so great. All guys take great lunch with boat driver with singing, drinking, dancing at midnight. All days of my trip we came number of time at every free time. Also watched Key West other memorable places like his museum or famous places. You could get some delicious seafood at every restaurant, its superb taste with memorable moment. Another ways the street of Key West was so nice and watching his market places with purchase some things for our sign. After those seven days we came back to our homes with fun and enjoyment. Close
Written by forever-in-flipflops on 12 Jan, 2007
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…Read More
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 and a mini tiki bar that we had all to ourselves. We sat on the rocks in the ocean and relaxed in the sun . Both of these places are a wonderful introduction to the easy-going nature of the Florida Keys.
For a more touristy, yet still totally cool bar, stop at Holiday Isle in Islamorada. You can sit on a lounge chair next to the water or the busy pool while sipping a frozen drink (they're known for rum runners). There are numerous tiki bars in this complex. It reminds me of a small tiki village.We stopped on a Saturday afternoon and they had live reggae music. Trust me, this place is a lot of fun! The complex also has a small pier to walk on that is lined with shops. Great for people watching.
Unfortunately for us, it was January and the sun was setting early. We wanted to be close to Key West by dark so we couldn't stop at all the places we wanted to. There are just so many!
Written by Dutchnatasja on 01 Nov, 2006
Key West is a small island. The most important attractions lay within walking distance, therefore Key West is very walkable. I prefer walking. You'll see a lot more and you don’t have to pay attention to others in traffic. For those who'd rather not walk,…Read More
Key West is a small island. The most important attractions lay within walking distance, therefore Key West is very walkable. I prefer walking. You'll see a lot more and you don’t have to pay attention to others in traffic. For those who'd rather not walk, there are other options to explore Key West. Let’s begin with the first time traveler to Key West.The Conch TrainIf this is your first visit to Key West, the the Conch Train is a good way to get an impression of the city. It’s an open-air train which departs every 30 minutes. We did take this tour at our first visit to Key West, 13 years ago. It was nice, but sometimes I had a bad view, because I was sitting at the wrong side. You can’t go off and on whenever you want. I do think it’s the perfect way to meet the city.Operating Hours: Daily from 9am to 5:30pm.Main Ticket Booth: Conch Tour Train ticket booth in Mallory Square (303 Front St.).Old Trolley Tour TrainThe train tour is 90 minutes long and drives along the most important buildings/places of the city. Old Town Trolley Tours will allow you to get off and on at any of the touristy stops. Locations/Stops: 1 Mallory Square2 Historic Key West Seaport3 Simonton Row - Simonton and Greene St4 La Concha Crowne Plaza5 Bahama Village Market6 Key West Welcome Center7 Wyndham Casa Marina Resort8 Southernmost Trolley Stop9 Truman Ave. & Duval Street10 Angela & Duval StreetsWhen you're ready, you can wait at one of the stops mentioned above and re-board to go on with the tour. It’s difficult with both tours to take pictures. You’d better enjoy the environment and then go back later to take pictures.BicyclesAnother option to see the island is to rent a bike. Key West is a cycling town, you’ll see that many locals are biking. There are many bike paths in Key West and if you want to have a break there are racks where you can park your bicycle. Always ride carefully; biking is easy on the island, but Duval Street can be crowd with the car traffic and the rickshaws. When you bike away from Duval, you’ll notice the quiet lanes. It’s the perfect way to find out what makes this island so special. I know already the answer, now it’s your turn to find it out. Note: If you rent a bike be sure it has a light on it. You can get a ticket if you don't.Rick-Shaw TaxiThe locals called it a taxi without an attitude. It's a bit touristy. If it is something you’ve always wanted to transported in, than this is your change, because it’s fair priced and fun. You’ll never have to search for one, because there are many rickshaws along Duval Street. When you walk through Duval Street, the drivers of the rickshaws yell at you to get your attention. Little electric carsThe best way to describe these cars is to call them street golf carts. We saw people going all over in these cars. They go up to 25 miles per hour and you can rent them by hour, day or week. You can choose from a 2,4, or 6 seat open-air electric cars. I’ve heard that they are quite expensive. We never tried these cars. You still have to find a spot to park the car. On the other hand, the electric cars have an environmentally friendly way to get around the island. Parking in Key WestHere are some tips if you have decided to get around in your own car. I mean you have to park your car somewhere. Be careful where you park your car; in some areas of old town, there are clearly painted parking areas that say 'Residents Parking Only' . These are the choices:Old Town Garage ParkingThis garage is located at 300 Grinnell Street and has 250 spaces. This parking garage has two levels. The lower level is meter parking and costs $1.50 per hour or $10 per day. You can park here 24 hours, 7 days a week. The upper level is available after 5pm.Note: Many hotels and guesthouses in the Old Town area do not have off street parking so, when you make your reservations, ask about it.Parking lot Mallory SquareThere is a large garage on Mallory Square. You hardly find a spot here in the evening during the sunset celebration. It costs $ 3 per hour, no maximum. City Hall Garage ParkingThis garage is located at 600 block of Simonton Street. It has the same price as the Old Town Garage Parking. Parking metersAlmost every street in Key West has parking meters. Meters take quarters and an hour is $1. Watch out where you park your car. In some areas of old town, there are painted parking areas that say 'Residents Parking Only'. Don’t park your car here, because it will be gone when you’re coming back. Note: Rates can changes for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday of Fantasy Fest week. Keep in mind that you’re paying double the price. Park ‘n RideThis is a very good option, when you don’t want all the parking troubles. Go to the Park ‘n Ride location on the corner of Grinnell and Caroline Streets. The easiest way to get there is to follow the Park ‘n Ride signs. You pay $3 per day to park your car. A shuttle brings you to the downtown area including Old Town, the Southernmost Point, Mallory Square and all the points in between. The shuttle leaves every half hour. If you have to wait for the shuttle, you can to one of the shops or restaurants Park ‘n ride station. You see, whether you walk, bike, drive a electric car or grab a rickshaw taxi, there are many ways to explore and enjoy Key West. Close