Key West – Laid Back & Relaxing
I could spend forever in Key West–that’s how much I liked it. But alas, all we had were three days.
We flew from home, connected in Atlanta, and then on to Key West. I’m glad the pilot warned us that the landing at the Key West airport would be abrupt. The runway isn’t that long. After exiting the aircraft, you are welcomed to the “Conch Republic“!
From the airport, it was a quick taxi ride to our hotel: the Key Lime Inn. It had good reviews and we were not disappointed. This is a great place to stay! It’s easy walking distance to Duval Street and everything you want to see in Key West. Many of the rooms are little cottages–in fact, we were given a complimentary upgrade to a mini-suite when we checked in. A continental breakfast is served poolside–and speaking of the pool: a very nice place for a relaxing dip. Here are a few photos of the Key Lime Inn.
You don’t really need to rent a car unless you want to venture beyond Key West. You can also rent mopeds to get around town. However, since our trip was short, we decided to use our two feet to get everywhere.
So what to do? Well, you could spend the entire trip just people watching! But here’s a good itinerary:
- Stroll down Duval Street
- Visit the historic seaport
- Have a drink at Sloppy Joe’s Bar
- Custom House Museum
- Southernmost point marker
- Sunset at Mallory Square
- Ernest Hemingway home
- Harry S. Truman Little White House
- Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory
- Fort Zachary Taylor beach
- Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas National Park day trip
While Key West shouldn’t be rushed, if I had to pick 4 “must see/do” things:
The Ernest Hemingway home
Take the guided tour. I really came away with an appreciation for Ernest Hemingway, his writing, and the warts-and-all historical approach to the tour. Plus you get to see his writing studio and the many polydactyl cats.
Sunset at Mallory Square
Do it! Find out what time the sun will be setting and then head over a couple hours prior. Every night is a celebration! Find a good spot to sit and watch the boats go by. Then take in the street performers before going off to find a good place to eat.
Below are some photos from Key West. Want to see more? Check out my Flickr album.