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DescriptionYou'll never have a dull moment while vacationing in Key West. Although it's most famous for its water-sports and nightlife, Key West also has a number of family-friendly museums and historic sites. Water fun, in this perpetually sunny city, ranges from playing at the beach, to scuba diving, to snorkeling, to fishing, to kayaking. Those with a knack for the adventurous can also try sky diving and para-sailing. Aquariums, The Shipwreck Treasure Museum, Ernest Hemingway's home, Harry S. Truman's Little White House, and a beautiful butterfly conservatory provide hours of fun for families. For those looking for more adult fun, Key West is the number one vacation spot for spring breakers thanks to their lively music scene, bars and dance clubs.
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Out of the way, but worth the trip10/09/13
About a 3 hour drive down the Overseas Highway from Miami, Key West is a beautiful island retreat. A historic vibe resembling Galveston or Charleston, the city boasts a collection of 19th century houses built by Bahamian and Cuban migrants. Don't let the small town atmosphere fool you though, Key West is still a party city at heart. If you want to see the crazy side of the island come out, Fantasy Fest at the end of October is the time to visit. While some more conservative travelers may shy away during this festival, the more liberal among us wild find the scantily clad street party on par with Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Any other time of the year, Key West is very laid back and has typical South Florida weather. Beware during hurricane season though, the city tends to flood during a bad storm. Duval Street, the main entertainment district, is home to a really good dive bar scene. A great sight to visit is the Ernest Hemingway house, and if you have time take the ferry out to Fort Jefferson, an abandoned American fort on the Dry Tortugas. From personal experience, I recommend Waldorf Astoria's historic Casa Marina resort for lodging, though it does come with a luxury pricetag.
90 miles away from Cuba09/20/13
Where else do people gather together to applaud a sunset? And where can you eat one of the best Key Lime Pies? Yes, Key West! Even though you can go and spend the day (it is a three hour drive from downtown Miami), I strongly recommend you stay overnight and walk or bike all around town,during the day, visiting different landmarks and enjoy the nightlife as a local with the "locals".
Laid Back, Key West05/06/13
I love Key West. It's such a laid back and easy going destination. There are great restaurants and good people. Most everyone there will help you find what you're looking for or point you in the right direction. Don't miss the Dry Tortugas. It's an amazing trip!
simply beautiful, great blue ,green ocean , numerous water activities, beaches. very relaxing and refreshing
one big party somewhere all the time
One of my top picks! Loved Duvall Street and the ocean scenery was amazing! Can't wait to go back.
What ISN'T there to do in Key West? The sunrises and sunsets are spectacular. The ocean is beautiful and clear. The seafood is something totally different than the crud you find in the Walmart freezer. It's just a step beyond paradise. I love the glass bottom boat rides!
I went to visit Hemingway's house but found myself caught up in the wild local scene. In fact, it was almost too much fun for someone like me who prefers peace and quiet over most anything else. After I left, I thought it might be nice to actually live in Key West, provided I could find a place off the beaten path! If you love big water, oddball personalities and a hectic party scene, you'll want to wind your way down to Key West at least once in your life.
I liked Key West, it was very interesting..nothing like it that I've seen. They have really cozy, awesome bars that was great fun. Also awesome restaurants! Parties in the street and the beautiful ocean! I definitely recommend this place.
A lot to see in a small area... and then there's the ocean!
Dry Tortugas Boat Tour
Experience Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park. 70 miles from Key West, this day trip includes amazing beaches, historical fortress tours and sea life surrounding it all.
Cost: From $165 Per Person
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Key West Sightseeing Tours
See all the famous (and infamous) sights of Key West with an experienced guide to show you it all.
Cost: From $26 per person
Contact: www.trolleytours.com/key-westVisit Website
Sunset at Mallory Square
A must see in Key West. Street performers/artists line the walkways and the whole town gathers to watch the beautiful sunset.
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