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                                                                   Key West

Key West is located about 150 miles away from Miami and 90 miles away from Hawana. It is a treasure trove, and not just because of the multitude of shipwreck artifacts and memorabilia. Its Old Town section is rich with historic sites and architecture. Because the island is so compact, many vulnerable houses and other buildings now function as inns, restaurants, and museums. 

 At the southern most point of the United States, this colorful Florida island prides itself on having a sense of fun and a truly independent spirit. In the 1970’s Key West protested federal policy by “seceding” from the Unioun and declaring  itself the sovereign “ Conch Republic “. It’s that quirky, tongue-in-cheek take on life that has attracted a multitude of artists, musicians and writers to Key West – along with Key lime pie and killer sunsets.

Places of Interest  : A good way to start exploring Key West is with a trolley train tour. A narrated tour of Old Town is peppered with legend, lore and anecdotes as you take in all the sights.Papa Hemingway’s home is a central attraction. The two-story, Spanish-colonial house is now a museum that offers guided tours everyday. Hemingway loved cats, and  dozens of them still roam the property, including many that are descendants of the original Hemingway cats. Knowing Hemingway’s fondness for felines, Pablo Picasso sculpted a ceramic cat and gave it to him. A replica of the sculpture remains in the home today.Other notable sites include the Wreckers Museum; the Harry  S. Truman Little White House Museum, which ewas the winter White House during the Truman administration; and the Key West Aquarium, where you can pet baby sharks and view a wide range of tropical fish and shellfish.Here you’ll find historic Fort Jefferson, where Dr. Samuel Mudd was imprisoned after treating John Wikes Booth, who assassinated Abraham Lincoln. The Dry Tortugas also provide a home to hundreds of species of tropical birds.The best place to begin a lively evening on the town is at Mallory Square at sunset. 

 

Site seeing tours

Conch Tour Train        Old Town Trolley          Trolley Tours   

Dining

Captain Mario’s Seafood Feast  305-292-0090         Hard Rock Café                        Hog’s Breath Saloon    

Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill  305-293-8484               Mangia Mangia Pasta café        Santiago’s Bodega   

Sippin On the Pier 305-295-0053                            Sloppy Joe’s                            Southernmost Beach Café   

Sunset Dinner Cruise    Wendy’s     

Restaurant & Bars - Cuban Cuisine

El Meson de Pepe        

Key Lime Pie shops/Factories

Blond Giraffe         Kermit’s Key West Lime Shoppe        

Shopping

Jake Key  305-296-8889    Key West Love Bracelet       Key West Toy Factory         KW Bracelet Co.        Mel Fisher’s Treasures    

Ron Jon surf shop           The Key West Winery       

Accomodation

1800 Atlantic Suites             Alexander Palms Court              Andrews Inn & Garden Cottages                Angelina Guest House  

Authors Guesthouse             Avalon Bed & Breakfast            Best Western Key Ambassador Resort Inn   Boyd’s Key West Campground 

Duval Gardens                    Duval Inn                                 Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa                  Marrero’s Guest Mansion      

Ocean Breeze Inn               Parrot Key Hotel & Resort         Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa            Pilot House Guesthouse    

Rent Key West Vacations     Seascape, An Inn                    Southernmost Hotel     

Things to Do

Audubon House & Tropical Gardens        Biplane Rides Island Aeroplane Tours          Bobdive Key West         Divers Direct      

Fury Key west                                      Harry S. Truman Little White House             Highside Ultralights       Islands Watersports     

Key West Art & Historical Society           Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory     Key West’s Coast Guard Memorial Museums    

Key West’s Coast Guard Museums         Key West Visitors Center                              Mean Green Charters   

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum                Miami Acting Company                                Pat Croce’s Pirate Soul Museum    

Pirate Soul Museum                             Ripley’s Believe It or Not                              Skydive  Key West      305-745-4386  

Sunset Watersports                             Theater of the Seas                                    The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum     

The Key West Picture Show                  Tortuga IV Fishing                                      Wyland Art Galleries   

Education

Florida Keys Community College     

Transportation

Key West Moped, Electric car & Bike Rentals          Key West Water Tours            Key West  Express      

24 hour Emergency  Physician

Dr. Kris M Bly AM~PM Housecalls      

Gateways to the Keys

Things to Do / Attractions                

Billie Swamp Safari                    Coopertown Airboat Tours              Everglades Safari Park                       Monkey Jungle    

Mutineer Restaurant                   Shark Valley                                 Tropical Everglades Visitor Center           

Shopping    

Discount in 55 stores -  Prime Outlets     Visit  to receive special offers      

                                                 Key Largo 

Things to Do

Key Largo Princess Glass Bottom Boat          John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park            Florida Keys Dive Center      

Dive in Watersports                                    Horizon Divers                                      Quicksilver & Reef Roamer Catamarans  

Keys Diver & Snorkel Center           

                       

Dining                       

Bayside Grille                           Café Largo Italian Restaurant               Key Largo Conch House                Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen         

The Fish House                        The Juice House  305-451-4270           Upper Crust Pizza  305-451-4188   Wendy’s  

               

Shopping

All Sports Depot   allsportsdepot20@yahoo.com    Florida Keys Jewelry  305-453-0177        Stephen Frink Gallery and Studio        

 

                                               Islamorada        

     

Accomodation

Breezy Palms Resort                     Caloosa Cove Resort             Chesapeake Beach Resort               Hampton Inn & Suites    

Holiday Isle Beach Resort              Kon-Tiki Resort                     La Jolla Resort                               La  Siesta Resort & Marina    

Lime Tree Bay Resort                   Lookout Lodge Resort            Pelican Cove Resort & Marina          Sands of Islamorada 

                                                              

Dining     

Boardwalk Pizza                   Green Turtle Inn Restaurant                Hungry  Tarpon                   Island Grill 305-664-8400  

Kaiyo                                  Lazy Days Oceanfront Restaurant         Old Tavernier Restaurant     Uncle’s Restaurant 305-664-4402 

Whistle Stop Pub & Grill & Discount Liquor Store      

   

Shopping    

Latitude 25 Clothing            Order your Visitor’s Fun Pack            Scrubs of Key West         

  

Things to Do

Diving Museum         Florida Keys Wild Bird Center Protects and Educates        Miller Time Sportfishing    Theater of the Sea    

 Adopt-A-Manatee!     

   

                                            Islamorada Robbie’s Marina   

       

Robbie’s Marina                      Happy Cat Catamaran Snorkeling                  Florida Keys Kayak   

                                      Marathon 

 

  Marathon and the Middle Keys  are  located approximately halfway between Key West  and Key Largo. The Middle Keys are home to one of the region’s largest cities, an airport, and many historical treasures. The area incorporates  Conch Key, Duck Key, Grassy Key, Crawl Key, Fat Deer Key, and the largest, Vaca  Key, which was named by the Spanish for its abundant population of manatees ( Sea cows). Vaca is the Spanish word  for cow.   

      

Accommodations

Banana Bay Resort & Marina                  Coco Plum Bleach and Tennis Club             Continental  Inn 305-289-0101   

Crane Point Museum & Nature Center     Daffy Doug’s 305-289-3233                        Dolphin Research Center    

Rainbow Bend Resort                            Sombrero Reef Inn & Fishing Lodge            Spirit Snorkeling     

Tranquility Bay Beach House Resort   

Dining     

Cracked Conch Café                         Ku Ku KonKanut Party Bar          Lazy Days South Oceanfront Restaurant  

Sparky’s Landing Fish n Cocktails       Wendy’s     

                                     Big Pine & Lower Keys  

Extending  from Bahia Honda Key and its beautiful beaches through Big Pine Key to Stock Island, the Lower Keys provide many attractions.DiningRob’s Island Grill   305-872-3022 Shopping

Bare Sole Sandals   

Services                              

Key West Visitor’s Center          

Things to Do           

Bahia Honda State Park                 Island Excursions Strike Zone Charters          

                                                     Guidebooks & Maps   

 

For more information about Florida Keys and Key West     

     

      Great Locations                         TripSmarter                           Florida Keys & Key West

http://www.fla-keys.com/gettinghere.cfm

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