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The beauty and leisure of Key West

It started out as a family vacation to Orlando. We decided if we are making the trek all the way down to Florida. We may as well make it an adventure.

I have my travel bucket list just like everyone else. One of the things on my bucket list is road trips.

The Seven Mile Bridge has always been one of my big to-do on my bucket list. It looks so amazing. The blue water and the feeling of being out in the open water.

The Seven Mile Bridge skips though a bunch of little islands that resemble parts of Pennsylvania. Small towns with Home Depot’s and Walgreens.

The Seven Mile Bridge is not what I was expecting. I wouldn’t say it doesn’t need to be on your bucket list. But if you miss it. You didn’t really miss anything.

When we finally made our arrival into Key West. That was a different story. Of all the island you go through, you know you’ve made it to Key West. It just has that feeling.

The historic area is small and compact. Not very car friendly. Find your hotel and make sure it has parking. Park and be done.

You can walk everywhere, which we did. There are also tons of rentals for bikes and scooters and such.

We stayed at Lighthouse Court Hotel, which turned out to be the most charming wonderful part of the vacation. It appeared to be nothing of a place tucked away in shrub but opened up to be the cutest little cottages everywhere.

It was centrally located, clean and well maintained. Walking anywhere and everywhere was a breeze. The staff was super cool and helpful. The rooms were modern and delightful.

It also happened to be right across the street from The Hemingway House as well.

Duval Street is the main drag and where you’ll spend most of your time. All the food and booze that your stomach and heart can handle is here.

The temperature is hot and humid as you would expect from Florida. You would think they would have more lighter fare. Bar food is what you are bound to find as that’s what the strip is generally lined with. I will say, everything was reasonably priced and delicious.

When in doubt always find a taco joint. That’s exactly what we did. Amigos Tortilla Bar was crowded when we walked past. That’s always a good sign of a restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious, well priced, good staff and friendly customers.

It was a lot of community tables and we even happen to sit next to a local who was super friendly. Another good sign.

A short walk from Duval Street is Fort Zachary Taylor. A minimal $5 entry gets you into the park for the day. Make your way to the back of the park and you’ll find a beautiful beach with the most gorgeous blue water. Find a spot and spend the day. You’ll be glad you did.

In the evenings, one thing not to be missed, is Mallory Square for the sunset. It’s at the end of Duval Street and is full of street vendors, food, artists and performers. It gets quite crowded and if you want a seat along the water. I would suggest arriving early.

Oh and make sure you get yourself a pineapple drink!

 

Our last night there we caught a cabaret show at 801 Bourbon Bar. The show is just $20 and it’s quite interesting. We laughed our asses off and at times, laughed at the the crowd.

The performers were wonderful and quite the characters yet always friendly and hospitable. Worth the $20 and you will walk away with a great experience and a hell of a story for home.

Key West is small and quaint with great things to do and see. We spent only three days and that’s all you really need. It’s perfect for a weekend trip.

It’s a classic beach town with the total laid back, no rush, lay on the beach during the day and have your drinks in the evening type of place.

The people are super cool, don’t bother you and it reminds me of New York in the sense that you can be anyone you want to be and nobody cares. Everybody is welcome.

If you’re looking to relax and get away and Miami is a little too much and not your speed. Move it on down to Key West.

“Stuff your eyes with wonder” he said. “Live as if you’d drop dead in ten seconds. See the wold. It’s more fantastic than any dream made or paid for in factories.” – Ray Bradbury

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