Wish You Were Here: Key West

 

Hemingway. Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Chickens roaming the street. Eclectic, welcoming residents. It’s the southernmost city in the continental United States and closer to Cuba than Miami.

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Key West is polar opposite of where you are now, unless of course, you’re actually in Key West. Or any place in Florida for that matter.

It’s warm. The sun is shining. The town is even decorated for Christmas.

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key west florida

Odd, isn’t it? Maybe just a little because when you think of Christmas, you think of snowmen, lights reflecting in the snow, and icicles hanging from your eaves. You don’t think of it being warm, amirite?

It’s true that the population is just a tad higher than I would like, but damn it, it has been cold in Texas and I wanted to stick my toes into some warm sand.

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Sorry, but I didn’t come here for a tour. No sirree, but I can tell you a little about the town. You know…just in case you want to take a little trip to rid yourself of frostbite or if you just want a mental escape while you’re sitting at your computer. I’m here for you.

So, while I sit on the beach and relax, you can be the adventure-seeker and come back to tell me all about it. I will be interested in your review.

Key Largo

  • Diving and snorkeling: It’s a paradise for underwater photographers. Go diving to see Christ of the Abyss.

  • Go swimming with the dolphins: contact any of this outfitters and you’re on your way!

ISLAND DOLPHIN CARE                DOLPHIN COVE                           DOLPHINS PLUS
Phone: 305-451-5884                          Phone: 305-451-4060                    Phone: 305-451-1993
Mile Marker 100, Oceanside               Mile Marker 103, Bayside              Mile Marker 99.5
Key Largo ,  FL  33037                        Key Largo ,  FL  33037                   Key Largo ,  FL  33037

  • Deep Sea Fishing: Key West is the mecca for any sport fishermen. The waters around this area are teeming with some of the world’s most sought after fish.

Islamorada

  • The Eagle Wreck: The Eagle is a 269 foot wreck that was broken in half by a hurricane in 1998. Sits in about 120 feet of water.

  • Theater of the Sea: an adventure park where you can swim with dolphins, sea lions, and sting rays. Reservations for swims are required. Phone: 305-664-2431
  • Island Body and Sol day spa at The Moorings, a beautiful serene resort, offers massage therapy, facials, reflexology, body treatments, manicures, pedicures, all natural botanical bath and skincare products from around the world. Phone: (305) 664-3264

Key West

You can stroll the palm-lined streets where estates date back to the Kings of Spain. This town is truly one of America’s architectural and botanical treasures!

key west florida

 

key west florida

It is such a vibrant community with so many things to do and you don’t even need a car. There is public transportation ranging from taxi’s, pedi-cabs, trolley’s or do like the locals do and ride a bicycle or use your own two feet.

Once the sun is tucked safely below the horizon, the city transforms and the streets become filled with sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants. Yes, if you are a foodie like me, then bring your appetite and treat your palate to some island specialties with fresh seafood and steaks, which is usually accompanied with live entertainment.

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And don’t forget the Key Lime Pie!

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Conclusion

Stow away your parkas, sweaters, and wool socks. Instead, pack your shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits, and the ever important pair of flip-flops and head on down to Key West to warm up a bit. It’s truly refreshing, fun, and exotic. So much so that you may never want to leave, unless it’s hurricane season and you have to go some place else temporarily. Either way, you’ll be back!


Comments

Wish You Were Here: Key West — 6 Comments

  1. Oh man, to be there right now! I remember years ago driving from Penn State, State College, PA, my freshman year of college, during Spring Break, to Florida. We stopped in Jacksonville, Daytona, Fort Lauderdale (of course!), Miami, Key Largo, and ultimately, Key West, then as we headed back home, stopping in Orlando at Disney World. What a trip! I also remember getting the sunburn of my life while floating on a raft in the ocean in Key West, not realizing how much the sun was broiling me like a steak in the oven. OUCH! But what a great trip! That was also the first time I ever saw ocean water that clear and blue in my life. I would love to go back to Key West again!

  2. Hey GK!

    Key West is one of our favorite places! We have vacationed there a few times and can’t wait to go back. The sunsets, bar scene, and key lime pie are amazing!

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