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Waiting For the Key West Sunset
As I walked along the pier at Mallory Square, I checked to see how long we had until the sunset celebration. Sunset in Key West at Mallory Square is one huge party. Kiosks offer ice cream, caramel corn, candy, and other Key West goodies. There are many things going on at the same time - jugglers, singers, stilt walkers. Every evening there is a show to enjoy. There are a couple of restaurants and bars at Mallory Square. You can stand in the Square or sit at a restaurant. Either way, you'll be in on the fun and get to see the gorgeous sunsets of Key West, Florida.
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A Souvenir to Remember the Experience
As a Colorado native, I'm used to sunsets taking place in a slightly different manner. The sun dips down behind the mountains, sometimes revealing a streak of color across the sky. It's nice. Sometimes spectacular. But always short-lived. Then I head off to sea level. There is something magical about experiencing a sunset as the sun falls towards the horizon, dipping into the ocean waters. And in Key West Florida, they put on a show every night to celebrate the magic. You can spend hours perusing many things. The street vendors. The entertainment. The magic shows. The food. The many carts with their humble souvenirs. Yet it's the show that everyone wants most. As the sun sets in the distance and the boats cruise by, you know there is no other place on Earth. And every time you glance at your small token treasure, you're reminded again and again of the experience.
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Mallory Square Sunset: A Key West Tradition
Mallory Square hugs the waterfront along the Gulf of Mexico and serves as the disembarkation point for most cruise ships who port in Key West. Every night, street performers, craftsmen and food carts arrive about two hours before sunset to start the party. While I can’t say I was bowled over by the street performers, I have to admit I got a kick out of the amazingly strange French cat guy. I can’t even describe the absurdity of his act, mostly because I didn’t understand what he was saying, but when you visit Mallory Square, you really must check him out. Regardless of my thoughts on the performances, the institution of Mallory Square at sunset is one you shouldn’t ignore during a visit. You can grab a mojito, stroll along the waterfront and make friends with the artisans who peddle their wares. It’s definitely the best place in town to people watch.
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