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Key West may be known best as a beach destination, but the island offers plenty of cultural and educational experiences as well. The Key West Museum of Art and History focuses on educating locals and visitors on the art, architecture, and history...
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103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
I sat in my lounge under a palm tree and gazed at the beautiful Gulf. I just sighed. The beauty of the Keys is a good reason to visit and most of them produce a languid sense of well being and relaxation. I stayed at the Key Largo Marriott Resort...
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58000 Card Sound Rd, Key Largo, FL 33030, USA
Alabama Jack's is a well known shack on the water on Card Sound Road in Key Largo that serves a good lunch. It is in the middle of nowhere just north of the toll bridge. Alabama Jack's is a great place for lunch. It specializes in fresh, fried...
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701 Pauline St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Ironically referred to as 'one of the liveliest spots in Key West,' this cemetery, dating from 1847, is full of character. Located in the 'dead center' of Key West in Old Town, its main gates open at the corner of Margaret and Angela streets....
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201 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

No place is quite as synonymous with the Key West spirit as Sloppy Joe’s, which has been around since 1933 and was a regular hangout for Ernest Hemingway; the bar even hosts an annual Papa look-alike contest, with white-bearded men competing...

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1805 Staples Ave Suite 101, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Conch Tour Train is a very popular attraction in Key West. Since 1958, this company has taken visitors on tours of the town. You will see Mallory Square, the Wrecker's Museum, the Aquarium, the Harry Truman Little White House, Mel Fisher's...
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Whitehead St & South Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Southernmost Point buoy, at the corner of Whitehead Street and South Street, marks not only the spot for the southernmost point of the continental United States but also the distance (90 miles) to the next country, Cuba. The...
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2 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Fury offers several water sports packages for the Keys. I chose the parasailing, jet skiing, and snorkeling package. For about four hours I was in the waters about a mile or two off Key West crashing waves on a jet ski and holding on for my life...
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96 Madeira Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
the menu may be mostly deep fried, the drinks from a machine and the music (cover bands) stuck in the 80s but honestly there is no better place in the upper keys to hang out at sunset time. Go early to get your preferred table on the sand.
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Although I try to walk as much as possible when traveling, sometimes I just want to sit back, give my feet a break, recharge, and take in the sights. For this kind of rejuvenating experience in Key West take the Old Town Trolley tour. Specialty...
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61 Hawks Cay Blvd, Duck Key, FL 33050, USA
You don't have to go far to find fun at Hawks Cay, nor do you have to go far to relax by the water there. The resort, which takes up much of tiny Duck Key, is known for its lagoon, five pools (including one reserved for adults and...
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28500 Overseas Hwy, Little Torch Key, FL 33042, USA
"Some of the world's finest cuisine can be experienced in the Palm Island resort’s Dining Room. Lead by Executive Chef Luis Pous and his culinary team have been recently recognized as the Best Hotel Dining in Florida and Number Three in the US by...
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1 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Shipwreck Museum transports visitors back to 1856, when the young city's port had more than 100 ships passing through daily. Because of the coral reefs, shipwrecks were common at the time and salvage...
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2801 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Key West is tiny -- only 42 miles-- so just about every location is a good one. Parrot Key Resort lured me in with photos of bright blue Adirondack chairs on peaceful balconies and secluded swimming pools surrounded by greenery and art...
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1200 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, USA
No Name Harbor provided calm, and secret, waters to pirates darting around the Florida Keys. Now it provides safe harbor to pricey yachts and lowly jet skis darting around Miami. Boater’s Grill provides Cuban fare with a luxury view no matter how...
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530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Sarabeth's restaurant is a local favorite, loved for its unique breakfast offerings. From lemon ricotta pancakes to pumpkin waffles, there's sure to be something on their menu that you haven't seen before! Some of their most popular breakfast...
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400 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

Key West is billed as "the Home of the Sunset," which means every time the sun sinks below the horizon, it’s time for a party. Since the 1960s, Mallory Square’s dock has been hosting this nightly celebration, which begins two hours...

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516 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The San Carlos Institute was founded in 1871 by Cuban exiles who came to Key West to campaign for Cuba's freedom from Spain. The original building was elsewhere and burned to the ground. The present building was erected in 1890. The interior was...
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John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park in Key Largo is popular among the diving and snorkeling crowd, with good reason. The first undersea park in the United States boasts a pale-white sunken algae-coated statue of Jesus Christ with outstretched...
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231 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
This authentic Key West restaurant prides itself on their ceviche prepared in the traditional Peruvian style. With spectacular views of the water the ambiance of this restaurant is surpassed only by its delicious menu. Be sure to stop by on Monday...
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601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Chances are that when you return home after your trip to Key West, someone will ask you if you went to the Green Parrot. It's that kind of iconic bar, the kind your parents' friends ended up at over spring break in college long ago. The...
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602 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Voted the #1 shop in Key West on Trip Advisor Peppers has hundreds of different hot sauces to take home as the ultimate Key West souvenir. Ranging in heat from mild to 'weapons grade' there is a flavor suited to anyone who loves to use this...
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400 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Hog's Breath Saloon on the corner of Duval and Front Street in the heart of Old Key West has been in business since 1988. The Saloon was a hit from the day it opened. It's a place to enjoy lunch or relax after a day of swimming, fishing, or...
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103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
I was staying in Key Largo at the Marriott Resort. While relaxing on the beach under a large palm tree's fronds that swayed in the breeze, I noticed a movement on the sand near the mangroves. A few seconds later a large green iguana emerged and...
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99701 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
I have watched the movie "Key Largo" several times. It was filmed in Key Largo, the Florida Keys. Its hero was Humphrey Bogart and it was released in 1948. Another Bogart favorite of mine is "The African Queen" released in 1952. Both films were...
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81600 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
The Morada Bay Beach Cafe on the bay side of Islamorada is the perfect spot for a Keys lunch. Colorful chairs and tables dot the beach; the food is excellent and the restaurant regularly receives fantastic reviews. Try the Wagyu beef burger. It is...
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301 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Part restaurant, part historical site, and part brewery, this spot is as diverse as the people who love it. Kelly's is located in the original Pan American Airways office and is home to a local writers library. While dining there be sure to try...
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8311, 111 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
This wood house was originally intended as officers' housing on the island's naval base, but became famous as the Little White House when Harry S. Truman used it as a base of operations for several extended stays during his...
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97702 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
The drive from Miami to Key Largo was as smooth as the second movement of a Mozart symphony. As we drove on the peaceful almost traffic-less Highway 1 at midnight, I could imagine what a beautiful place this would look like during the day. For...
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90691 Old Hwy, Tavernier, FL 33070, USA
restaurants in the Florida Keys can be hit or miss (mostly miss) but there are a few worth getting off Highway #1 for. Made 2 Order is one such place. Open only for breakfast and lunch daily, In the know locals, snowbirds and tourists make sure to...
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97860 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
Built in the 1930s as a conch house, Ballyhoo's is open today as a tropical roadhouse... with a very gourmet flair. Famous for stone crab, oysters and fresh fish caught locally, the restaurant is one of those places that should go to the top of...
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410 Wall St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Family owned since 1986 Pepe's is the best spot in Key West for authentic Cuban cuisine. Every night at sunset the Caribe of Key West, the only local salsa band, perform. While one of their most popular dishes is the shredded pork with yellow rice...
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88000 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
Since the late '60's, this gourmet seafood restaurant has been a popular spot and a tradition in Islamorada. One reason is the well prepared fresh food. Try the yellowtail snapper or the mahi-mahi. The prime steaks are delicious, too. Another big...
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Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
This big iguana walked along the beach as though he owned it. He looked for fruit that fell from the trees along the beach. He seemed to really be enjoying this piece. This iguana and several others apparently live in the mangroves that grow at...
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528 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Launched in 2006, this bar boasts over 150 rums and an extensive collection of craft beers. Known most for its bar selection, Rum Barrel also offers many classic American dishes like Philly cheese steak and flatbread pizza. Be sure to check out...
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123 Beach Rd, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
Moorings Village has a setting out of an island fantasy, stretched along one of the largest private beaches in the Keys, with more than 1,000 coconut palms shading its 18 guest villas. After a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, the resort reopened in...
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322 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Be a part of history and go see the oldest house in South Florida, which was built in 1829.
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81801 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
Cheeca Lodge manages to be upscale and relaxed at the same time. This duality is perhaps best embodied in Cheeca’s flagship restaurant Atlantic’s Edge, which offers a refreshed take on island cuisine (like the roasted red snapper with...
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202 William St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Voted best locals bar six years in a row Schooner Wharf is the quintessential Key West bar. Its relaxing atmosphere and nightly live music make it the perfect place to dock your boat at and have a few drinks. Be sure to try their Schooner...
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200 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA

This museum showcases treasures from 17th- and 18th-century European and English shipwrecks discovered in the waters around Key West. Artifacts include navigational instruments, armaments, silver and gold ingots, cannons and shackles from slave...

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6505, 115 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Bagatelle combines an upscale dining experience with a relaxed, beach attitude. The lounge, which is open from 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., also serves brunch and dinner. Menu favorites include the bananas foster french toast and the ahi tuna. Don't...
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500 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
No trip to Key West would be complete without stopping for a drink at the famous Jimmy Buffett Margaritaville. Prepare to relax, enjoy great food, and soak in the laid-back Key West mentality. You can opt for one of their popular cheeseburgers in...
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Cow Key, Stock Island, FL 33040, USA
Just a little yoga on the board as I paddled my way through the mangroves surrounding the keys.
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284 Margaret St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Relaxed atmosphere and great coffee, breakfast all day and plenty of Cuban sandwiches and the like.
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830 Eaton St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Full service bike shop with a massive fleet of cruisers and hybrids for rent, plus a colorful assortment of accessories and more for locals. Rentals come with lights, locks and helmets and our Cannondale hybrids were basically brand new and worked...