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102601 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
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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6747 Crandon Blvd, Key Biscayne, FL 33149, USA
Crandon Park’s beautiful two-mile beach on Key Biscayne is known for its pristine sand and calm waters, as well as its mangroves, coastal dunes, and sea grass beds. There’s also an amusement center as well as a nature center where you can see...
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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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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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400 Front St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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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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729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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On a recent trip to Key West a local recommended Blue Heaven to us - what a cool place! The food was delicious but the best part was the atmosphere: outside garden dining with chickens, roosters, and cats roaming freely. Of course we had to top...
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105 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. It is irresistibly tempting to compare distiller Paul Menta to Captain Jack Sparrow. There’s the long, dark hair, the slightly Depp-ish eyes, and yes, a shared love of rum and open sea (Menta’s a...
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429 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. In the land of piña coladas and light beers, The Other Side cocktail lounge is chiseling out new booze territory one ice globe at a time. Drinks, loosely inspired by the Keys, are like nothing else on the...
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1316 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
The Key West Butterfly Conservatory is home to over 50 different species of butterflies. Take a walk along the exotic environment and have fun trying to keep track of all the different birds and butterflies you see along the way. Before you go be...
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Whitehead St & South Street, Key West, FL 33040, USA
Since 1983, at the corner of South St. and Whitehead St. in Key West there has been a huge, concrete buoy that is said to mark the Southernmost Point of the continental United States. From there, Cuba is only about 90 miles away. For years, you...
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58000 Card Sound Rd, Key Largo, FL 33030, USA
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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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511 Greene St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
If you're in Key West and need a quick Key Lime fix, then stop in the Key West Key Lime Pie Co. shop and order up a slice of one of their freshly made pies. After you've eaten, spend some time browsing the store full of key lime-flavored goodies....
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201 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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Since 1937 at the corner of Green & Duval Streets, Sloppy Joe's Bar has been open daily from 9:am - 4 am. There is lively entertainment, lunch, and dinner. The menu is extensive. This famous bar/restaurant is s must stop in Key West. Author and...
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Key West, FL 33040, USA
In no other place have I seen the magnificent shade of teal that is dominent and prominent in Florida, particularly in the south. From Ft. Lauderdale to the end of the road in Key West the color of the water is remarkable and unique, I don't think...
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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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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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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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Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
The sand was soft. The sky was azure blue. The birds were singing. The air was balmy. I could smell the the salt in the sea at the beach. I felt lighthearted and relaxed. I was in Key Largo, the Florida Keys. The Keys are a vacation away from the...
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530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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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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97860 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
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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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455 Grand Bay Dr, Miami, FL 33149, USA
Key Biscayne is a historically rich, tropical barrier island paradise. The Ritz-Calton is a favorite weekend spot for laid-back Floridians. It’s only 15 minutes south of South Beach but seems like a different world in attitude and ambience....
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Key West, FL 33040, USA
Key West is a little laid back city in FL. You can find Ernest Hemingway's house there. The southern Point is only 60 miles away from Cuba.
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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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601 Whitehead St, Key West, FL 33040, USA
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The Green Parrot Bar is legendary in Key West. Having opened in 1890 as a grocery store, it became The Brown Derby Bar that submarine sailors frequented after World War Two. In the 1970s, it was renamed the Green Parrot after it became a hotspot...
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81600 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada, FL 33036, USA
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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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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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61 Hawks Cay Blvd, Duck Key, FL 33050, USA
Most travelers head straight to Key West from Miami. Unlike Lot’s wife, there’s no turning back for many of them —it’s an arrow-straight drive down gorgeous Route 1, past clusters of islands and over the endless, graceful arcs of bridges down to...
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5114 Overseas Hwy, Key West, FL 33040, USA
There's no better way to explore the sea life-rich mangroves around Key West than on a tour with Lazy Dog. My knowledgeable guide taught our group all about non-stinging indigenous jellyfish, colorful sponges, manatee and turtle grass conservation...
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200 Ocean, 36th St, Marathon, FL 33050, USA
FIASCO: It was a trip planned to the Keys for the sole purpose of diving. It was the middle of March, during one of the worst winters that Florida had experienced in a long while. Naively thinking that we'd be able to dive if we drove far enough...
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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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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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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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103800 Overseas Highway, MM 103.8, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
The Key Largo Bay Marriott was our resort of choice to break up the drive from Miami to Key West and it was a pleasant surprise! The resort is beautiful and full of lush plants and fun wildlife. The pool and boardwalk restaurants are highlights,...
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100470 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037, USA
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The pink plastic flamingos at the entrance made it even more enticing to visit. Key Largo Chocolates came highly recommended as the place to get a slice of frozen key lime pie, but it was clear when I visited that I would get far more than that....
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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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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...