When I think of Florida, the usual Sunshine State images come to mind: Disney World, sandy white beaches, Nascar, weird crimes , All-You-Can-Eat buffets, South Beach, outlet malls and of course, more Snowbirds than you can shake a cane at. Having never been to Key West, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I had plenty of time to ponder it on the 4 hour (breathtaking!) drive from Miami to the Southern Most Point in America.
Despite being part of the US, Key West has an undeniable “edge of the world” type feeling to it. Did you know it’s less than 200km to Havana? Pretty cool.
Accommodation: We chose Parrot Key, which is located a bit of out the downtown core, but we simply couldn’t resist the good reviews and stunning pictures of this tranquil, romantic resort. It didn’t disappoint- superb service, mouthwatering cocktails and perfect poolside ambience. Love this place!
Old Town: Duval Street is the main drag of this funky seaside town, but we found most of the worthwhile action was located on the many side streets that make up the dense downtown core. Beautiful marinas and piers await you at every turn, so it’s definitely worth extending your treks to discover each one. The island is a renowned haven for artists, eccentrics and free-roaming chickens (!) that take to the streets to remind you that you’re definitely, certainly far, far from home. The best!
Food: Tropical paradise? Yes! Foodie paradise? No. Like any beach town, the dining options are limited. Expect burgers, fries and tons quasi pub food (try the conch fritters!) and you’ll be a happy (if bloated!) camper.
Beaches: Not a fan of white, powdery, perfect beaches? Stay far away from Key West. This place is perfection! Lots of people watching, beach bars and remote beaches to be discovered. To see the most, rent a bicycle from the many shops around town and get exploring. The whole town can be easily biked in one day- the entirety of Key West is only 19.17km!
Have you been to Key West? What was your favourite discovery?