3 Days in Key West
If you were somehow transported instantly to Key West you could be forgiven for thinking that you were in some town in the Bahamas. Market stalls, streets lined with palm trees and chickens scratching in the dust.
It is one of those places that makes you instantly slow down and forget all the cares of a normal life. We hastened this process by arriving just in time for lunch and a couple of Angry Orchard ciders!
There is plenty to see here including Earnest Hemmingway’s house, the Marina and the Southernmost Point. Much of the town is walkable if you are centrally based, otherwise you can easily hire bikes.
We took the Conch Train, which is a great way to get your bearings, take in all the sights in one go and get some commentary from a local. We then walked back to the places where we wanted to spend more time.
Whatever you do during the day, you must make sure that you have the perfect spot to watch Key West’s spectacular sunsets. The most popular choice is Mallory Square, with it’s lively street performers, but I would highly recommend the sunset trip on the schooner America 2.0
A stroll along Duval Street is high on most peoples tick-list and whilst it is not, I think, the eye-opener that it once was, it is a nice mixture of shops and bars, and has some galleries that are worth a visit. Certainly worth a stroll after dinner, as is the waterfront and Marina.
Where to Stay
We can highly recommend Merlin Guesthouse. We were in Room 22, which was airy and spacious with a small kitchen area. The guest house has an outdoor jacuzzi pool and shaded seating area where breakfast is served. Extremely friendly staff.
Where to Eat
“Off the Hook” Grill on Simonton Street – excellent home cooking and has gluten free pizza
Half Shell Raw Bar & Seafood Market along the Harbour Walk has a varied menu, fabulous outlook onto the Marina and also a shop so you can take out food to cook for supper.
If you have saved room for dessert then stop in at the Key Lime Shoppe, which has key Lime everything (Key Lime salsa, Key Lime chutney, Key Lime tea…) including the essential Key Lime Pie, which they also do Gluten Free.
if you have enjoyed reading this, please read my blog “Florida Keys Sunsets“