There are two ways I like to explore a new destination. One is by researching the new city inside and out before we go to make sure we don’t miss out on one single, exciting detail. And the other is by exploring a place blind, with a clean slate…no research, no preconceived notions or perceptions. Both ways can equip you with the knowledge you need to appreciate a new city, but the latter, I’ve found, reveals and speaks more than I could have ever imagined. Enter Key West.
Like all good weekend getaways, the small island of Key West is perfect for spending a few days to relax and enjoy the sunshine, food and culture. There’s much to explore on the small island (it’s only 4 miles long and 2 miles wide); it is a hot spot for water sports and nightlife. Spend your days on the water snorkeling on the many reefs off the coast or retrace the steps of the ghosts of famous residents past, including Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams. When the sun sets, head to Duval Street, the most well-known street on the island, to find fresh seafood, dive bars and music that will keep you entertained well after the sun sets. See the full Key West photo album.
↓ Tuna and crab salad, Mangoes
↓ Palm tree, Smathers Beach
↓ Best. Key Lime Pie. Ever. Mangoes
↓ Gulf of Mexico ocean view, aboard the Subtropic dive boat
↓ Famous roaming chickens, Duval Street
↓ Sautéed Snapper Sandwich, Mangoes
↓ Local wildlife
↓ Famous Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory
↓ Bahama Village, Petronia Street
↓ The Southernmost Point
↓ Sailboats off the coast