• Camp Key West

    Air-conditioned rooms with antique beds in charming, historic inns are always appealing. However, when you’re vacationing on an island, what could be more inviting than sleeping under the stars with Read More
  • Key’s Disease

    You’ve been bitten by the bug and all you can think about is pulling up stakes and moving to paradise. Life would be so much simpler if you lived in Read More
  • B&O’s Fish Wagon

      There’s a dumpy little pile of rubbish on the corners of William and Caroline Streets that could easily be mistaken for a pile of hurricane debris when in fact Read More
  • Better Than Sex

    I’ve never been a big fan of Valentine’s Day because it always seemed too commercial, too forced. I want to walk in the room and find flowers because my husband Read More
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What to Do in Key West


Old Town Trolley

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Key West is famous for its laid-back attitude, endless selection of casual bars and raucous festivals and parties. Beyond its appeal as a coveted vacation destination, our island has also served as an artistic refuge, a presidential retreat, a…

Bareboat Charters in the Florida Keys

If you’re an experienced boater and by that I mean you’re as comfortable in the wheelhouse as you are in a car, you’d rather…

Our Lady of Lourdes

Key West has been hit by more than its fair share of hurricanes. While a number of them caused only minor damage, too many…

Golf Key West

I don’t really understand the game of golf or the allure it seems to hold for so many. Perhaps it’s because I almost killed…

How to Key West


Open Container Law in Key West

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You’ve booked your flight to Key West, found the perfect accommodations and you can’t wait to walk Duval Street with a beer in hand, soaking up the sun and enjoying some quality people watching. Key West is one of those magical destinations that…

The Manatees

If you’ve ever had the extreme pleasure of seeing a manatee in its natural habitat then you already know what beautiful…
Key West Vagrant

Homeless in Paradise

If you come to Key West looking for cloying sentiment and valentine platitudes, you may be in for a big surprise. Especially…

What is Body Paint?

Happily looking forward to a "golden age" during his 16th-century papacy, Pope Leo X ordered a Florentine youngster be…

Key Wested: Key West History

Key West Firehouse Museum

I grew up surrounded by uncles and cousins who were in the Fire Service. One of my uncles…

Key Lime Pie; A Surprisingly Rich History

Chicago is known for deep dish and hot dogs, Philadelphia for its cheese steak. Just like…

Fort Zachary Taylor

Construction on Key West’s Fort Zachary Taylor began in 1845, shortly after Florida was…

The Great Fire of 1886

Entrenched in revolution with Cuba in the late 1880’s, the Spanish Empire was well aware…