Things to Like About Key West, FL

I was just snooping through my things, and found these old photographs I took on a holiday in Key West, Florida, a few years back. It made me want to write about this quirky and oddball little town at the tip of the Keys, which I found very charming and annoying at the same time.

 

There’s the side of Key West with the loud boozy bars and the masquerades. Lit with multi-coloured light bulbs and filled with tackiness for the Fantasy Fest and the Christmas Parade, this side of the town is great for many, but not my cup of tea.

Then there’s the sleepy, sun-faded and kitten strewn Key West, off the side of Duval Street. Here you will find those rickety wooden porches, sweet little boutiques and empty houses, those few spots to eat at that feel like someone’s backyard. This was the Key West I had dreamed of, the one that gave you a taste of times gone by. 

In the few days I spent in this little Floridian town, I visited writer Ernest Hemingway’s home and stroked his six toed cats. I also strolled past an eerie abandoned amusement park on my way to Fort Zachary Taylor Beach (the closest you will find to a beach in this holiday town) and I marvelled at the delightful knickknacks and girly trinkets sold at Besame Mucho. I watched a few flicks at the vintage inspired Tropic Cinema. I enjoyed a delicious homely meal and some live music in the backyard at Blue Heaven and savoured some crisp salads and classics at Sarabeth’s

Sure it might not be to everyone’s taste, but to me Key West ended up being the perfect place to recharge for a few days whilst kissed by the sun. With no must–see attractions but plenty of oddities, with no tropical beaches but an interesting historical fort, and with no glamorous beach clubs but some homely backyard spots. Key West to me was a breath of warm wind, a hug from your homely but liberal grandmother, a place to visit and contemplate. Somewhere to waste a little time and calm your over stimulated heart.

 

Addresses:

 

EAT

Blue Heaven 

729 Thomas St,

Key West, FL 33040,

United States

 

Sarabeth’s

530 Simonton St,

Key West, FL 33040,

United States

 
 

PLAY

 Fort Zachary Taylor

Key West, FL 33040,

United States

 

 

Tropic Cinema

 416 Eaton St, Key West,

FL 33040, United States

 
 

SHOP

Besame Mucho

315 Petronia St,

Key West, FL 33040,

United States

 
 

VISIT

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

907 Whitehead St,

Key West, FL 33040,

United States