Key West Craziness
There are very few places in the world, that are SO UNIQUE that the leave an impression on you… from the minute you land, get out of the car, or step on the dock…. but Key West is absolutely one of them.
Almost from the beginning of your Key West adventure (and believe us, it will be an adventure), you feel like you are being sucked deeper and deeper into an alternate universe… and you can’t help, but like it. We road tripped to Key West, from Fort Lauderdale and it was well worth the drive. FYI – the drive, including the stretch between each key and over 7 Mile Bridge is said to be one of the most beautiful in the country… and we agree.
There is so much to say, about this tiny little island, but we decided that it would be best served as a Top 10 List. However, don’t sell Key West short. Although it is a great day trip / over-night, you could easily spend several days exploring all of its magic and getting to know the locals better (lovingly referred to as Conchs).
The Sunset Festival at Mallory Square: The Sunset Festival at Mallory Square: Key West (also known as The Conch Republic) is “The Home of the Sunset” and it has earned its title. Join the locals, visitors and street performers (daily at dusk) just beyond the parking lot at Mallory Square and watch / celebrate the sun setting over the water. A truly breath taking experience and the best part about it… it’s free.
Hop On, Hop Off Trolley Tour: A fun way to see the ENTIRE island, and we do mean the entire island, while a tour guide gives you the inside scoop on all of the ins and outs… that you are sure to otherwise miss.
Pepitos: What a pleasant surprise! This truly authentic Cuban Cuisine will leave you BUSTING at the seams because you won’t be able to stop yourself from eating everything! And whatever you do, don’t forget to order a Cordito!!! It’s like lightening in a very tiny cup!!!
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie: You can’t go to Key West, home of the Key Lime Pie (and Key Lime Pie on a Stick, LOL, we aren’t kidding) and not have a slice! None of us are really Key Lime Pie fans, but Kermit’s made us believers! Best part about it, is that they can overnight a pie (anywhere in the country) for you!!! Oh, and try the fudge!
Pepper’s of Key West: Whether you are a foodie, or not… stop in at Pepper’s! Free Tastings and the biggest selection of Hot Sauces and of locally made and in house creations! Pepper’s is the spot to up your hot sauce / marinade / seasoning game!
Margaritaville: Ok Ok, we know… there are Margaritaville’s all over the country, BUT…. this is the ORIGINAL one where Jimmy Buffet started his career, playing for tips. You can feel the vibe, before you smell the food! Check it out.
The Little White House: Still very much an actively guarded (by the Secret Service) Presidential retreat, it is open to the public and you can tour the residence when you visit for a fee, or check out two of the rooms on the main floor for FREE.
The Old Key West Cemetery: Yes, it’s beautiful… in a creepy cemetery type of way, but the reason that this spot is a MUST SEE is because of the tombstone captions that would make an EXCELLENT free souvenir (if you took the time to do a rubbing). Only in Key West can you find epitaphs, that read, “I told you I was sick,” “He Loved Bacon,” or “I’m Just Resting My Eyes.”
The Southern Most Point: Which technically isn’t really the Southern Most Point (the Naval Base in the background is), but it’s as close as you can get. Most interesting fact, when you’re at the marker… you are closer to Cuba, than you are to the nearest Walmart, or Miami!
Statues / Art of Key West: All over the island, you will find different pieces of art randomly displayed (but nowhere as prominently as in front of the Customs Building). They are awkward, fun, nonsensical, and capture the craziness that IS Key West.
Plus 3 Bonus Tips!
Parking On the Move: If you’re driving in… you can pay for parking for the entire day in one location (let’s say, Mallory Square) and later on drive over to the Southern Most Point (and park to take some selfies) and as long as you keep your receipt in the window… you don’t have to pay again!
Conch Fritters: Yet another local delicacy that you must try! Be brave, it’s worth it. If you miss your opportunity, you will regret it, TRUST US!
People Watching: This is so worth the time you will spend doing it. The eclectic diverse population of Key West is one to be admired!