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Key West Basics

Key West

Photo by Andy Newman at Florida Keys News Bureau

Key West is located at the southern tip of a chain of islands called the Florida Keys that are connected to the mainland of Florida by a series of bridges. It’s no surprise then that the island is known as the Southernmost City of the United States and is closer in distance to Cuba than Miami.

The winter months are the best time of year to visit Key West as the temperatures are mild (they hover around the mid 70s) and the town is in full swing. Summer months are also nice as things move slowly (if you can bear the heat and humidity in this tropical climate).

A great way to spend the day in Key West is to start by renting a bike from one of the local bike shops. Most will transport the bike to you, so you can begin sightseeing right away. In fact, locals prefer bikes to cars in Key West as the island is small and parking is scarce. There is ample bike parking everywhere on the island and the taxis even have bike racks built in if you find yourself indulging during happy hour later in the day.

After you retrieve your bike, grab a picnic lunch from the many gourmet options at Fausto’s, then ride southward to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and take advantage of Key West’s warm waters. Snorkel, swim and sunbathe, then bike back to Duval Street and explore the quirky shops, restaurants and bars. Don’t forget to stop into the Hemingway Home, take a tour and meet the six-toed cats that reside at Papa’s former pad. After a long day, locals head to the Afterdeck at Louie’s Backyard to celebrate the sunset in style then dance the night away to a local band at the Green Parrot. However you spend your day, you’ll find that it isn’t hard to adjust to island time in Key West.

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