Life was calling for a little island adventure. Nestled in Florida's southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba, is a little island called Key West. As a Miami native, this a vacation hotspot for most Flordians, and one that I've visited numerous of times since I was five years old.
I was ecstatic when I found out the cruise I was going on made a pitstop here. With much experience traveling in and out of this relaxing mellow little island I decided to make the most the time I had here and visit some of my favorite places as well as discover some new ones.
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- Mallory Square: This waterfront square is filled with unique local stores and markets perfect for grabbing a souvenir or two to take back home. Pro tip: This is a sunset hotspot! Grab a bit to eat for an early dinner at Red Fish Blue Fish, and then make your way down to Mallory Square to see the square come to life at sunset.
- Blue Heaven: A local's favorite little spot for some Floridian-Caribbean cuisine and Key West's famous key lime pie. This funky unique restaurant feels like a world of it's own when you enter. The corky Caribbean atmosphere makes for a good time with live music bands and great food!
- Fort Zackery Taylor Historic Park: Civil War-era meets beach oasis. If your into history and beaches this place has you written all over it. This state park is located near the southern tip of Key West with a ton of history and crystal clear water. Walk through the fort and learn a little history, but come prepared for a beach day. After a few hours in the sun you are going to want to jump in the ocean.
- Duval Street: What's not to love about this lively little downtown strip. Duval Street is filled with some of Key West most popular shops, restaurants, and bars. We'll talk a little more about our favorite Duval Street stop in our next bullet!
- Sloppy Joe's Bar: Open since 1933, and better known as Hemmingway's favorite bar in Key West, Sloppy Joe's is the place to be. The combination of the food, drinks, and live music combined with the good spirits of locals and tourist make this spot an ideal destination for an all Key West experience.
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- Hemmingway House: The residence of author Ernest Hemming is now home to his historic museum, as well as at least twenty-seven of the cutest spoiled cats you've ever seen. As beautiful as the house is I have to admit my favorite part was getting to play around with the cats wandering around the premises.
- Cuban Queen Coffee: Your morning go-to spot! Make sure to stop at least once by this funky little Cuban cuisine window to grab a tasty Cuban coffee and croquetas.
- Key West Aquarium: Located in Mallory Square is Key West's famous and only public aquarium. Still persevered from it's 1935 structure this little aquarium stores history along with eight different exhibits including a touch tank!
- Southernmost Point: Located at the southernmost point in the continental United States is Key West's most iconic photo op. Pro-tip: If you want a photo the earlier you arrive the better!
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