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Recent Key West reviews

  • The Best That Key West Has to Offer

    "We came for five weeks and had a fabulous time. The Ocean View was the best feature of this condo along with a heated pool and superior bedding. The location is right across the street from Smathers Beach so there were choices every day. Four bikes came with the rental which was a definite plus since we biked into Old Town and over to Stock Island - expand your horizons! Highly recommended for a short or long term get away."
    Guest: Regg B Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 6, 2014
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  • Specious and comfy

    "As soon as we walked in the room we automatically loved it the room itself was great although I do have to say Donna has a number of floats for children etc. And the security guard was a total ***hole and didn't allow my kids to use the floaties in the pool which I think it's uncalled for considering the fact that she can't swim and her in a floaty doesn't bother anyone so yea maybe not kid friendly"
    Guest: Marelys R. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 9, 2014
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  • Townhome

    "Owners and Florida contact were very helpful with detailed directions and accommodating to our needs.The home was in a convenient location to everything.The pool was excellent.The only problem we had were the roosters that started calling from midnight till 6am.We were all very sleep deprived.If you don't mind them you will enjoy the place."
    Guest: Brigette M. Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 2, 2014
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  • Great Condo and Location

    "Great Condo. Had a lot more space that pictures show. Great Location right in the middle of everything. Being able to wash clothes was a plus+++ so you do not have to pack much. Beach is a bike ride away as well as the pool is walking distance. Kitchen had every needed if you choose to shop at the local supermarket and save yourself some $$ from eating out daily. Also has a Grill out on the private patio. Property is very well kept. Got to meet the owners Richard & Betsy very nice people. Look forward to booking my trip for next year. Thanks Richard & Betsy."
    Guest: KATHLEEN K. Date of Stay: November 2013 Review Submitted: November 18, 2013
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Key West Travel Tips

Key West is a veritable hot spot for literary icons, both today and in the past. This small Florida island was loved by the likes of playwright Tennessee Williams, and poets Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens and Shel Silverstein.

Today, beloved children’s author Judy Blume keeps a home here, and every January for more than 30 years, writers and readers from around the country gather at the high-profile Key West Literary Seminar - spread over two weekends - for lectures, readings, discussions, workshops and parties. The event has featured the likes of Joyce Carol Oates, Junot Diaz and Gore Vidal.

Key West should be high on the list of travel locations for any literary lover and creative soul because of its deep history in extraordinary American literature. Ernest Hemingway even kept a fabulous estate in Key West that today has been converted into a museum and bookstore. Visit the beautiful and historic Ernest Hemingway Home and then check out some of the writer's rumored favorite spots.

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Hemingway’s stately, olive-shuttered two-story cottage at 907 Whitehead Street in Old Town Key West is no doubt a visitor favorite. If you’re a die-hard Hemingway fan, you’ll have to brave the crowds and come here.

The home was built in 1851 from limestone excavated from the exact land upon which it is built. Hemingway bought and lived in the estate from 1931 until 1940 with his wife and kids before he left for Cuba. This spectacular estate, which includes a rear guesthouse and is surrounded by elegant gardens and rustling palms, is still the largest residential property in Key West.

You might be surprised to see that the beds are made in full linens and the home looks recently lived in - it’s as if the family just stepped out for lunch and will be home shortly. Here are the highlights you should take note of inside and around Hemingway’s marvelous estate:

The Ritzy Pool

A pool this large - or any pool at all - in 1930s Key West was a luxury. To fill it, construction workers had to drill to the salt-water table deep in the ground and install a water pump. Hemingway’s wife - Pauline - had the costly pool built as a surprise for Hemingway while he was in Spain in 1938 working as a correspondent during the Spanish Civil War.

The Happy Cats

Hemingway’s six-toed cats - or polydactyls - are legendary. Recently uncovered letters from Hemingway to a friend explain just how sad he was at the loss of one of his cats - Willie. The Hemingway Home and Museum curators maintain that each of the 40 to 50 cats on the grounds is a direct descendant of Hemingway’s first cat, a white polydactyl named Snowball (Though they don’t all have six toes on each paw, all are said to carry the gene for polydactyly). The cats living here are very friendly and many will actually pose for pictures. They’re all vetted and well-taken care of - not your average strays!

The Lush Gardens

The Hemingway House gardens are stunning, featuring a vibrant array of tropical flowers - shrimp plants, heliconia, bleeding hearts and the funky looking pelican flower - and banana, Barbados cherry, papaya and Spanish lime trees, among many others.

Other Literary Tour Stops

410 Caroline Street is Jessie Porter’s home - a fifth-generation Key Wester - who was good friends with Robert Frost. He spent several winters in the cottage in Porter’s backyard. The site used to be the Heritage House Museum, though it has been closed since 2010. If you want to see things the iconic Frost saw, at least take a stroll past the home!

Green Parrot Bar and Sloppy Joe’s Bar are rumored to be hangouts of Hemingway and his friends like Wallace Stevens.

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