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Recent Key West reviews

  • Our best stay in Key West yet!

    "Our last trip to Key West was two years ago and we stayed at the Hyatt, which we enjoyed. However, we enjoyed our stay at this Truman Annex townhouse even more. The townhouse is beautifully decorated and is on a lovely, quiet street. It's about two buildings down from the Truman Whitehouse. Its hard to imagine that the activity of Duval street and Mallory Square are just a few steps away, since the neighborhood is so quiet. We loved eating some of our meals on the unit's peaceful, shady porch. The unit is also just a short walk to the boat launch for Latitudes Restaurant on Sunset Key, which is a must. We had a car, but rarely used it since we could walk to most restaurants, Eaton Street Fish Market, and Fausto's grocery store. We hope to return."
    Guest: Suzanne C. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 14, 2015
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  • Fabulous location - ideal rental for group of travelers

    "This rental was perfect for our girls weekend get-away. The location can't be beat - just blocks to Duval St, the Southernmost point, and the sunset celebration. This wonderful, quaint house is tucked away in the back of Eaton St. It is a quiet and serene location which makes it perfect to come home to and hang out in after venturing out. The view of the water is spectacular. We drank coffee on the back patio every morning and watched the cruise ships come in. The pool was small, but a great location during windy times. The fence and landscaping protected the area so we could enjoy they sun. The house was clean and the kitchen was well equipped for cooking when we decided to make meals at the house. Carport also a great feature - nice not to have to worry about parking. It was nice to be so close to everything and be in the gated Truman Annex- very safe feeling. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths on lower level were great. Climbing stairs required for upper level living area and master bedroom would not make this ideal for anyone unable to navigate stairs daily. This is a great rental for a girls get-away weekend or for a family with teens. Location....Location.....Location...ideal!"
    Guest: Deb Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: February 15, 2015
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  • Best Location in Key West

    "My husband and I were fortunate this winter to spend ten days at Southernmost Studio. I found our 5 Star Studio on VRBO. I was hoping that the studio would be as nice as described but it was better than either one of us ever anticipated. We were afraid that being a studio it would be rather small. However, it was very spacious. We were within close walking distance of many restaurants on Duvall Street and the surrounding area yet our neighborhood was very quiet. Our patio was directly on the beach and every evening we would sit and have a glass of wine as the sun set. At night we could fall asleep listening to the waves..Bicycles were available that we rode daily around the island. It was so nice we are planning on returning next year."
    Guest: Beach lover Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 18, 2015
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  • Key West 1st visit

    "There were 6 adults. It was a very clean and served our purpose for 3 days? Yes I would return to the Cubian. WiFi did not work. Called and instantly received a call back. Right on Duval Street. Unit upstairs and huge front deck. Would return again! Highly recommend!🌴☀️"
    Guest: Linda S. Date of Stay: November 2014 Review Submitted: December 7, 2014
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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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