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Recent Key West reviews

  • Island Bound

    "This was our second year, staying at Island Bound, the home is very comfortable, with everything you need. We enjoyed our stay, so much. This home is located within walking distance to everything . The owners, Bill and Linda , are wonderful people. M.Rowe"
    Guest: Cape May Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 9, 2015
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  • Relaxation At Its Finest!!!

    "Thank you so much Tom for being an amazing rental host and opening up your home to the public. Your home is beautiful, very accommodating with so many amenities and you are very very generous with all the extras.... Soap,shampoo,detergent,paper products ect! I have never taken the time to write a review before, yet have stayed in many places throughout the world for both business and travel. I want your readers to know your home is completely turnkey, fully stocked, close to so many wonderful restuarants, easy in and out for car moped or bike, fabulous Jacuzzi and heated pool, tennis options for the varying ages for the teens and husband and spectacular views of the ocean and Hawaii like trade winds from your fabulous veranda especially in the quite morning hours! As an owner myself of a rental vacation home for many years I am telling your readers they won't find a more reasonably priced and so inviting in the Keys to rent and relax than Toms Parrot Perch. Thank you and Happy New Year!"
    Guest: Susan Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: January 2, 2015
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  • Beautiful and Stress Free

    "Stayed in this lovely condo in The Banyan for R&R with my husband. Location was perfect--great restaurants and bars are just a short walk away, but somehow it stayed quiet and peaceful inside the resort. Walkable to just about everything including a great beach at Fort Zachary Taylor Park, however, the Banyan itself was a great place to just hang out, too. The banyan trees themselves are truly spectacular! This particular unit has a private porch nestled in this mini tropical paradise, we ate breakfast out there every day before hitting the Key West attractions. Kitchen was well equipped for preparing simple meals. Overall, really comfortable, attractive, stress-free lodging, we highly recommend!"
    Guest: Boston RN Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 11, 2015
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  • Paradise

    "Rating Details: I was very satisfied with the condition of the vacation rental. I was very happy with the location. The vacation rental was spotless. The property manager was very helpful. Overall, I recommend this vacation rental. Reviewer Comments: The house was perfect and the outside area wonderful. It was immaculate right though and the outside maintained beautifly .we cooked in a few times and there was plenty of utensils and an outdoor grill, all in all the house was perfect."
    Guest: David P. Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 7, 2015
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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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