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Recent Key West reviews

  • Amazing Property !!!

    "We LOVED the Zen Garden... arrived in town & picked up our keys from the rental agent... we proceed to the property & was glad to find an assigned spot in a covered garage; we drove from Miami but to those who fly into local airport a car is not necessary ; if you like to ride bicycles ( the perfect Key West means of transportation ). The ever popular Duvall st is about a mile away; which we preferred ... you can still have the craziness of Key West but it is not in your face 24/7. The properties pool & hot tub is great and you are an 1/8 of a mile to one of 2 great local beaches with chair rental ( $10 a day ) . The pool area has BBQ to use if desired... The unit has 2 comfortable bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms; full size kitchen & washer and dryer major PLUS... Awesome deck with table & 2 lounge chairs top off the unit... Quiet part of town on the ocean was perfect for us... their is a huge Publics Supermarket on the way into town for food & cocktails if needed..."
    Guest: Wanta Be California Kid Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 16, 2015
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  • Girls vacation!!

    "The place was what we wanted and then some. The condo was spotless. Everything worked perfectly - we even manged to ride bikes to the CVS one morning - haven't been on bikes in years...was a blast!! Pool was amazing..this is the place to be if you want to visit Key West. I suggest checking out all the coupons in condo before doing some outings..there are lots!! Cabs ran about $6.00 a person one way - with limited parking near Duval and drinking of adult beverages this was the best decision for us girls. Thank you again...LOVE IT!!"
    Guest: Amazing!!! Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 28, 2015
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  • Perfect Escape From The Polar Vortex

    "This Key West getaway condo is a wonderful escape from the freezing temperatures of the northeast. I was here once before and noticed this time that there is a beautiful new ceramic tile floor which gives a bright airy feeling to the place! l loved also that the beach was right across the street, and from Key West by the Sea I could bike to most anywhere on island. The kitchen had everything I needed to prepare meals and after dinner on warm evenings it was great to be able to cool off with a refreshing dip in the pool which is just a three minute walk from the apt. It feels like heaven to wake up in the morning and walk through the lovely flowers and garden that surround the pool area. It's very convenient and easy to get around this complex with their elevators and push carts for luggage, groceries, and laundry. The location is very nice - only a quick trip to downtown by car, bus,or bike, but far enough away if you want to retreat from the hustle bustle of the main drag. Great place for adventure or total R&R. Only wish I could have stayed longer!"
    Guest: Sue Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: March 28, 2015
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  • Best Key West Experience on Beautiful & Private Sunset Key!

    "This was our 6th stay in Key West and by far the best one yet. We always rent a private home and this was the most comfortable and best maintained home we have rented. The location is fantastic, situated on a private island which is located 5 minutes from Key West. (Via private ferry ride). The island has 70 private residences and the Westin Cottages, Spa and Latitude's restaurant and bar (Serves breakfast, lunch & dinner). This home shares a private pool with about 10 other homes. We rarely ran into anyone at the pool. There is also a very large pool and bar at the Westin that you have access to. There is access a white sand private beach. It is the best place to watch the gorgeous sunsets. The home is very well equipped. It has two bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths (Master has awesome custom shower), gourmet kitchen, great room, main level wrap around porch, 2nd floor porch with hammock, and covered roof top deck (perfect for watching the amazing sunrises and the action at the Port of Key West). The owner and property manager are extremely professional, organized and courteous. Communication was easy, with them. They arranged a cleaning person to come in half way through our stay, which I would recommend. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay here and plan to return."
    Guest: MplsMichelle Date of Stay: December 2014 Review Submitted: January 6, 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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