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Recent Key West reviews

  • 4 ladies getaway

    "We absolutely loved the Mermaid House. We had four ladies and we fit just fine, the outside shower and an afternoon in the hammock is a must. We rented bikes and parked the car for the entire time. We love Dave, who helped out tremendously with getting situated, and the thoughtfulness of the maps, tour guides, condiments and extras. We all agreed this was the best vacation we have ever taken, I am already looking to book time next year. Thank you Barbara!"
    Guest: Nano S. Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 21, 2015
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  • The perfect location for a perfect vacation!

    "We spent a week in Key West with two other couples. We've been in Key West before but it was the first visit for the other two couples. The location of the Duval Penthouse was amazing! We could walk everywhere. It had so much space...inside AND OUTSIDE! The rooftop deck, outside dining space, multiple sitting spaces...INCREDIBLE! The balcony off the master bedroom made for the BEST people watching! The private pool was awesome too! The master bedroom is right on Duval and IS very loud (w/Willy T's next door) but there were earplugs in the kitchen & they really did the job! Plus, you could enjoy the music of Willy T's, sitting on any deck, hanging out sitting very comfortably without the large crowd at the bar. The place was so clean & everything was easy to find. It made our vacation better than we had hoped! Mark & Gail were easy to get a hold of and so helpful through the entire renting process. I would highly recommend, not only THIS property, but ANY of the properties the company manages! Key West is like Springbreak for Adults...anytime of year!"
    Guest: Karen S. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 2, 2015
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  • Wonderful in many ways!

    "We loved staying here, the condo was exactly as described. Beautiful, very clean & furnished with everything we needed. Hated to leave there to come home. Very peaceful, quiet and relaxing yet very close to downtown Key West. We loved spending time in Key West but in a few minutes were back to the tranquility of the condo location, best of both worlds! The hot tub and pool were both great also. Would stay there again in a heartbeat! The property management company was very easy to work with, very accommodating and helpful. Highly recommend!"
    Guest: Wanda D. Date of Stay: March 2015 Review Submitted: March 29, 2015
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  • Quaint Little Facade Belies Spacious ...

    "Rating Details: I was more than 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: Quaint Little Facade Belies Spacious Conteporary Interior What at first glance appears to be a pair of narrow Conch "shotgun" houses reveals itself to be a large, sun-filled, contemporary Key West home. We found everything to be just as pictured, some things even better. For example, there are actually four lounge chairs on the back deck, not just one, and the patio table has a large umbrella. We were pleasantly surprised when we illuminated the pool at night - the underwater lighting makes the pool glow an other-worldly royal blue! You can't tell from the photos, but each of the three bedrooms has a chest of drawers, and there's a hall chest too. The house is located on a corner with ample parking. Bayview Park, with its picturesque gazebo, is just around the corner. Every other week there's a Farmer's and Artisan's Green Market held there. If you stay for a month, we'd recommend that you subscribe to home delivery of the daily Key West Citizen newspaper, $12.00/mo. That way you can learn about what's going on all over town - events, parades, shows, movies, history reenactments, live music, fishing tournaments, art walks, and Saturday garage sales complete with locations pinpointed on a map. Rent Key West Vacations is an excellent property management company. The people are SO nice, and they take care of every possible little detail. If we could make just one recommendation to the homeowners, it would be that a few more of the windows might benefit from window shades, especially the central front doors, for privacy at night and to block out hot sun during the day. For Key West nightlife we especially enjoyed cabaret shows at the La te da: Randy Roberts Live! and Christopher Peterson's Eyecons (female impersonators). Our favorite beach was at Fort Zachary Taylor Park - their web site has a live web cam so you can check it out. And we all greatly enjoyed the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory. If you decide to stay at Eliza's Jewell we hope you'll find it to be just as elegant, comfortable, and peaceful as we did."
    Guest: Tom F. Date of Stay: January 2015 Review Submitted: February 17, 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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