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Recent Key West reviews

  • 40th anniversary trip

    "We stayed at this condo for a week to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary. The condo is beautiful and comfortable and is very close to all the activities in Key West. Our favorite day was going on a Danger Sunset Wine Cruise! Such FUN with great people. We ate breakfast on the deck and usually ended the night on the deck. Beautiful scenery!"
    Guest: Susan C. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 4, 2014
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  • First timers

    "This was the first time we ever stayed on a boat. The Aria was the place to have that first experience. For our group it was an adventure mixed with a vacation. Capt. Mark really was the man of the hour. He answered every question and gave us insight on how the boat works. The sunset cruise was great. Yes, I would do it again but next time I think we would like to go out to sea for the 4 hour sail. Thank you Capt. Mark."
    Guest: Bob M. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 31, 2014
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  • Perfect!

    "My husband and I have been renting from Donna and Steve for several years. This condo is perfect, especially with the new washer and dryer! It's close to everything but far enough away from the noise and crowds. The condo is in a gated community with 24 hour security. We love the pool and enjoy relaxing on the back deck. The owners are great to work with, always willing to do what it takes to make your stay memorable. We'll be back!"
    Guest: Rennae M. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: November 14, 2014
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  • Perfect

    "This condo was perfect for 2 couples. The layout for condo-with each of us having our own bath, was perfect for getting ready for a wedding. The price was outstanding for the 2 bedroom! Large closet & plenty of towels. You will have to drive to town, but worth it because we were all together in this condo. Pool looked lovely & well taken care of, although we didn't get to use it. Don't hesitate to stay here. Thank you for listing this on VRBO."
    Guest: Leslye S. Date of Stay: October 2014 Review Submitted: October 25, 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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