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Recent Key West reviews

  • Coolest spot on the island

    "We loved the Chicken Coop! Our favorite was to spend the mornings & afternoon on the huge balcony which naturally got a cool breeze being on the 4th floor and the view was gorgeous. Literally seemed to be the coolest spot on the island. The adorable adobe tiles throughout kept everything comfy, the elevator made getting in & out super easy, Tom supplied the necessities (soap, shampoo) so we weren't stuck if we forgot something, kitchen was beautifully appointed. The location isn't near the center of town, which made it so peaceful, it's a small island so walking was doable. The best way to get around town was to rent bikes, fun & economical! AND THE FISHING!!! WOW! We caught 35 mahi mahi between the 3 of us fishermen. The pool with it's own little beach was delightful. We loved this little spot so much, we are definitely planning a trip back."
    Guest: Julie & Alfons Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 17, 2015
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  • Key West

    "Great place to stay."
    Guest: Kyle R. Date of Stay: May 2015 Review Submitted: May 10, 2015
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  • Awesome sunsets!

    "This was our first time staying in a condo when visiting Key West and it will not be our last. The view from the large deck was awesome. The location of the condo was perfect. We were a few steps away from Duval, but yet secluded enough to allow for relaxation time in a private setting. Everything we needed and more was right at our finger tips. Our previous stays were very nice in hotels (Pier House, Ocean Key, Southernmost), but this was far better. We would definitely stay at this condo again."
    Guest: Buckeye Sun Lovers Date of Stay: April 2015 Review Submitted: April 19, 2015
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  • Best location! We loved every minute of our stay in Blue Lagoon!

    "We spent 10 glorious days in this wonderful home. The photos do not show many of the updates, and the home was extremely well equipped. Our daughters and their husbands were there for 5 nights, and we never once felt crowded. They rented bikes and rode everywhere! The last day, my husband and I borrowed the bikes, and we followed the bike trail around the entire island. We felt like kids again. We spent lots of time at Fort Zach, and made the short stroll to sunset every night. Nancy Hunt, the property manager, was very easy to reach, and went above and beyond to ensure our stay was everything we hoped for. We highly recommend Blue Lagoon, and hope to return!"
    Guest: Sharon Lewin C. Date of Stay: February 2015 Review Submitted: March 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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