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Recent Key West Area reviews

  • Wonderful Memories Created

    "I was hesitant to visit KW with little children. It was our first flight with the kids and the only regret was we did not ride our bikes more. This cottage is fully equipped with everyting you need while visiting KW. Centrally and conviently located to everything you need to do but still yet very quiet and secluded for relaxation. Southard Comfort is very well maintained and decorated as described and we are counting the days until we are able to return. We made wonderful memories there and took home the vibe we felt while living in this house. Our children loved being so close to areas we rode our bikes everywhere and we loved our location. The pool and deck transforms you a feeling of paradise. Thank you again for helping us create life long memories of the butterfly museum, aquarium, riding bikes to the library and sunset celebration.. We loved the cuban sandwhiches from down the street at Five Brothers... until we can visit again."
    Guest: Anne Marie Date of Stay: March 2014 Review Submitted: April 22, 2014
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  • Perfect vacation spot!

    "The condo was clean, neat, perfect for us! This was a girl trip with 3 of us. Spent a lot of time on the front porch which was cool and comfortable. Kitchen was well stocked, great clean linens, lots of towels, no complaints at all! You won't regret it. We have a rule that we can't go back to a place we've been on our annual trips but this is one we are thinking of going back too! I miss it already! Close to everything, parking right in front of unit. Could walk, bike or drive everywhere. Parking in town was difficult but we managed. We loved this trip and the accommodations made it even more enjoyable. Tracy was wonderful!! Wish we had more time!"
    Guest: Robyn G. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 2, 2014
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  • awsome

    "the place was clean and as describe a nice quiet little get away surrounded by beauty and excitement"
    Guest: Daniel W. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: April 19, 2014
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  • location location location and bikes!!

    "My boyfriend and I stayed here the week of 8/1-10/2014 for my birthday and loved it! we will be back and we will rent #5! Ken is so easy to work with and the cost is just about fabulous! we biked to everything and met so many locals that offered great suggestions and tips!The only think to make it truly over the top would have been some sort of small pool to dip our bodies in as it was HOT!! nothing big to swim in but a place to chill with a glass of wine in the afternoon-otherwise loved it. It offered everything you could want so don't pack alot as they have free a washers/dryers in the building. Hairdryer in room/iron coffee maker etc.. Our fav breakfast place and so close was Six Toed Cafe(near Hemmingway's home-go figure) and Banana Cafe-yummy crepes and coffee. Blue Heaven for atmosphere but overpriced for what you get but hey eating with roosters and chickens is kind of cool. We were impressed with how clean the whole town is considering chickens/roosters and tourists are everywhere."
    Guest: Cindy T. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 12, 2014
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Key West Area Travel Tips

If some of your favorite things include warm, sunny days, glorious beaches, laid-back atmospheres, literary figures and history, then Key West is the ideal vacation spot for you.

Once you arrive in this Florida city, your tension will instantly melt away as you spend afternoons saltwater or deep sea fishing, sampling the local cuisine at the various restaurants, hiking through the backcountry or exploring the underwater world of coral reefs as you dive and snorkel.

Key West is also home a wonderful literary history where you can learn about and experience a variety of writers, playwrights and poets including, most famously, Ernest Hemingway. However, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, Shel Silverstein and Wallace Stevens also made their mark on this Florida hub.

There's something to please everyone here in Key West whether you like to spend your vacation days exploring and having adventures or you prefer to lounge about letting your mind and body relax. Either way, you're sure to have a wonderful time here while you soak up the sun.

Things to Do in Key West

- Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum: Lovers of literature and Hemingway fans must put a visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum on their list of things to do in Key West. The home served as Hemingway's residence during the 1930s and was the first on the island to have indoor plumbing. Notable features included a built-in fireplace and a swimming pool. Surrounding the home are the gardens, which are stunning in their own right. Tropical plants, lush greenery and colorful florals are lovely to see. One of the most unique and fun features - especially for animal lovers - are the 40 to 50 cats that live here, about half of which are polydactyl (six-toed). Hemingway was given a polydactyl cat by a ship captain and some of the current cats are descendants of that original feline, Snowball.

- Dry Tortugas National Park: Spend some time exploring nature through the almost 70 miles of Dry Tortugas National Park that's mainly open water surrounding seven small islands. Here you'll find sparkling blue waters, Fort Jefferson, amazing coral reefs and a collection of birds flying overhead. Whether you're looking to spend some time bird watching, snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, fishing or a little bit of everything, this national park is one of the best places in Key West to do so. Dry Tortugas got its name from the plethora of turtles found in the area, so keep an eye out for loggerhead, hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles in the waters.

- Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory: Enjoy the magic and wonder of colorful creatures and beautiful flora and fauna at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. You'll find an expansive collection of flowering plants, birds, waterfalls, trees and hundreds of stunning butterflies. There are 50 to 60 different species here, as well as more than 20 exotic birds. It's a lovely place to slow down and let stress melt away, and kids will have a great time chasing the butterflies and marveling at their patterns.

- Saint Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum: Ahoy, mateys! Take a break from scouring the seven seas and step back in time to find out if the pirate life is for you at the Saint Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum. Here you can peruse more than 40 different exhibits featuring the biggest and most authentic collection of pirate artifacts, including Blackbeard's original blunderbuss, gold pieces from his warship - Queen Anne's Revenge, one of three remaining authentic Jolly Roger flags, and Thomas Tew's original treasure chest. There are even hands-on opportunities to see what it's like to fit the wind as you steer the ship and find out what a real cannon feels like.

Dining in Key West

- Blue Heaven Restaurant: For a casual Key West dining experience head to Blue Heaven Restaurant where you can dine indoors or out, watch live entertainment and sample Caribbean (or vegetarian) cuisine. In keeping with the animal theme, cats and chickens roam the premises and add extra fun to your meal. The restaurant is one of the most popular in Key West and favorite dishes include blueberry pancakes, carrot and curry soup, scallops provencale and miso-marinated eggplant salad. Be sure to save room for some of the island's best key lime pie!

- Sloppy Joes: Dining at Sloppy Joes is a Key West tradition. Since 1933, this has been the place to find a welcoming, hospitable staff and a great place to enjoy a night out. Sandwiches, wraps, salads and pizza dominate the menu in addition to a great beer, wine and drink menu. Starting at noon, live entertainment kicks off and continues through the wee hours of the morning, making for a thrilling place to spend time and let your hair down. Sip cocktails while you tap your toes along to the music, or dine on a delicious meal while you enjoy your travel companions' company in this cool setting.

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