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Recent Key West Area reviews

  • Home away from home

    "My husband and I just spent Feb. in the Keys and stayed at casa de suenos.Loved it,everything is just as pictured,nice and well maintained. We met karen, the owner,very nice lady and was there to address any questions we had.The location was great,nice quiet neighborhood,and friendly people. It was only a 20 min. walk to Duvall,so we only used the car when we went to smathers beach,which is a very nice beach.Overall we had a great time and would recommend casa de suenos and this neighborhood,you will love it here...."
    Guest: Greg and Terri H. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 19, 2014
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  • FABULOUS!!!

    "We LOVED this house! Nicely appointed and clean was the first thing we noticed. The location is perfect...a couple of blocks from Southernmost and plenty of places to eat. We suggest El Siboney for good Cuban food...and quite frankly, we liked Southernmost for breakfast as opposed to Camille's which was recommended by a friend. The Circle K is 2 blocks away if you need to run and get a few things. The pool was perfect for our group. We had 2 couples in the main house, and a friend in the pool house so everyone had their own space. The house is fully stocked - from toilet paper, to paper towels, bath and beach towels, you name it. As for the comment about the roosters...well, there are roosters and hens on every block of Key West! Sleep with ear plugs or ENJOY the charm of seeing these creatures on your walks! We rented bikes and that is a great way to get around. I would stay here again in an instant...and highly recommend it."
    Guest: Lin Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 7, 2014
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  • Excellent

    "Four of us boarded the Sunluver for a guys trip to Key West and we had a blast! The vessel is very well maintained and had everything we needed to prepare food, sleep and relax. We took a charter out with Captain Bob and went Snorkeling and had a phenomenal time at the reef. Captain Bob was friendly and easy going and knew all the great spots to head out to. Downtown Key West was a quick taxi drive away and the views from the boat in dock were relaxing. I highly recommend, we had a great time."
    Guest: Traveler Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 7, 2014
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  • Beautiful condo, spectacular views!!!

    "My husband and I decided to stay here for our 25th wedding anniversary trip to Key West, and we were not disappointed!!! The condo was beautifully decorated and very clean, but our favorite thing about the condo was the view of the ocean from the deck! It is spectacular!!!! Talk about relaxing!!!! The owners really thought of everything and it was nice not to have to worry about bringing towels, bedding, etc. We would definitely stay here again!!!!"
    Guest: Lisa Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 24, 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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