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Old 01-24-2013, 08:23 PM   #15
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Ditto for Mallory Square and Hemingway's house. We ate at a restaurant (sorry, can't remember the name) that had outdoor seating. We were able to nab a table which was elevated, at the iron fence, and right at the sidewalk. It was perfect for people watching. There were a lot of interesting characters who walked by. I thought I was going to have to restrain DH when the babe in a teeny, weeny bikini walked by.
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Old 01-24-2013, 08:28 PM   #16
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Captain Tony's & Sloppy Joe's are a good stop. Take the Key West Tram for a good overview. Touristy but informative.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:16 PM   #17
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If you get a chance eat at Kelly's. The restaurant is owned by the actress Kelly McGillis (Top Gun fame). Bonus if you get to eat outside under the banyan tree.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:38 AM   #18
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Any particular place for that best slice Key Lime pie, it's Key Largo isn't it?
While we were in the keys, we kept hearing on the radio, for the best key lime pie stop at mile marker 98. We pulled in and all that was there was a little bar looking place. I almost didn't go in. I am glad I did. When I stepped inside there was big refrigerated coolers that ran the length of the bar. (It was a narrow long building.) That was the best key lime pie I ever tasted. It was not bitter like most key lime pies.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:54 AM   #19
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What! You'd rather take a boat ride to Key West than come visit us?

We've not spent a lot of time there, but agree that sunset at Mallory square is a must do. Otherwise, it's just a cool place to walk around. There are any number of interesting places to stop for a cool one or a bite to eat and there are so many "interesting" characters walking around that no one will even give a second glance at Jimmy.

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Old 01-25-2013, 07:58 AM   #20
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Flying Monkeys for a frozen drink. It is next to Fogartys corner of Duval and Caroline I think. Hemingway house is a must. Mel Fisher museum is ok. The lighthouse maybe. Skip the Southermost point marker. It is cool but there is usually 20 people waiting to get their picture taken in front of it. A drive by would be the best bet for it. A beer at Captain Tony's, the original Sloppy Joes. The Green Parrot seems to be the most "Key Westiest" bars at 601 Whitehead St, you will walk right by the Mile 0 sign walking there.

Can't beat the circus at Mallory Square at sunset. If you are only spending one day at Key West, you might as well start planning the next trip there as it is not enough.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:07 AM   #21
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I visited Key West for many years by my own airplane and in later years by the Key West Express, a great way to go. In the winter months, seas above five feet is usually a no go for the trip. Enjoy just about anything KW has to offer. Just walk into a place and if you don't like it, move on down the street a little further and there is sure to be something you will like.

One thing I might mention is that usually over a weekend the hotels often require a two night minimum, which is probably what you will need to see everything.

Things to avoid, anything that says "gourmet' on the menu, it means a portion smaller than a child's, with some parsley sprigs to fill up the plate and a price approaching the national debt. If anything says "market price", you don't want it unless you want to fill out a mortgage application on the spot.

Have fun and enjoy.
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Thanks for the info

Thanks for the info everyone, Very useful for us. I'm sure we'll also wish it were a longer stay but this time that's all we could do. Gotta have time with the grandsons in Naples I have to figure out why I haven't gotten any email notices from replies?? I'm not too experienced out here.
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Get a "Cuban Sandwich" at Sandy's Cafe on White Street!
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Key west is a fun place. Had a house there for 15 years.
Go to
Hemingway house
Light house
Mallory square
Sloppy joes
Captain Tony's
Half shells for sea food
Ricks bar and see The YO ADRIAN SHOW is a must -across from Sloppy joes
Green parrot is a real local bar
Conch republic has some ok food
A&B lobster has the best food
Grand casa restaurant on Duval st down from ricks is also great food.
Southern most point
The 801 club is a different club with 2 nightly shows. Pretty funny

The don'ts
Don't miss the night life

There are 300 bars in Key West. They do drink a lot.
If its your first time. It won't be your last
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Sorry I can't help. I don't remember much from that week, but I'm told there is photographic evidence that I did it right.
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That's the way to remember key west. Through many pics and no memory.
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Key west is a fun place. Had a house there for 15 years.
Go to
Hemingway house
Light house
Mallory square
Sloppy joes
Captain Tony's
Half shells for sea food
Ricks bar and see The YO ADRIAN SHOW is a must -across from Sloppy joes
Green parrot is a real local bar
Conch republic has some ok food
A&B lobster has the best food
Grand casa restaurant on Duval st down from ricks is also great food.
Southern most point
The 801 club is a different club with 2 nightly shows. Pretty funny

The don'ts
Don't miss the night life

There are 300 bars in Key West. They do drink a lot.
If its your first time. It won't be your last
Enjoy
Rick
This looks very complete with the exception of the Truman White House Tour. Also Blue Heaven for brunch or Dinner....make reservations. One of the best places to eat.
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I'd call and get hotel reservations if possible for one night. I tried for friends visiting us last year and they had a two night minimum and it was almost $300 per night.
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