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What you need to know about Key West

Jun 12, 2021 | Florida | 0 comments

Updated: Jun 13, 2021

Changes in latitude equal changes in attitude. After 2021 you are probably like me and in need of a quick Key West escape to forget all your problems. Welcome to the home of the original Margaretville and the city that started it all. Like Kenny Chesney sings, “No shoes, no shirt, no problems”. There is so much to see and do here. Hey, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere! So, pack your bags and meet me at the beach. Oh, and don’t forget the Rum! Here is what you need to know about Key West.

Woman in Key West smoking cigar on street.| What you to need to know about Key West

I have partnered with The Florida Keys & Key West Tourism for this post. The best part for me is they had zero restrictions when it came to my blog post. This is my honest opinion, with no constraints. For the record, I pick locations that I want to personally go to.

Rent a bike, moped, or golf cart in Key West

Be aware, there is hardly any parking around Key West. Therefore, almost everyone gets around town via bike, moped, or golf cart. Do not make the same mistake we made. We wasted our money on a beautiful mustang convertible that sat in the hotel parking lot the entire trip. Worst of all, the hotel charged us $35 a day for parking. Bikes, mopeds, and golf carts sell out fast so book your transportation in advance. We loved biking around town, and even biking to all our sea excursions. I honestly think this laidback way to get around town is the reason Key West is one of my favorite domestic vacation spots.

You can even park your bikes at the hotel for free. Look everyone is doing it!

Bicycles parked in a parking garage in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Key West Roosters

The Cuban settlers brought chickens to the island for food and fighting, so the story is told by the locals. Now you will find these adorable roosters all over the island. There is no alarm needed while at Key West, these early morning roosters will gladly wake you up. Overall Key West roosters are what make Key West unique and different. I personally enjoyed seeing them walking the streets, and it wouldn’t feel like Key West without them. As of January 2021, it is now illegal to feed the roosters.

Roosters on the sidewalk in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Key West is 90 miles from Cuba

Since the 1860’s Cubans have been migrating to Key West by the hundreds, bringing the Havana cigar business, amazing food, and their culture with them. Again, this is what makes Key West…Key West.

Man smoking a cigar on the street in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Stay at a hotel with a good beach in Key West

The Reach Key West

Be aware, the majority of the Key West hotels are older, BUT they have an amazing Cuban feel to them. For us, it was important to find a hotel that had easy access to a beach with sand. However, this luxury does come with a heavy price tag. Who wouldn’t want a hotel bartender on the beach along with beach chairs and umbrellas? The price tag was well worth it for us! If the price tag isn’t worth it to you, no worries there are so many other amazing hotels to pick from on the island.

Woman laying on the beach with lounge chairs with ocean view, in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West
What you need to know about Key West.

My view with coffee every morning. I love waking up to this!

Woman holding coffee mug with hotel lawn view in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Do a Trolly Tour to learn about Key West

I cannot express enough how important it is to take a trolly tour around the city. This should be done on day 1. This will help you learn everything you need to know about the island, and it will help you come up with an itinerary for your vacation. We felt like experts after the tour and it made it easy to get around the island on our bikes. Once you learn the layout of the island you can get anywhere you want without a map.

Old Town Trolley Tours trolley on street in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Go on a Key West excursion

Check out these excursions!

Sunset Cruise- Click here

Fury Water Adventures- Click here

Bouncy floating water park in the ocean in Key West | Fury Water Adventures in Key West

Truman’s Little White House in Key West

This place should be on every liberal’s bucket list. If you lean more to the right, then just be mentally prepared before you go. That is a “hint, hint”. Also, if you want to learn more about this house, then I suggest you take a tour. A cool fact, no cameras are allowed inside during the tour, per the Secret Service, because a president can show up at any time.

Truman's Little White house building in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Shipwreck Treasure Museum in Key West

If you are a history buff, you will love this place. I do not want to give away too much, but it tells you the history behind shipwrecked treasure and how it was important to the locals in Key West.

Shipwreck Treasures Museum front ticket counter in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West
Shipwreck Treasures Museum main lobby area with a woman standing greeting visitors in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

Key West Aquarium

The Key West Aquarium is next to the Shipwreck Treasure Museum and not too far away from Truman’s Little White House. It’s a small aquarium and what you see in the picture below is about all there is. You complete the entire building in under 30 minutes.

Woman standing in the lobby of the Key West Aquarium looking at the fish in the tank in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West
Fish swimming in the tank in Key West. | What you to need to know about Key West

What you need to know about Key West.

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