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Duval Street Key West Area. Discover yourself in these one-of-a-kind US destinations Perhaps the most fulfilling adventure is one where you learn who you are. Read more articles. Understand Basic status. Practical information Getting Around Health Directory information. The 48 bridges that connect Key West to the mainland of Florida including the Walmart miles away, in Florida City do more than just bring power, water and tourists to the area: they serve as a separation from life on the mainland.
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Each bridge crossed takes you closer to the idyllic island living that locals so adore. So, when here, do as the locals do: hop on a bike, pedal to your destination from restaurants to bars and beaches rain or shine and cruise past the roosters, iguanas and six-toed cats that also reside in the lush, historic streets of Old Town.
In spite of the slower pace, there is still much to do in Key West: a variety of outdoor activities is complemented by five theaters, an independent movie house, numerous galleries chock full of fine art created by locals and, of course, imbibing and dining destinations that range in style and scope, most home to musicians that play their unique tunes from happy hour until late at night daily. On their half- and full-day excursions, just after leaving the harbor, you can help raise the sail before heading to explore the mangroves in a sea kayak, snorkel the lush sponge gardens or coral patch reefs, and then stop for complimentary snacks and refreshments on a pristine sandbar.
Guides are available at no extra cost, but you are also welcome to explore on your own.
Not up for an all-day excursion? The best way to get around Key West is by bicycle. Rent one from WeCycle they deliver and pick up anywhere from Key West to Key Haven for free and cruise through the palm tree-lined side streets of pastel-colored conch cottages. Their secret? The ice itself is made of coffee so, as it melts, you get more of that delicious flavor to fuel your day.
Ask any Key Wester will tell you, Kino Sandals are the best on the island. If you really want to look like a local, make sure to visit the store and pick up a pair. The most popular style is the Lilly and both men and women, young and old, wear them. They also make great gifts to take back for friends and loved ones. Then walk, ride your bike or take a pedicab from site to site on your own time. The ride starts and ends downtown, making it that much more convenient.
If you are on the island around Christmastime, be sure to book the local favorite holiday tour.
You can sing along to Christmas carols as the Conch Train takes you to the best light displays in Key West. The entire ordeal is sponsored by the local power company and is an annual favorite. Ernest Hemingway lived in a house on Whitehead Street with his second wife Pauline throughout most of the s. He famously spent his mornings writing in his studio, his afternoons fishing the Gulf Stream aboard his beloved boat, Pilar, and his evenings drinking on Duval Street.
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Many tales have been told about Hemingway and, to separate fact from fiction, opt for a guided tour when you visit his home. You can also commune with descendants of his original six-toed cat Snowball. What is a root beer barrel, you ask? Yes, delicious.
Bonus points: the venue hosts live music acts on the weekends and is home to the best jukebox in town, pool tables and a dart board — all to be enjoyed while munching on the free popcorn on offer. Stock up on some books while in town and likely get to meet the superstar author. One of the excursions occurs at the popular dive site, the Vandenberg, located just seven miles off the coast of Key West in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. This site is actually an artificial reef created by the sinking of the Vandenberg, a decommissioned US Air Force missile-tracking ship.
More experienced divers can even swim through the hull. Make sure to get your tickets in advance because his shows typically sell out. Yes, they also show independent and foreign films with subtitles daily.
Local favorite annual events include the island-wide hour film challenge showings and bawdy screenings of The Big Lebowski and The Rocky Horror Picture Show , both of which are hosted by a hilarious and beloved local comedian. Signature cocktails are on offer during almost all events and be warned: costumes are extremely encouraged.
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Head to The Roost for exceptional craft cocktails. The bartenders are knowledgeable and are happy to recommend a drink based on your preferences. The Roost also happens to be a liquor store, so purchase a bottle or two to take home with you. But there is one event that gets locals to take to the streets, whether they are lining up to watch or walking the streets of Old Town en masse: the locals walking parade, otherwise known as Masquerade March.
Every October on the last Friday of the final week of Fantasy Fest, locals go all out, dressing up in themed costumes in groups, then parading through the streets of Old Town, stopping at cocktail stations for refreshments along the way.