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Key West with Matt & Christopher

Key West with Matt & Christopher

Well, it took a week, but the little website I made documenting our trip to Key West is finished. What else is there to say about the trip? It was enjoyable, despite the hot and muggy weather (I brought a pair of jeans but never wore them). The island is about as laid back and funky as its reputation suggests. Other observations:

  • Although we did a lot, exploring the cemetery was one of my favorite activities — not only is it free, you get a nicely designed map detailing the backgrounds on some of the more notable inhabitants, and it had a lot of neat grave markers and tombs from contemporary times back to the early 1800s. Call me ghoulish, but that kind of stuff thrills me.
  • Walking around: Duval street is Key West’s main thoroughfare, lined with hopping bars and about a million shops selling t-shirts with stupid slogans. Avoid it — unless you’re an alcoholic, the area has limited appeal. Also stay away from any hotels located directly on Duval. I liked the Historic Seaport Boardwalk along the island’s north side, however.
  • Beaches: good luck since Key West is oddly lacking in decent beaches. We went to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park on the island’s west side, however, and that area has a good, if awfully pebbly, beach.
  • Attractions: once at K.W. you might see some tacky looking ads in the tourist magazines for a butterfly house. Don’t be fooled, this is a gorgeous, dreamlike little indoor/outdoor walkway where butterflies float all around you. I took a ton of pictures. This is located near the south side (a.k.a. “the breeder section” as one local told us). Also recommended is the aquarium near Mallory Square, a modest and charming home for the local sea life built in the W.P.A. 1930s.
  • Food: sorry, we don’t go to tourist magnets like Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville (I don’t even remember seeing it!). Bar none, the best meal we had there was at a Cuban restaurant called El Siboney, a hole-in-the-wall popular with the locals. Huge portions, great prices, yummy food and plenty of yellow rice with black beans. For seafood, check out BO’s fish wagon and its quintessentially Key West-ish outdoor dining area (lots of graffiti, battered license plates on the walls, wild chickens roaming the tables).
  • Local TV: Strange, I know, but I loved checking out what south Florida had in the way of local TV. They had a channel there which aired seemingly every lo-fi public domain film ever uploaded to the internet. Old b&w serials, blurry cartoons, music videos, that sort of thing (at one point I even saw a computer cursor left on the screen!). They also had a station called WGAY, part of which included an old queen doing catty MST3K-style commentary on that ’50s movie where the scientist kept his girlfriend’s disembodied head alive. So funny.
  • Snorkeling: I wish we could have gone snorkeling, but the winds were too high and nobody was going out. There’s always next time, however!

2 Thoughts on “Key West with Matt & Christopher

  1. Matt
    We are making an addision to our florida page, can we use 1 or 2 of your pictures?

  2. Sachem – sure, you can use one or two of our photos. It would be nice if you could link back to our page. Thanks! – Matt

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