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Key West Port of Call
Sunset in Florida ©
Key West island, part of Key West City at the very tip of the
Florida Keys, is a historic vacation destination seamlessly mixing
old Victorian houses and placid blue waters into a funky modern
Several famous sights include historic residencies such as Ernest Hemingway's and Harry Truman's homes best seen aboard the Conch Tour Train. For a rare view of the flat island, the Lighthouse Museum is a popular lookout.
Most cruise ships dock at a pier aside Mallory Square directly in Old Town. Although cruise passengers are encouraged to stay, cruise ships must depart from the pier before sunset and return after dark to not impair sunset views. Westin Pier, also called Pier B, is within walking distance while The Navy Mole, shared with the US Navy, requires a short trolley ride.
From Mallory Square and Westin Piers the Old Town is within easy walking distance. Cabs can be hired although many prefer to buy day passes on the circling trolleys or shuttle where passengers can hop on and off at their will. Others can hire a bicycle or golf cart.
Jumping back in time to Harry Truman and Ernest Hemingway is popular at their respective homes. The southernmost point on of the US is also a popular tourist destination as is the Lighthouse museum for a great view. The Audubon Houses & Tropical Gardens, an aquarium and butterfly and nature conservatory all have impressive collections of local species. Several beaches, like Smathers Beach and Fort Zachary, and shopping centres can fill in the rest of one's island time.
The Flaming Buoy Filet Company - fun eatery serving excellent lobster mac and cheese
New York Pasta Garden - great Italian food in a pretty outdoor setting
Garbo's Grill - cheap and cheerful Carribean-style fast food
Best Dish: Yellow Tail Snapper or key lime pie
The Old Town offers attractive shops, especially at the Harbor Walk and Duval, offering an assortment of artisan crafts, paintings and clothes aligned for casual window shopping. Boutique shops ares also found along the the Sunset Waterfront.
Anything coloured key lime
Boating in a glass bottomed catamaran
Fly in an airplane tour
Visit Civil War fort Jefferson
Walking the Ghost Tours
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