We’re on a Florida kick. Maybe that’s because it’s so cold up North, but we’re just craving a beach vacation right now. We’re mentally transporting ourselves to Key West, Florida where we spent some time this past summer. Here’s a list of everything we recommend visiting on your trip to the Conch Capital of the World!
Key West, Florida is known for its beautiful beaches, clear waters, and an abundance of coconut palms. There is so much to do, you should stay for a very long weekend…or maybe forever? Duval Street alone has so many restaurants, shops, art and more that could probably last you a week at least.
Key West is not for the faint of heart though. It is not an oddity to run into the occasional iguana or chicken on the side of the road. They’re totally harmless…unless you’re sleeping past six a.m. or trying to eat your lunch. Definitely an interesting pest to have around. The chickens wandering the streets are actually protected by the city – they make the area unique!
Possibly the weirdest destination to visit while in town –The Earnest Hemingway’s Home and Museum. Earnest Hemmingway was a renowned American author, journalist, and short-story writer who made his home on the farthest Key in the United States. The house itself is gorgeous, but honestly, we were most excited about the 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats.
A short walk down Whitehead Street will take you to the Southernmost Point Buoy. This landmark marks 90 miles until you reach Cuba. It is a super popular tourist destination and there is a pretty constant line, but it’s almost a must to get a picture by it.
There are about a million places to try key lime pie in Key West, and you should probably just visit all of them. Take a pie journey through town. We tried Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe and Key West Key Lime Pie Company, and while we are sure natives can tell the difference, I just wanted seconds! A few places we absolutely recommend for catching a quick bite are Garbo’s Grill and Moondog Cafe. Garbo’s is actually just a cute food truck that creates the most delicious Asian fusion foods. Their Korean BBQ Tacos are to die for! Moondog is so peaceful and colorful. The food is super diverse – they sell anything from pastries to octopus. It is a must visit when in Key West!