Beginners Guide to Key West, Florida

Hey Tribe!! 

If you're like us and living in the great North, well, I can tell ya that a warm weather escape is usually top of everybody's list of things to get scheduled. I had the fortunate blessing to have a huge family (yes, all 13 of us) vacation in the southern most part of the Continental United States--Key West Florida, just a shy 90 miles north of Cuba. There were dozens of things to be celebrating within our family; one of my little sisters recently got married, anniversaries, Christmas, new jobs, new boyfriends and a slew of cribbage victories scattered throughout the weekend. My dad and I actually ran the Key West half marathon--boom, another celebratory moment! 

The weather was a balmy 75-80 degrees every day, sunny and I soaked in as much vitamin D as I possibly could. Here are some quick tips and things you must do during your next trip to Key West! 

Iconic Must Do's

1) Walk Duval street; Duval is the main street of Key West and boasts 119 bars and restaurants, alongside many surf shops, soap factories and pop-up coconut stands. You'll always run into a fun bunch of people, but watch your step! Be sure to not step on a chicken during your stroll (they run these streets!)

1 b) At the end of Duval street is a big, beautiful open area called Mallory Square. Perch up here for awhile to watch the sunset (try to spot the green flash!) and watch the street performers. There are dozens of yummy food kiosks in case you need to refuel after your walk! Everyone loves a good sunset celebration, amiright?! 

2) Restaurants: belly up to the bar for pub food at Sloppy Joes. The BlackFin (Breakfast/Brunch) Blue Heaven (bloody mary's) Kelly's for happy hour and dinner (formerly the very first Pan American Airlines ticketing office which is now owned by Kelly McGuiness-the actress from Top Gun! The bar downstairs is actually made of an airplane wing! Eat a Key Lime Pie at Kermits
 

3) Tours: The Hemingway House; see if you can spot the 6 toed cats that still roam here! Old Town Trolley ride- this trolly is deeply entertaining and lasts about 1.5 hours. Absolutely worth a ride through old town Key West. 

This will be plennnnttttyyyy to keep you busy during your first few days in Key West!! I plan to return this next January with family and friends for another round of sunny fun! Enjoy my darling Trouvaille Tribe! XO B

 

Stephanie Zillmer