Locals Guide to the Florida Keys Island Life

Flying into Key West Airport
Since the island is small, expect only a five-minute ride or so to get to your hotel. go

Caribbean Goombay Festival in Bahama Village
And when October comes around, the art of the party picks up even more. go

Cruise Ship Boarding at the Port
The harbors of islands up and down the Florida Keys are daily destinations of hundreds of yachts, water taxis, and pleasure craft. go

Cook Your Catch Restaurant
The live music and boat parking is plentiful at the Big Chill Restaurant. go

You do need bicycles in the Town
Plan your transportation around the city each day, but if you get out of focus or too far away, just call out for one of the wonderful pedicab drivers. go

Bicycles make the vacation more fun
You can take that all we down to Smathers Beach, Higgs Beach Park, and all the way down to the Southernmost Point. go

Celebrate Cuba Week Key West
This is the weekend to visit the Florida Keys! go

Good morning with Shrimp and Grits
That is part of the seasoning. go


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Yummy Grilled Fish is the Prize
We love it, of fantastic seaside adventure! go

Do not forget your Snorkel or Bicycle
Our stay was enhanced by the location of the hotel on Truman Avenue. go

Fishing Rules
Be sure to always follow the Florida Wildlife Commission's dehooking rules to improve survival rates. go

Dinner and a Sunset Party
Great vibe and you can park the car or come and dock by boat. go

Cafe for the Grilled Fish Sandwich
Wow, the views just make you want to add more nights to your Florida Keys vacation. go

We Love Key West Fitness Fun
Another great fitness suggestion is to try tennis at Higgs beach and it is a right by the water too. go

One stop for Watersports and Seafood
Forget about taking the time to pull your boat all the way down to Key West, there is a better way. go


Doing all the Sightseeing

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We end up doing the Duval Street stuff only about ten or fifteen percent of the time. The daytime hours for us are typically out and about on our bicycles, unless were on one of the boat trips. We really have had a good time on the Snorkel Trips for the Lower Keys. We like to stay as busy as possible doing all the sightseeing whether it's on the water or on the bicycles. We did learn that you gotta be careful with your bicycles, and only lock them up in designated locking stations. There are bike locking stations all over town, but sometimes they are full and you have to go up the street a little bit. Do not be tempted to lock your bicycle up to a coconut tree or a stop sign. The Key West police have been much more stringent upon how illegal bicycle locking is handled. It would be pretty frustrating if you come back in your bicycle is gone, and you probably would think it's stolen for good and you wouldn't even check with the police. Most people don't have the serial number of their bicycle either, or really know the name of it. You might even want to double lock your bicycles.

Ray B.