Explore This! Key West, Florida

Filed in Explore This , The Quirky Lover Posted on May 16, 2011 @ 2:00 pm 4 comments

Today, we’re heading south, all the way down to the end of the US 1 highway. Key West has many claims to fame, including being the end of that particular highway(or is it the beginning?). It is the southernmost point in the (continental) US as well as being the closest point to Cuba. It’s also only one of two destinations that I’ve posted about, so far, that I have visited. To that end, Key West has this remarkable spot where you can look out over the water and see where the Gulf of Mexico meets with the Atlantic Ocean…just stunning!

I drew my inspiration for this post as I read Meg Cabot’s lastest book, Abandon. Meg herself lives in Key West and named her fictional island to resemble what has been described as the original name, Cayo Hueso (which translates to Key [of] Bones). There’s an interesting story about the name, but you’ll just have to read Meg’s book to find out 😉 Meanwhile, let our tour begin!

Famous for it’s reputation as a place that motorcycle lovers like to visit,
 the Hog’s Breath Saloon is close to that Atlantic Ocean/Gulf point. It also
makes some awesome conch fritters….yum!

Of course, what’s an ocean view without the accompanying lighthouse?

Stunning architecture in pale yellows and whites always remind me of
The Great Gatsby and that romanticized ideal of summer parties on well manicured lawns.

Not just for admiring though, you can actually stay in some of these
beautiful buildings that have been turned into hotels or B & B’s

It’s wonderful to imagine stepping out of your hotel room
and hopping into this pool.

The natural colours on sunset only add to this island’s beauty.

Key West is not only a resort spot, but because of its
proximity to Cuba, also houses a naval base.

When I went, we travelled by car from Miami. To get to the island, you have to go
over the Seven Mile Bridge. It’s quite intimidating when there’s nothing else
around for miles except water…but it sure is pretty.

I love my castles, but this time it’s a monstrous sand castle.

Shopping on Duval St.

Though my visit to Key West was close to 20 years ago, I remember it being a wonderful place to leave the car behind and walk to whatever your destination on the island might be. Key West has the added attraction of an Ernest Hemingway museum and access to his home. This relatively small place sure does have a lot going for it!

About Jackie

Jackie is a quirky mom, living in Ontario, Canada. She's a bookkeeper by day and a book lover by night. She also blogs at The Novel Nation and writes occasionally for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

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  • READFREEK May 16, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    I LOVE Key West! Living in Florida, we used to drive there all the time. The coolest part of the seven mile bridge is seeing portions of the old train bridge that still stands, old and faded. Great scuba diving, tasty food, friendly locals and loads of roosters. I can't wait to visit the Keys again soon. Awesome post!

  • Melissa (My World...in words and pages) May 16, 2011 at 7:51 pm

    Oh, once again beautiful pictures! 🙂 I was once in Key West. It is a beautiful place. Thank you for the visit to the south with warm weather, seeing as we are chilling today. 🙂

  • Sheree May 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

    I went to Key West once and it was great! I love the polydactyl cats at the Hemingway Museum!

  • Jackie May 24, 2011 at 11:36 am

    @READFREEK – It was cool seeing the old bridge alongside the one we were driving on, though I did question more than once the stability over that much water, lol. I think the old one can be seen in True Lies, right?

    @Melissa – Thanks! Wish they were my own; I don't know if I took any when I went….

    @Sheree – I didn't even know there was a Hemingway Museum when I was there! My trip was all about the food, lol.

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