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The Key West must-do list | 10 things for a perfect island visit

The Key West must-do list | 10 things for a perfect island visit

The 10 Key West Must-Dos The Conch Train Number One by a landslide. Take the Conch Train tour. Do it first thing. Sure, it’s a “touristy” thing, but we locals do it all the time (we get to ride free on the first Sunday of the month). The Conch Train tour gives you a terrific ride through all the Key West neighborhoods and a real feel for the...

Linda Grist Cunningham is editor and proprietor of Key West Island News. She lives on the island with Ranger Ed and the Cat 5s.

KWIN LogoEverything you need to know for the best Key West visit

So many friends ask us what to do and where to go when they visit that we put together our personal favorites. Before you book your tickets to our island paradise, take a few minutes to explore our planning guides, our tips, suggestions — and cautionary tales. You’ll be glad you did!

 

 

Raining in Key West? Disappointed that it’s (what?) cold? Who cares? There’s plenty to do

Raining in Key West? Disappointed that it’s (what?) cold? Who cares? There’s plenty to do

Chance are pretty good if you’re in Key West during the winter you won’t encounter much rain (or snow, come to think of it.) But there are those gloomy days when it’s chilly and windy and just not what you’d planned for your winter escape. So what does one do in Key West when it rains or it’s windy and chilly? Depends on whether you’re local or visiting. Let’s start with local.

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Camping at Fort Jefferson | 10 insider tips no one tells you

Camping at Fort Jefferson | 10 insider tips no one tells you

Fort Jefferson is one of the most sought-after, most soul-soothing camping experiences on the planet. Fewer than a dozen small sites cluster among the scrub trees just outside the entrance to the fort and a few steps from the Atlantic Ocean. What you need, you bring. What you bring, you take out. Food. Water. Gear. There’s no corner store, no takeout delivery — and most assuredly, no cell service or wifi.

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Where the heck IS Key West?

Where the heck IS Key West?

Where is Key West? Thought a little geography lesson might be helpful. See that blue dot down at the bottom? That's Key West. Our island is 163.8 miles southwest of Miami. Tampa on the west coast is closer to Melbourne on the east coast (145 miles) than Key West is to...

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7 ways to move here

How does one move to Key West? There are lots of toss-off answers, like “marry rich” or “rob a bank,” but I decided to take this seriously. Here’s how one prepares to move to Key West.

Why would you leave?

Everyone dreams of living in Key West, a place where everyone knows why you’d move there. What most folks rarely stop to think about: Why would anyone up and leave? And they do. Lots of them.

North to Miami? Nope

Did you know you head east when you drive to Miami? Not north. East-northeast. And mostly east. Trust your eyes at sunrise. Well, except for a couple of stretches like that right turn in Big Pine, which is due south.

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