Thursday, March 20, 2014

Key West - Florida Keys Photo Essay Pt 2

Heading out to Key West from Duck Cay in the Middle Keys

We started at Mile Marker 61 on the Overseas Highway (US-1)
Once you finally reach Key West - It's the end of the road at Mile Marker 0 

Once arriving in Key West, you are officially in the "Conch Republic
Pronounced (Konk) - locals refer to themselves as Conchs 

Southernmost Point in the U.S. 

Key West is more Caribbean like than any other destination in the U.S. 

Life there is slow, easy and uncomplicated. The overall vibe is “live and let live” and everybody gets along. The locals have an appreciation of diversity, and do not fear or oppose the ideas and lifestyles of others.  

The locals of Key West - much like the Caribbean - are one of the main reasons travelers keep visiting, and often return.  

We stayed at the Crowne Plaza Key West - La Concha. While the lobby is quite contemporary, the hotel is a National Historic Landmark, and it's been around since 1926.

Mattheessen's Bakery, was in view from our balcony
Way too tempting right across the street 
Key Lime Pie, Fudge & Ice Cream - all homemade (ˆ◡ˆ)

Key West is a town of beautiful historic buildings with ornate banisters, balconies and windows. Throughout the town are enormous banyan trees, exotic orchids, and the bougainvillea literally spills over fences and walls.  

The Schooner Western Union, one of Key West’s most famous wooden ships - It's the official flagship of Key West and the State of Florida. She's one of the oldest working wooden schooners in the United States and on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Bight harbor area always has live music playing in the open air bar/restaurant  

Little White House 

President Truman spent most of his vacation time in Key West while in office, and loved to walk throughout the community. JFK also used the home for a summit meeting with the British Prime Minister prior to the Bay of Pigs invasion.  

The Key West Aquarium opened in 1934, 
and it was the first open air aquarium in the U.S. 

Old Customs House & Post Office

Entrance to open air Bahama Village Market 
at the corner of Whitehead and Duval Street 

Another diverse Key West community. The colorful, historic Bahama Village neighborhood was named for the original black residents who were of Bahamian ancestryThe 16 blocks offer a number of kiosks, shops, bars, flea markets and restaurants. Restaurant Recommendations: Firefly, Blue Haven,  Santiago’s Bodega and a nice little French bistro La Creperie. 

Upcoming activities in Key West

April 2014 - 10 day celebration - Conch Republic celebrates its Mock Secession from the USA

If you plan on heading to Key West this Fall, check out the Bahama Village Goombay Festival

Happy Travels,

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