Key West News

Key West News:

Hello and welcome to!

I currently live in Tampa, Florida with my wife Marjorie Bonaire and have finally got the website off the ground, Thanks Ameeb!  Key West News and the Island itself have had me hooked now for what seems like centuries, but is actually more like decades. My wife and I started going  there around 1980 and so It’s been a dream of mine for a long time, God only knows how long, to actually live in Key West… for a while at least anyway. It hasn’t happened yet!

This website is constantly evolving and I would like to share with my web visitors Key West news and the benefits of our experience over the many years. I would really like it if you all would share some of your experiences with me as well, good or bad and I’ll post them on the website. I’m really interested in getting some feedback in order to make the website as useful and informational as possible for anyone planning on visiting this gorgeous slice of tropical paradise.

Key West is such a unique place. There’s so much history!  Whenever you’re there, you can just unwind and totally be yourself. Nobody’s judging you. It’s so laid back and casual, I just want to share it with as many people as possible.Think about where it is on the map for a minute. It’s in the middle of the ocean between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. It’s only 90 Miles from Cuba.  I’m really passionate about it. My wife and I got married there in September 2011. The services performed by the one and only “Captain Lenn” on a sunset cruise aboard the Schooner “Western Union”  which is on the National register of Historic Places, a Maritime Museum and was named the “official” flagship of the state of Florida. She’s usually docked behind Schooner Wharf Bar. Unfortunately, she’s undergoing a complete restoration and will hopefully be back by 2022.

Western Union

There is never really a “bad” time to go to Key West. In summertime it’s kind of hot but, isn’t it hot everywhere in summer? For those of us lucky enough to live in Florida, it’s really convenient. Traveling to and from Key West usually depends on budget, but we typically like to fly into town. From Tampa, where we live, the flight is only an hour. If air travel is a bit too expensive, our first choice is always the “Key West Express“, which runs out of Fort Myers Beach Fl. and Marco Island. We’ll usually drive to FMB and stay the night before. Waking up early, it’s a short drive to the ferry terminal, which is located at 1200 Main St, Fort Myers Beach, Fl. We generally stay anywhere from 3 to 6 nights in Key West depending on the situation.

Key West Express 2

Generally speaking there are 3 “Season Levels” when it comes to lodging in Key West…”Low Season”, which is the most inexpensive time to stay there, “Mid-Season” and “High Season”. Holidays and special events like “Fantasy Fest” are usually going to be at a premium. We’ll typically go from anytime between Memorial Day thru Labor Day, which pretty much encapsulates the low season. If you have the means, I strongly suggest that you check out Fantasy Fest at least once in your lifetime. It’s a hoot!

Whether we fly or travel on the Key West Express, we always tend to stay in lodgings close enough to where we want to go or hang out, so we never have to worry about driving anywhere while we are in town. With so many bars in town, it’s not a bad idea at all. We don’t mind just walking everywhere or if we feel like it, we’ll rent scooters for a couple of days. There are so many beautiful lodgings in town to choose from and, if just for history’s sake, when you’re in Key West, they’re a lot more fun than staying at one of the chain hotels. Sure you can save a little money by staying out by the airport, but when you start adding up the money you’re spending on cab fare into and out of town, and the benefits of staying in town, close to all that’s happening, it actually works out much better in the long run to stay closer to Duval St.

Of course, it doesn’t mean that you won’t have a good time if you do stay somewhere that’s going to save you money. Typically lodgings closer to Duval St tend to be a bit more pricey, but the money you’ll save from taxi fares will more than make up for it….and most of the properties are very historic and have a special charm and feel to them. Think of it as a history lesson. Plus it’s always more fun to stay as close to all the action as possible. There’s always a myriad of Key West News to ingest and you cannot happen upon a more interesting little Island to digest it all…  Here are some fun facts;

  • Harry S Truman spent 147 days of his presidency at the Little White House in Key West
  • Mile Marker 0 is the most stolen sign in Key West
  • 10% of the 3,000 structures in Old and New Town are on the Historical Registry
  • In 1938 Red Tide killed the Sponge business in Key West
  • Metal roofs were mandated in Key West after the “Great Fire” in 1886
  • Key West is twice the size it use to be
  • Eisenhower and Truman Streets defines New Town vs. Old Town in Key West
  • There are no squirrels in Key West
  • If you are born in Key West you are referred to as a “saltwater conch”
  • If you have resided in Key West for 7 years you are referred to as a “fresh water conch”
  • The Dry Tortugas is the western most key and is 68 miles to the west of Key West
  • Yankee Stadium would fit inside Fort Jefferson – Dry Tortugas
  • Key West was incorporated as a city in 1828 – 74 years before Miami
  • Key West is the southernmost point in the Continental US – 90 miles to Cuba,157 miles to Miami and 134 miles to the nearest Wal-Mart
  • The Key West Lighthouse has 88 spiral steps
  • The Green Parrott Bar is the oldest bar in Florida
  • Key West is a “frost free” city
  • Bars are open 18 hours a day
  • In the 1850’s Key West was the wealthiest city in the US

Looking forward to reading your feedback. If you have any suggestions or questions, I’m more than interested in hearing and answering them. See you soon.

4 thoughts on “Key West News

  1. I lived in Key West near Duval Street. At first it was exciting but quickly got bored. Got very phobic like I was trapped at the end of the world. Fantasy fest was disturbing and didn’t want to see people walking around nude. Parents would have to sheild their children from such a disgusting view. I moved to Venice Florida 5 minutes from the beach and been here 9 years and been very happy and content. Love the conservatism here as well. I always tell people that it’s nice to visit Key West but don’t live there!

  2. Well done. This Freshwater Conch now has true facts about the history of Key West.
    Your recommendations of water Sport activities are accurate and restaurant, bar reviews true.
    Travel suggestions, though we’re far from the mainland, are helpful for people traveling from Florida, America or other countries.
    Thanks, Andy W.

  3. Cool Ang!! Marjorie Bonaire??? New squeeze?? I thought I’ve been to th oldest Bar in that town at eastern end of St Mary’s River (TH Pearl, maybe?)…perhaps it’s the oldest ‘continually funtioning’, but llo it up- a little controversy perhaps…cool stuff check out a great book on The Florida Keys by Joy WIlliams, a mile-by-mile sort of hidden treasures of the Keys, great if drivin there. Good for you!! Cheers! Matt- makes me wanna get back down there- BAD!!!!

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