Key West Florida

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Vacationing in Key West will make you feel as if you’ve left the rest of the world behind. There are plenty of activities to keep a vacationer busy, or not; whatever you prefer. The south side of the island contains beaches that offer everything from volleyball games to just relaxing on the sand in the sun. Being a small island, traveling from place to place won’t eat up a lot of vacation time.

Depending on what your tastes, there are various parks located on the island as well. Tour the West Martello Towers gardens and view the natural beauty; or play tennis at Bayview Park to get rid of some of the pent up energy. If just walking and relaxing is the plan for the day, there is also a park for just that.

To get a look at other views of the island, take a cruise to the reef. There is snorkeling and diving for those who live for the water. For the less active, there is always the relaxing ride on a glass bottom boat where you can experience life under the sea.

Fishing enthusiasts can schedule fishing trips on a private or a party fishing boat. Key West is the perfect place to catch the one who go away. Dolphin encounters and kayaking can be scheduled for the nature loving vacationist.

Of course there is always the vacationer who likes to take in a little green. For their pleasure, Key West offers a 200 acre, 18 hole golf course that sports a lovely tropical theme. This includes a clubhouse, restaurant and a pro shop.

Culture can be gained by strolling through one of the art galleries that display local, national and international artists. Visiting museums can be a way of gaining knowledge about the locals and your surroundings. The tour guides here have stories that will entertain and delight regarding the history and people of Key West. Scheduling a tour of the city or riding a trolley may get you colorful stories about Key West from the tour guide or the conductor as well.

Key West offers a variety of accommodations for your pleasure ranging from luxury hotels to economy lodgings. There are guesthouses, motels, resorts, inns and bed and breakfast accommodations. Read reviews online about what each offers and choose one that will fit your vacationing needs. You may want something inexpensive where you can prepare meals, or you may want to do nothing and be catered to; Key West accommodations can give you that also.

Rates for lodging vary through the year. Plan your vacation in peak season; or around peak season. Rates for accommodations are more expensive for special events; and from Christmas to Easter. If you’re looking for deals, early December would be a good time to plan for an inexpensive vacation. There is less of a crowd for the vacationer who likes a little solitude. The weather is pleasant with little humidity and moderate temperatures. Rates also rise when Key West has annual events such as Fantasy Fest and the Lobster Mini Season. These are must do activities while on the island. This will be a chance to experience the real Key West and hang out with the locals. The event is a costumed affair which features a street fair. The highlight of the feast is the parade which will have humorous floats for your enjoyment. At the Fest, the title of Conch King and Queen is given to two residents of Key West. The locals claim this as an honor.

Key West was inhabited by the Calusa in Pre-Columbian times. Ponce de Leon was the first European to visit in 1521. Florida was a Spanish fishing and salvage village. Key West was named for Cayo Hueso which, in English, means “bone key”. The island was said to be littered with remains of human bones. The pronunciation of Cayo Hueso is “kajo weso”.

Great Britain gained control of Florida in 1763, but was returned to Spanish control 20 years later. They were joined by Cuba fishermen, natives of the British Bahamas; and later by people from the U.S.

It sometimes a weary experience trying to choose a place to eat when on vacation. Key West offers a variety of choices eateries to please even the most discerning palate. Most vacationers will go for the local cuisine. Assuming this, a newspaper can be picked up at the airport, hotel, or wherever you have chosen to stay. The concierge at your hotel can be a good source in giving you reviews about which places have good food, atmosphere and good prices.

Key West offers a diverse blend of ethnic restaurants. These include French, Mexican, Slavic, German and Polish among others. You might try the mahi-mahi, snapper, conch steak or fritters at a local seafood restaurant. In season, they offer local crab and spiny lobster as well.

The dinner rush usually starts at approximately 7 p.m. Some of the larger hotels offer a complimentary Sunday brunch which will usually include either mimosas or champagne. A good idea might be to call the restaurant ahead of time to make sure they supply booster seats or highchairs if needed.

Party goers might want to hit Duval Street after dark. There are an assortment of bars and nightclubs that offer a variety of entertainment. Listen to a local band play excellent music, dance the night away, or just sit around listening to juke box music and enjoying the local atmosphere.

Lastly, Key West has added tropical weddings to their repertoire. Many couples have said “I do” while standing in a comfortable breeze with the white sands and the vast sea as the theme of their wedding. Key West’s offers help in the way of wedding planners to take care of every detail of the wedding. In today’s economy, what better way to get married and have a honeymoon vacation in the same instance. Say “I do” , have the reception, get rid of the guests and have fun.