A charming slice of Cuba at the Southernmost point of Florida.It took me one year and a half living in Miami to go to Key West (and obviously to accept the 4 hours drive…)…
I was always thinking that it wasn’t worth the long drive. Islomorada, a Key in the middle of the Floridians Keys road, was enough to see, right?!… (you can see the post about Islamorada here)

And I was perfectly and purely wrong! Yes, the road is boring: low speed limits and a thousand of red lights… anyway the breathtaking view from the bridges above the turquoise ocean needs to be earned! And yes, it is worth it…

After enjoying this amazing road above the ocean, Key West, by itself, is so charming and delightful. What I loved the most is that it is so different from Miami, you really feel the Caribbean mood and architecture everywhere. It is small enough so that you can walk around and discover the beautiful wooden and colorful houses. You can also hire a bike and ride all the streets and discover hidden golden nuggets. Just walking around is a bliss, but there are also nice places to visit, such as the Hemingway, an absolute must see if you are in Key West.

I’m sharing here the atmosphere and the most interesting spots and yummy places.

On the road to Key West…

Key West streets

You can walk around, hire a bike or hop on a trolley

I couldn’t choose, I shot so many of these beautiful houses…

Southernmost Point is a crowdy touristic place, but the feeling of being so close to Cuba is kind of moving…

There are no real beaches in Key West… so if you find a piece of sand, you’ll find a lot of people too!

The Hemingway Home was definitely a crush, it is still today the largest private property in Key West

The Hemingway Home from the Light House point of view

The pool in the Hemingway Home is gorgeous

Even the floor in the Hemingway Home is awesome

Opposite from the Hemingway Home, you will find the Light House… nice, bu the weather was grey when I was there so I can’t really recommend to visit it (the view might be breathtaking under a blue sky anyway!)

There are also numerous cruises that you can book in the Marina, and enjoy unique sunsets…

Where to eat…

Sweet break at the Creperie, 300 Petronia Street, thanks Le Lazy Frenchie for this address!

Have an iconic brunch at the boho Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas Street

And then try the conch fritters at the Commodore, 700 Front Street, in the Marina

 

Where to stay

The Westin Hotel is a pleasant and super well located hotel for sunset celebration…

Southernmost House, a lovely boutique hotel, where I wish I could stay next time!

Another very special thing is that Key West is one of the only places in East Florida where you can see the sun falling in the ocean, offering amazing sunsets…

…amazing and crowdy sunsets… even better with a massive cruise ship in front of you…

On the way back… till next time Key West!

I hope you enjoyed the trip and that you might plan a visit to Key West soon, tell me!