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First trip to Key West

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new york, new york
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First trip to Key West

First trip to Key West and we're going next week. Hubby is NOT a drinker -- so what do you suggest? I was thinking of snorkeling and I want to see Hemingway's house -- what else do you seasoned vets suggest?

Can't wait to get out of NYC and into the warmth!

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1. Re: First trip to Key West

Danger charters does a great snorkeling trip. Hemingway house is worth a visit, so is the lighthouse. There are loads of great restaurants. Take the conch train tour. KW is known as a party/drinking town though. There are lots of bars.

New Jersey
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2. Re: First trip to Key West

Near to the Hemingway house is the Lighthouse kwahs.org/visit/lighthouse-keepers-quarters/

and on the corner of Petronia and Whitehead, a few blocks away is the Bahama Village.

On Petronia is La Creperie http://www.lacreperiekeywest.com/

Blue Heaven http://www.blueheavenkw.com/

Columbian Grace http://www.colombiangrace.com/

Santiago's Bodega http://www.santiagosbodega.com/

All for dining.

And for shopping, there is Besame Mucho http://besamemucho.net/index.htm

Petronia is a nice street.


Linden, New Jersey
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3. Re: First trip to Key West

Getting out on the water is a great idea. You can fish, snorkel, SUP, kayak, ride wave runners or take a sunset cruse. There is also shopping, there are many small intresting shops. There is also eating, there are lots of great restaurants to try.

Appleton, Wisconsin
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4. Re: First trip to Key West

There is plenty to do besides drink. I second the vote for the conch train. It's a great way to get an over view of the island and hear a bit of the history. My favorite thing to do in KW is eat. The island is full of great food, from food carts to upscale dining. Try 915 for great food with great people watching or Louie's for something quieter with a view. Look for different ways to take in the sunset (Mallory Square, a sunset sail, the top of La Concha Hotel). For off island trips, rent a car and drive to Bahia Honda State Park or for a splurge take the boat or seaplane to Fort Jefferson/ Dry Tortugas.

Lehigh Valley, PA
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reviews: 25
5. Re: First trip to Key West

There is plenty to do there without hitting the bars. I just returned from a weeklong trip and wasn't able to see everything. Consider a trip to Truman's Little White House and Fort Zachary Park. Both are in Truman Annex.

Orlando, Florida
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6. Re: First trip to Key West

Don't completely write off some of the bars unless you just don't want to be around others who are drinking. There is a lot of great music in Key West and places like Schooner Wharf Bar and Smokin' Tuna serve food, not just drinks, so you can grab a table and have some apps or a meal with your soft drinks and enjoy the entertainment.

Lynchburg, Virginia
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7. Re: First trip to Key West

Drinking is a certainly one part of Key West life, but certainly not the MAIN or primary reason to visit Key West. So much awesome food, and great music. You'll find plenty to do.

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8. Re: First trip to Key West

Sirabi is right, you don't have to drink to enjoy the music and food in many of KW bars.Just walking up and down Duval St. is fun.

New Jersey
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9. Re: First trip to Key West

You can even go snorleiing or kayaking or SUP'ing or day-sailing without feeling cpompelled to take a drink.


Berwick, Maine
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10. Re: First trip to Key West

There are alot of things to do without drinking,

Shipwreck Museum, Aquarium, Mallory Square at Sunset, Butterfly conservatory, Climb the Lighthouse, Hemmingway House, Little Truman, Watersports, tour Ft. Zachary Taylor and relax at the beach there, Mel Fisher's, and lots of shopping and eating establishments.