If you are fortunate to come to Miami, Florida, a must visit is to
the southern most town in the US, Key West. You can either take
a ferry from the Miami Seaquarium in the morning and return on the
same day. (check the Internet for phone No., schedule, and price.),
but I strongly recommend as my family and I have done many times
to drive because you want to experience all the bridges and especially
the seven mile bridge, next to the old bridge built by Henry Flagler
decades ago. On your way to Key West you will pass towns that have
the sea shell stores outside, a must see. In some of these stores you can
buy a very delicious perfum called White Orchid or Orange Blossom, only
about $3.50 last I bought. It stays all day and it is great!
Before you get to the seven mile bridge in Marathon, you will see an old
Mr. Flagler's train on your left hand side, that is a store museum, there if
you like can buy a ticket to ride from that same place, you leave your car
parked there, go on an open train like across the street to pigeon key
travelling on the old seven mile bridge. There at pigeon key you will go
in the museum and see the films of Mr. Flagler when the inauguration of
the train from Miami to Key West, how it was being built, etc. The train
operated until 1932 I believe when a hurricane destroyed it and caused
many workers to die. Great trip this way to pigeon key. From there, back in
your car go over the new seven mile bridge in front of you to Key West.
This is a fun town, you can stay in one of the old houses, visit American
author Hemingway's house which continues to have the cats walking all over,
see his library, personal artifacts, etc. Go on nearby to visit Fisher's Museum
from when Mr. Fisher discovered the Atocha galleon with all that gold,
or if you stay on the island or get there before 8:00 a.m. you may want
to go to the pier at the end of Duval Street to get the ferry to Dry Tortugas.
There you will see a monument to the ship Maine that sailed from there
to Havana where it exploded at the harbor around the end of the 19th century.
Visit Sloppy Joe's where Hemingway spent fun time; experience lots of singing,
happy atmosphere and beer drinking. Your visit to Key West will be a unique
experience. Ah, let me mention the art galleries, beautiful stores to look at
or if one can afford it, to buy beautiful souvenirs and art.
Pigeon Key festival is usually in February, can check the Internet for exact
Last but not least if you like key lime pie, visit Turtle Key lime store and eat
a delicious one of a kind key lime pie. No kidding, my daughter and I have
gone to Key West from Miami just to eat it, that's how wonderful it is!!
Lots of walking on Duval Street, mostly all viewing on the island is on foot
or scooter rental. Now a word of caution, make sure the scooter brakes work
and it is in safe condition for there have been some fatal accidents. Better yet,
get the small train when you enter the island and go all around town on and off
all day for a small price and safer.
Have a very happy time travelling wherever you go, but remember Florida
has many great attractions and Key West is a great destination.
Directions: Take the Florida Turnpike south, will end on US1, continue on it
all the way to Key West, that simple.
West Palm Beach, Florida.
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