You and the rest of the world want to visit the home and studio where Hemingway wrote the majority of his works, and where the descendants of his six-toed cats reign supreme -- you can pet them and photograph them, but don't pick them up! We visited during high season, but now that Key West is a regular cruise ship stop, probably every day is busy. Arrive early and don't be too put off if the line is down the block --if it's around the corner, then you will have a substantial wait. We waited about 15-20 minutes in line to pay at entry, then were greeted by a friendly guide who handed my Russian companion the basic tour text in Russian. Seems like they have most major languages covered, and to me it seemed there were more non-English than English speakers amongst the tourists, Hemingway being something of a cutural-political superstar in many countries besides the US. A group tour is included in the entry price, and it's a good introduction. These tours include about as many people in each tour group as can fit in a room, so on a warm day, it's... warm, a little stuffy. The guide advised us that we could/should come back and visit the rooms and grounds after her introduction, which we did at our leisure -- just a little tricky at times to negotiate the narrow stairs when other tour groups are moving about. The grounds are large enough that you can stroll and relax and find a bit of respite from the Hemingway crowds and the general Key West scene. Visit the cat cemetery, for sure.
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