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With more than 500 years of history packed into a two-mile wide island famous for its shimmering teal waters, fresh sea-food, dazzling nightlife, and anything-goes bonhomie, Key West has many layers. Put yourself on relaxed island time as soon as you arrive and don’t try to see it all in one visit. There are, however, a few to do’s that […]

Huey Lewis & the News headlines Keystock



“The Power of Love” is coming to Key West. The Grammy-winning hit-makers Huey Lewis & the News rocked the country with that smash hit 30 years ago with the release of their album, “Fore!” The enduring band is coming to town on Saturday, April 2 to play Keystock Music Festival 2016. That includes Mr. Lewis (lead vocals and harmonica), Johnny […]

An insider’s look at Key West




The most traveled and visible street in Key West is only the beginning, the surface, of what the town has to offer. Ask the locals about their favorite spots, stroll through quiet neighborhoods or down alleyways off Duval and you’ll begin to dive deeper into the quieter, more diverse and less readily apparent offerings. Here are 8 spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

Area attractions

1. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory 1316 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2988 or (800) 839-4647 www.keywestbutterfly.com More than 50 different butterfly species from around the world and 20 different exotic bird species coexist in this climate-controlled, glass-enclosed habitat that includes waterfalls and flowering plants. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 […]

Love, sparkle and merriment: What every wedding is made of



Nothing captures a diva’s fancy more than a wedding. It combines all of my favorite things: love, sparkle and merriment. I adore weddings so much that one can max out the photo storage limit on my iPhone faster than you can say, “I do.” And because I get so excited about weddings, I can tend to overthink my outfit. For […]

WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO



THEATER 42nd Street – At the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall Jan. 26-31. Show times vary. $40-$75. 13350 FSW Pkwy. 481-4849 or bbmannpah.com. The Amish Project – By Theatre Conspiracy at 6 p.m. on select dates Jan. 22-Feb. 7 at the FSW Black Box Theatre, Building L. A matinee starts at 2 p.m. Feb. 7. $24 adults; $11 students […]

Hemingway’s Key West legacy and six-toed cats



The crown jewel of Key West’s rich literary legacy, which has attracted writers such as Tennessee Williams, Ralph Ellison, Robert Frost and Carson McCullers, is Ernest Hemingway’s old home at 907 Whitehead Street. The sprawling two-story property is a National Historic Landmark where Mr. Hemingway lived and wrote during most of the 1930s. It is also famously home to about […]

BARTENDER OF THE WEEK

Jay Graham, Dante’s

Jay Graham is a Key West islander made if not born, like many who have migrated here from the mainland. You’ll find him on any given day out by the pool mixing drinks and tending to his regular following at Dante’s, a bar and grill perched on the water, where he can take a moment to enjoy his favorite time […]

DRAG LIFE

Sushi: the house queen of 801 Cabaret

I’m at 801 Bourbon on Duval Street looking for an interview with a drag queen named Sushi. Sushi runs the 801 Cabaret upstairs. With its campy, uninhibited drag shows that have run nightly for years, it’s a Key West landmark and Sushi the house queen. Spelled out on the wall behind the bar in huge letters lit with orange bulbs […]

Where the music led us: Duval Street




When you look at a map of Florida, you don’t generally notice the specks that curve out from the tip toward Cuba. One of the specks is Key West. It’s an easy place to avoid not just geographical notoriety, but also the disapproval of buttoned-up mainland America. The uninhibited sexual culture is the most well-known example of the town’s famous […]


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