Beat the heat, expand your mind with some great Key West

WE’RE MIDWAY THROUGH June, which means the island is blanketed in a viscous humidity that makes a short walk to the mailbox feel like wading through tapioca. South Florida’s particularly damp brand of summer heat is known for making even the brightest brains feel soggy and slow. Luckily, Key West is chock full of fascinating museums where both kids and […]

Beware Robert the Doll

David Sloan wrote the book on haunted Key West. Literally. It’s called “Haunted Key West,” and it’s terrifying — as is the follow up Mr. Sloan published a few years later, “Ghosts of Key West.” (If you’re sensing a theme, congratulations! You might be blessed with the coveted paranormal phenomenon of ESP.) Mr. Sloan has made a business of scaring […]

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 eight spots that you […]

Getting around Key West

1. Southernmost PointThe corner of South Street and Whitehead Streetsouthernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continentalUnited States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) […]


The Key West AIDS Memorial: History created by compassion

Researching this story prior to the morning of June 12 was an exercise in nostalgia — poignant but pride-inspiring nonetheless. But then the LGBTQ community was plunged into a vortex of evil and hatred. Forty-nine souls were slain and more than 50 wounded for the sin of partying in a popular gay nightspot in Orlando. Vigils were held throughout the […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Key West Critical MassBike RideJune 24, 7 p.m.White Street Pier1800 White St. “Bad Jews”June 29, 8 p.m.Red Barn Theatre Summer Stage319 Duval St., #2Redbarntheatre.comTickets at (305) 540-6102 Pencil me in: The Sketches ofMario SanchezOngoingKey West Art and Historical Society281 Front Key West Country DancingTuesdays, 7:45 p.m.The Blue Room at the Bottlecap1128 Aqua Idol for Florida KeysSPCATuesdays, […]

Its namesake never saw it, but Audubon House still worth a look

It’s midway through the tour of Key West’s stunningly pretty Audubon House and Tropical Gardens that the truth comes out: John James Audubon — famed naturalist painter, whose lifelike paintings of bird portraits line the walls of the museum — never actually lived in the Audubon House. But don’t let this spoiler keep you from visiting; indeed, a visit to […]


Getting sloppy with Jess Murray

Scuba diving is something on many people’s bucket list. Taking it a step further, spending the night underneath the sea in an underwater hotel, is on a few others’ list. That’s how Sloppy Joe’s bartender and adventurer Jessica-Lauren Murray and I met six years ago. After an evening of scuba-ing in a murky lagoon, the two of us slept (in […]

Good times in the Conch Republic

Here are three attractions for the whole family that capture Key West’s artistic inclinations, diverse history and whimsical beauty. Mallory Square The nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is the best free show in town, a center of Key West commerce and performance art ( The square’s history dates back to the town’s early years when it was incorporated in […]


For a comprehensive guide and map to Key West’s finest art galleries, visit connections/gallery_ guide.pdf SPECIAL EVENTS THIS WEEK The Historic Armory Studios600 White St.(704) 819-2487Conchead2@yahoo.comPaintings by Michael J. PhillipsOngoingMixed-media work bySherry Sweet 533-1874 SALT GallerySALT Island Provisions830 Fleming St.SALT Island on FacebookFeatured artist Jill CaldwellOngoing through June 30 Key West Art and HistoricalSocietyCustom House281 Front“Roberta Marks: […]

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