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Get a taste this year’s Key Lime Festival

IN TERMS OF SIZE, THE KEY LIME CITRUS AURANTIFOLIA TO BOTANISTS — isn’t the most impressive of citruses. It’s not the rarest, or the biggest. The plant itself isn’t gorgeous, either — it’s thorny, scrubby and prone to whitefly infestations. It apparently arrived in the Keys via Spain, by way of Sicily, by way of North Africa, by way of […]

Key West ideal place to celebrate what’s great about America

LATELY, THERE’S BEEN A LOT OF TALK ABOUT making America great again — and a lot of arguing over what that should mean, exactly. Tempers get lost, things get heated, and suddenly Uncle John and Cousin Daenerys aren’t speaking to one another. It’s enough to make you want to move to Canada (or at least threaten to do so while […]

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 Point The corner of South Street and White head Street The city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train 303 Front St., Key West (305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687 The Conch Train has been winding its way through the […]


Ka-boom! Miss Firecracker Pageant explodes Friday, July 1

Lorelei Productions has announced this year’s Key West Miss Firecracker Pageant. The 2016 competition is set for Friday, July 1, in the upstairs Crystal Room at La Te Da, beginning at 8 p.m. Miss Firecracker “will scorch Key West,” promised Rodney Ross, public relations/ marketing coordinator for AIDS Help. The show will be hosted by Lorelei, a former Miss Key […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Miss Firecracker PageantJuly 1, 8 p.m.The Crystal Room at LaTeDa1125 Duval St.Tickets at (305) 296-6196 Key Lime Festival July 2-4 Schedule at Gin BlossomsJuly 2, 6 and 9 p.m. Big Bad Voodoo DaddyJuly 5, 8 p.m.Key West Theater512 Eaton “Bad Jews”June 30, July 1-3, 8 p.m.Red Barn Theatre Summer Stage319 Duval St., #2Redbarntheatre.comTickets at (305) 540-6102 […]

‘Bad Jews’ is savagely good comedy

A death in the family is sure to bring out the worst in people. It’s an unhappy truth, according to playwright Joshua Harmon, and he makes the most of it in his hilarious hit play “Bad Jews,” opening Wednesday, June 29, for a two-week run at the Red Barn Theatre in Key West. The play is the opening mainstage production […]

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 life-like 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 […]


Grubby’s Key West evolution

“What a long, strange trip it’s been” could not be a better description for Mark Francis Grohol’s evolution from who he was when he first arrived in Key West 20 years ago to where he’s ended up today. Locals and returning tourists might know him better as Grubby, the gregarious bartender at the Galleon Resort and Marina’s popular oceanside Tiki […]

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 […]

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