We celebrate here like no where else in the world

FOR MANY PEOPLE, THE HOLIDAYS — ostensibly a time to give thanks, gifts and gestures of goodwill toward those less fortunate — have evolved into a nightmarish whirlwind of stressful moments, all leading up to someone getting punched over a plate of burnt marshmallow-topped tubers. To hear Bing Crosby tell it, we’re doing it all wrong. We should be lying […]

Key West Holiday Gift Guide

Though at first glance it might appear shopping in Key West is limited to offensive T-shirts, paintings of dolphins and souvenir shot glasses, look closer and you’ll find a vibrant marketplace brimming with gifts to fit every budget and aesthetic. From local artisans crafting future heirlooms to fine wines and apparel, Key West has done well to transcend its reputation […]

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 Streetwww.southernmostpointwebcam.comThe city of Key West erected this now-famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denotethe southernmost point in the continental United States. 2. Conch Tour Train303 Front St., Key West(305) 294-5161 or (888) 916-8687www.conchtourtrain.comThe Conch Train has been windingits way through the streets of Key Westsince 1958. 3. Sloppy Joe’s201 Duval St.(305) […]


Melanie Petrarca

Key West can sometimes feel like a circus. It’s full of clowns and ringleaders (sometimes one in the same), animal acts, trapeze walkers and jugglers, music, colorful parades, junk food on the corner, and unexpected thrills and surprises at any given moment. Which should make Melanie Petrarca feel right at home, since she performed as a Las Vegas-style dancer in […]


Peace Store and Little Red beautify Duval Street

The Buddha once said, “Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” Valsin Marmillion and Juan Pisani, or simply Val and Juan to their many friends, have taken this sentiment to heart. Though they live mostly under the radar, the pair are causing underground waves in Key West with their innovative ideas and two unique shops on Duval Street […]


SPECIAL EVENTS The Tree of HopeA Benefit for theKey West AIDS MemorialDec. 1, 7-9 p.m.Kelly’s Caribbean Bar,Grill and Brewery301 Whitehead St. Keys Chorale HolidayHarmoniesDec. 2, 7-9 p.m.Florida Keys Community College5901 College Road City of Key West’sAnnual Holiday ParadeDec. 3, 7-9 p.m.1200 Truman Ave. to Duval Streetand then down Duval Breakfast andPhotos With SantaDec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The Marker200 […]

Key West Burlesque’s Holiday Show Spectacular

Key West Burlesque presents its ninth annual Holiday Show Spectacular: “The 12 Days of Strip-mas.” Enter a world of holiday cheer and joyous fun Dec. 2 and 3 at The Studios of Key West. “The 12 Days of Strip-mas” is a circus-style extravaganza that brings the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas” to life. Key West Burlesque’s creator […]

Meet the Authors: Vaughn Garner, Ralph de Palma and Rob O’ Neal

Dec. 1, 6 p.m. Books & Books @ The Studios continues their Meet the Authors series. This event features three local authors who bring their literary flair to our little island. This month join us for a glass of wine and meet Ralph de Palma, Vaughn Garner and Rob O’Neal, who will be featuring their beautiful Key West photography books. […]


The Legendary Paul Cotton

I was 20 years old, back in 1978, when I first heard the song “Heart of the Night” on the radio in Louisville, Ky., when it was first released. As I watched Paul Cotton playing it on the stage at Schooner Wharf last night, almost 40 years later, I wondered how many times he has played it from then till […]

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