The HOLIDAYS in Key West

Celebrate like a local this season

WHEN MOST PEOPLE THINK OF THE holidays, it’s not typically visions of palm trees and sandy beaches that dance through their heads. Alas, “Key West” and “White Christmas” are kind of polar opposites (no Santa-inspired pun intended). But while our friends up north are dreaming of sugarplums and freezing their bundled up tushies off, we here in the Florida Keys […]

Key West Holiday Gift Guide

On the surface, shopping options in Key West are not exactly myriad or varied. T-shirt shops (with the obligatory “EVERYTHING $5!!!!” signs in the windows), stores hawking lotions and potions of dubious efficacy, and all manner of trinket and tchotchke peddlers crowd Duval St, luring unwitting purchasers into emptying their wallets for mass-produced junk. Though it may seem like Key […]

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 Street, 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 Whitehead Street The city of Key West erected this now famous concrete buoy in 1983 to denote the southernmost point in the continential 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 streets of […]

World AIDS Day, Dec. 1: March to the Key West AIDS memorial

On World AIDS Day, Friday, Dec. 1, at 4:30 p.m., join the Friends of the AIDS Memorial, city and county officials and Key West residents and friends in front of the historic Key West City Hall on White Street. There will be a short candlelight march to the only official AIDS memorial in the United States at Edward B. Knight […]


A glass of wine with Aggie

“Would you like a glass of wine?” Agnese Avotina-Gilbert asks me. I want to tell her that I am good with just ice water, but all it takes is one quick, knowing look sent my way and seconds later I am sipping on a delicious glass of pinot noir and I can’t say that I regret it one bit. Agnese, […]

SALT Gallery presents “Mystical Entities”

For the month of December, SALT Gallery (830 Fleming St., will feature “Mystical Entities”, a new collection of unique mixed media sculptures by local artist and Captain Karen Luknis. To celebrate the opening of the show, SALT will be hosting an opening reception at the gallery from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1st. Karen is a self-taught […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Xena Fund BenefitDec. 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.Patrick and the SwayzeesDec. 1, 9 to 11 p.m.Sidebar at Aqua504 Angela St. Literary Walking ToursDec. 1, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.Dec. 2, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.Monroe County Library700 Fleming Tree of Hope – AIDS MemorialQuilt ExhibitDec. 1, 7 to 9 p.m.Key West Art and Historical Society281 Front St. 2017 […]

Test your Key West knowledge with ‘The Best Key West Trivia Book Ever’

Key West knowledge is worn like a badge of honor, but how much do you really know about the southernmost city in the continental United States? Test your knowledge and prove your prowess with “The Best Key West Trivia Book Ever.” This brain-busting book is the latest offering from David Sloan and Phantom Press. It contains 500 questions in 50 […]


Your guide to where the locals go for happy hour drink and food specials. Alonzo’s700 Front St.4-6:30 p.m.Half-price Bagatelle115 Duval St.4-6 p.m.Half-price drinks$5 Blackfin918 Duval St.4:30-6:30 p.m.$7 menu Blue Macaw Island Eats and Bar804 Whitehead St.Every day with live music 4-7 p.m.$3 well drinks, domestic beersand house Boathouse Bar and Grill400 Greene St., #4084-6 p.m.Half-price well drinks […]

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