Exploring her history and the Key West museum

THE STRAITS OF FLORIDA THAT STRETCH between Key West and Cuba were a treacherous place to be in April 1980, but for Cuban refugees brave enough to attempt the crossing from one island to another, fear had become an old friend. Cubans were long terrorized under a regime that — under the guise of restoring freedom — turned neighbors against […]

OIRF opens five private homesteads with stories of survival, renewal

Our island — and the rest of Florida — did not become part of the United States until the administration of James Monroe, for whom our county is named. But lack of early presidential visits did no diminish the strategic importance of our port, for both military and trade purposes, which brought growth to this island outpost. Little exists from […]

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 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 streets of Key […]


Alan Nelson: You can call him Al

There is no better place to watch a Key West sunset than from a seat at the Sunset Pier at Ocean Key Resort, located at 0 Duval Street. The colorful seats and patio umbrellas line the pier that shoots out into the Gulf of Mexico, with a broad view of the blue sea horizon, with picturesque Sunset Key, Wisteria Island, […]


SPECIAL EVENTS Key West We Love You  A love filled burlesque review Feb. 16, 17, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Night of the Living  Feb. 15, 16, 17, 20 and 21, 7 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Historic Walking Tour: Truman  Annex and Whitehead St.  Feb 17, 10 a.m. The Custom […]

Re-greening the Keys: GardenFest

Celebrate the recovery of the Keys as GardenFest, a fair of nature, arts, crafts, food and entertainment for the whole family, returns to the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free admission. Shop for plants, and artworks amid the cooling greenery that is rapidly regenerating at […]


Your guide to where the locals go for happy hour drink and food specials. Alonzo’s  700 Front St. 4-6:30 p.m. Half-price appetizers Bagatelle  115 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price drinks $5 appetizers Blackfin  918 Duval St. 4:30-6:30 p.m. $7 menu Blue Macaw Island Eats and Bar  804 Whitehead St. Every day with live music 4-7 p.m. $3 well […]

Award-winning ‘Night of the Living’ opens Feb. 15 at Key West Theater

Winner of the Best Overall Play at the New York International Fringe Festival, “Night of the Living,” by Dave Lankford, opens at the Key West Theater Feb. 15. In the play, which cross-cuts between two distant but parallel nights, Mia and Marshall confront the most intimate and difficult choices of their lives in both humorous and heartbreaking moments as a […]

‘The Gin Game’ at Fringe Theater

“The Gin Game” opened on Broadway in 1976 with husband and wife actors Jessica Tandy and Hume Cronyn. It was revived on Broadway in 1997 and received two Tony nominations and went on to win the Pulitzer Prize. The story focuses on two nursing home residents, Weller and Fonsia, who pass the time with a seemingly harmless game of Gin. […]

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