Florida Keys National Wildlife Refuges four-day Outdoor festival is everywhere but indoors

HERE IN KEY WEST, WE TEND TO err on the side of hyperbole. Like Key Lime pie? We’ve got an entire festival dedicated to it. Disagree with a road block on your highway? We seceded from the United States and started printing our own passports. Trying to decide what to be for Halloween? We spend ten full days in costume […]

Ecologically informed guidebook for southern Florida is a landmark success

Because Robert Silk is both knowledgeable and passionate about his subject, there was a good chance his book would be a success. Add the long years of experience Mr. Silk has had sharpening his craft as a writer, and the result is something like a minor masterpiece. Though written for the breed of tourist recently defined as eco-aware or eco-sensitive, […]


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 nine 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 […]


Rick Fusco – from tragedy to paradise

This unassuming, mild-mannered Clark Kent is quite simply a Superman on the guitar. Rick Fusco, at first glance, has more of a banker demeanor than a rock star, but that’s OK because he was a banker for JPMorgan Chase for 20 years, while playing music at night. Kind of his “secret identity” as it were. He was born and raised […]


SPECIAL EVENTS The BoDeans  March 9, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Marc Broussard  March 10, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Get the Led out: The American  Led Zeppelin  March 13, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater 512 Eaton St. Mike Love  March 14, 8 p.m. The Key West Theater […]


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 […]


The free-spirited Lauren Oed

Mary Ellen’s is simply described as a “neighborhood bar.” It offers six different artisan grilled cheese sandwiches, various soups and salads, frozen Irish coffee, draft beer (including PBR), canned beer (even Old Milwaukee) liquor, wine, and “the best French fries in town.” Christopher Shultz and co-owners Rob Sharp and Maria Renna hope to maintain what has become the new hangout […]

Food Trucks in Paradise

It wasn’t long ago that Clint Steckly and Kyle Moon had a crazy idea. They’d noticed that people, it seemed, liked food trucks. In fact, they seemed to love them; Fans of Steckly’s mobile Mexican restaurant Tianos Taco Truck had recently become obsessive, returning three days in a row, waxing poetic on the company’s Facebook page about succulent pulled pork, […]


Old Town artists open their studios to the public for annual tour

Hop on a bike or carpool with a friend and spend an art-filled afternoon exploring the homes and studios of wonderful artists on Saturday, March 10, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Produced by The Studios of Key West, the annual Artist Studio Tours are the event of the season, and they return this year to the charming streets and […]

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