48 hours in Key West

The best way to enjoy two days and nights in Key West

With more than 500 years of history packed into a two-mile-wide island famous for its shimmering teal waters, fresh seafood, dazzling nightlife and anything-goes bonhomie, Key West has many layers. Put yourself on relaxed island time as soon as you arrive and don’t try to see it all in one visit. There are, however, a few to do’s that should probably […]

Captain Josh Rowan and the Schooner Hindu.

It’s early — sometimes still dark — when Josh Rowan awakes inside the belly of a large wooden schooner named Bloodhound anchored in an out-of-the-way marina on Stock Island. The rest of the harbor is still rubbing the sleep out of its eyes when Mr. Rowan takes to the deck to raise an American flag off his boom, followed by […]


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 www.southernmostpointwebcam.com 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 www.conchtourtrain.com The Conch Train has been winding its way through the streets of Key […]


You Gotta Have Faith

Faith Higgins is a Philly girl. Born in Bristol, Pa., raised in Bensalem, her first bar gig was at Club Capri in Levittown. Soon after, she began bartending at Cuba Libre in Philly, where she worked for 5½ years, before coming south to Key West, much closer to where the real Cuba Libre originated. “I came down because of a […]


SPECIAL EVENTS “Avenue Q”  April 5, 6, 7, 10 and 11, 8 p.m. The Waterfront Playhouse 407 Wall St. www.waterfrontplayhouse.org “Native Gardens”  April 5, 6, and 7, 8 p.m. Red Barn Theatre 319 Duval St. #2 www.redbarntheatre.com Dueling Bartenders  Featuring Terri White April 9, 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aqua Nightclub 711 Duval St. Key West Art and Historical  Society  Distinguished […]


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 www.alonzoysterbar.com   Bagatelle  115 Duval St. 4-6 p.m. Half-price drinks $5 appetizers www.Bagatellekeywest.com   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 […]

Data Recovery Project scheduled to perform at Mary Ellen’s Bar

Key West resident and former owner of Voltaire Books Christopher Kush will perform at Mary Ellen’s Bar in Key West as part of the synth-duo Data Recovery Project on Saturday, April 7, from 10 p.m. to midnight. There is no cover charge for this performance. Data Recovery Project combines Hi- NRG dance beats and brooding electronica to explore apocalyptic themes […]

Schooner Wharf Entertainment

Michael McCloud April 5, noon to 5 p.m. Stalwart Key West troubadour Michael Humorous repartee and original songs that exemplify life at this tropical latitude. Cool Duo, Sam Ramos and Michelle Dravis April 5, 6:45 to 11 p.m. Motown, Detroit funk, classic rock, blues and funky pop. Michael McCloud & Friends April 6, 7 and 8, noon to 5 p.m. […]

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 lifelike 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 […]

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