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Key West Lobsterfest offers a weekend dedicated to loving (and eating) our favorite crustacean.

A PREEMPTORY NOTE: IF YOU’RE OF THE opinion that “real lobster” has two big ol’ pinchy claws and is properly pronounced “lobstah,” then the following may not be to your liking. But if your crustacean preferences are a little more liberal, allow us to enlighten you on the clawless wonder that is the spiny lobster — a delicacy so prized […]

The importance of being Ernest

Hemingway contest returns aller a year’s hiatus.

On this side of 2020 (which we might as well rename “The Year That Wasn’t”), now that many of us are vaccinated and walking around maskless feeling as naughty as streakers running across a football field, it’s only natural to feel a little reflective about how we finally got to this point. Lately, I’ve been thinking most about the second […]

Key West Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours

Bel Mare Restaurant

1. Kim McFall and Matt Carmony2. Nathan Dewolf and Travis Doll3. Victoria Castellanos4. Raquel Crummitt and John Toppino5. Eric Castellanos


Rhett the flamingo stretches his wings at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. It’s at 1316 Duval St. Info: 305-296-2988 or


The tradition of men in skirts goes back decades in Key West.

When it comes to cultural phenomena, there are two general truisms: First, there is nothing new under the sun. (That is to say, nearly every idea we encounter on a daily basis, be it musical, cinematic or theatrical, is a rehashing or a retelling of something that came before.) Second, cultural memory is notoriously short, which typically renders the average […]

Playhouse plans 2021-2022 season

Performing arts organizations easily could call 2020 the lost year. After all, performances were curtailed that March, and many theaters still have not reopened to live performances. That said, Key West Theater has begun hosting concerts. So has Coffee Butler Amphitheater. And Waterfront Playhouse is looking ahead to a 2021-2022 season. Celebrating 82 years of live theater in Key West, […]

Key West museums — have fun and learn something, too

Key West’s subtropical climate means the island is typically blanketed in a viscous humidity that makes a short walk to the mailbox feel like wading through tapioca pudding. Luckily, Key West is chock full of fascinating museums where both kids and adults can attempt to stave off the cognitive slump that begins to take hold when the temperature hits 88 […]


Key West is an artist’s utopia. Vibrant colors, stunning landscapes, dynamic wildlife and a culture that embraces art in all its incarnations are just a few of the infinite reasons why creators of all types flock to the island seeking inspiration. And while you hardly can walk a block down Duval Street without stumbling over an artisan peddling his crafts […]

Key West Pride draws crowds

A Pride Street Fair, held June 5 along the 700- 900 blocks of Duval Street, drew hundreds to see displays and get information from area organizations and businesses. Next year’s pride festivities will be June 1-5.


A trip to Key West means a day on the water.

AFTER A DELIGHTFULLY MILD WINTER and temperamental spring marked cold snaps and torrential downpours, summer has crash-landed in Key West and it is hot. Ice cream melting all over your hands hot. Fry an egg on the sidewalk hot. How can I get away with wearing a bikini for the next three months? When the sun’s intensity becomes unbearable, do as […]

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