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The Florida Keys is a destination that affords visitors a wide array of options from arts and culture to nature to hip clubs and so much more. The Keys are a kid friendly vacation destination while still being an excellent destination for singles and couples. The Florida Keys are the epitome of laid back relaxation with options for everyone. read more about The Florida Keys, shift down and lay back out of the rat race.

Bahia Honda State Park

Bahia Honda State Park

  • Mile Marker 37.5
  • Big Pine Key
  • tel:+1 305 872 2353
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  • Key West, 33043

In 2008, the New York Times listed this as one of the top '31 Places To Go This Summer' and it will not disappoint. In 1992, the beach there was named among America's Top 10 Beaches, by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach. Bahia Honda is a days-off dream. With 492 acres, Bahia Honda boasts three sandy beaches -- some of the best in the Florida Keys, which are rare. This one is rivaled only by Marathon's Sombrero Beach. Shallow-water snorkeling and fishing from the beach, plus an abundance of wading and shore birds, kayaking and great views of the Old Bahia Honda Bridge complement the Sand and Sea Nature Center. read more about Bahia Honda State Park

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

  • 907 Whitehead Street
  • tel:+1 305 294 1136
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  • Key West, 33040

Key West was to have been just a stopping-off point for Hemingway when he arrived on the ferry from Havana in 1928. But the Ford automobile that should have been waiting at the docks was delayed, so the embarrassed car merchant offered the author accommodations at the Trevor and Morris Apartments located above the dealership. During his stay there, Hemingway worked on "A Farewell to Arms" and became captivated by the island's easygoing ambiance.What he discovered fed his exuberance for living, heralded the beginning of the most prolific period of his career and inspired him to use Depression-era Key West as the locale for "To Have and Have Not" - his only novel set in the United States.In a short time, Hemingway moved into a Spanish colonial villa at 907 Whitehead St., which was his home through December 1939. Now a registered National Historic Landmark, the home is open to the public as a museum honoring the island's most famous literary resident.Ernest Hemingway wrote many of his best-known works in the second-story writing studio that adjoins the house. Among them were "Death in the Afternoon," "For Whom the Bell Tolls," "The Green Hills of Africa," "The Fifth Column," "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" and "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber." Following his death in 1961, the unpublished manuscript that was to become "Islands in the Stream" was found in a vault in the property's garage. His zest for life, literary accomplishments and enduring affection for the island he called home throughout the 1930s are commemorated during the annual Hemingway Days celebration each July. The schedule includes a popular look-alike contest, authors' readings and presentations, an exhibition of rare Hemingway memorabilia, a three-day marlin tournament, an offbeat "Running of the Bulls" and the culmination of a short story contest directed by author and Hemingway granddaughter Lorian Hemingway. Hemingway Home & Museum open 365 days a year, 9am-5pm daily. read more about Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

Bahia Honda Wildlife Observation Site

Bahia Honda Wildlife Observation Site

  • 36850 Overseas Hwy.
  • tel:305-872-2353
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  • Big Pine Key, 33043

Visiting Bahia Honda State Park is a wonderful experience any time of the year. The white sandy beaches of Bahia have been listed on America's best beaches list. Even with the profusion of tourists, viewing wildlife is still very good. The lush tropical hardwood forest is nearly an impenetrable thicket for humans but a favorite for birds. Canoeing the mangrove narrows provides both quiet solitude and sights of migratory birds. The best time of year is spring and fall when you're likely to see the black-whiskered vireos and mangrove cuckoos. Year-round you may spot the 14" smooth-billed anis, which very similar to the common blackbird with the exception of the thick bill with an arched ridge. An interesting note is that this bird enjoys the impenetrable thickets as much as the wide-open country meadows.

Walking along the beach affords sights of a number of birds including legions of brown pelicans, soaring ospreys, crying gulls and skirting sanderlings. Lurking at still-waters edge, you may spot the double-crested cormorants, great blue heron, little blue heron, and the great white heron. If you visit Bahia Honda during the winter months, you will likely see a plethora of white ibises, willets, sandpipers, ring-billed gulls and royal terns. A good birding book and binoculars are a welcome accompaniment.

Park staff provides guided nature hikes and snorkeling expeditions.

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Bike About Key West Authors Tour

Bike About Key West Authors Tour

Seven Mile Grill

Seven Mile Grill

  • 1240 Overseas Highway
  • tel:(305) 743-4481
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  • Marathon, 33052
Mangoes Restaurant & Catering

Mangoes Restaurant & Catering

  • 700 Duval Street
  • tel:+1 305 292 4606
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  • Key West, 33040
Old Seven Mile Bridge

Old Seven Mile Bridge

  • Mile Marker 47, U.S 1
  • U.S. 1
  • tel:+1 800 352 5397
  • Pigeon Key, 33050
Historic Seaport at Key West Bight

Historic Seaport at Key West Bight

  • 100 Grinnell Street
  • tel:+1 305 293 8309
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  • Key West, 33040
Lazy Days South

Lazy Days South

  • 725 11th Street Ocean
  • tel:(305) 289-0839
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  • Marathon, 33052
Southernmost Point in the Nation

Southernmost Point in the Nation

  • Corner of Whitehead & South Streets
  • Key West, 33040
Mallory Square

Mallory Square

  • 300 Duval St
  • (at Front St)
  • tel:+1 305 296 4557
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  • Key West, 33040
Blue Heaven Restaurant

Blue Heaven Restaurant

  • 729 Thomas Street
  • tel:+1 305 296 8666
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  • Key West, 33040
Hog's Breath Saloon

Hog's Breath Saloon

  • 400 Front Street
  • tel:305 292 2032
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  • Key West, 33040