January 31, 2011

Key West Sights

I'm recounting bits of our Key West vacation. If you're playing catch-up, here's  bit #1 and bit #2.

So what's a girl to do after a leisurely breakfast of flaky croissant and Cuban coffee? The good news? There's lots to do in Key West. One thing I DON'T recommend? The Ernest Hemingway house:
1. The smell of male cat spray is potent.
2. Entry fee was $12. EACH. $24 can buy a lot of croissants and Cuban coffee. And can I tell you? It is the most popular tourist attraction in Key West. Over a half million people go through the house every year. That's $6 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR alone in entry fees.  And they ain't doin' a lot with all that money because,
3. There are no exhibits or interpretive material anywhere, only tour guides. The tour guides are actors speaking from a memorized script. And they repeatedly say nasty things about Hemingway's "Key West wife" (their words, not mine) Pauline - how she was angry when Hemingway built a fountain out of a urinal (supposedly) or how outrageous it was to build a pool using Ernest's money, when it was her uncle who bought the house for them in the first place. It happened enough to be really annoying.

I DO recommend the Key West lighthouse.



And a walk along Key West's bight (inner harbor).



And the beach. Please go to the beach. And the sunsets. Please also? Watch them. And? (maybe you'll see a theme developing here) I searched high and low for the best key lime pie in Key West. I suffered. I really did. For you, dear reader. So you would not have to suffer as I did, but could go right. to. the. best. key lime pie. It can be had at Blue Heaven. Enjoy.

Why do I live in New England? Someone please tell me.

9 comments:

  1. I ask myself the same question every day. Too much snow here. Anyway, thanks for the tips and the light house looks just amazing.

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  2. Why Oh Why did you SHOW US the pie???!!! YUM!!! Now...guess where I'm heading?...And no, it won't be to Key West to get a look at the Ernest Hemingway house!! ^_^ Think...KITCHEN!

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  3. We were just in Key West briefly last summer and we didn't bother to pay all that money for the Ernest Hemingway house so I'm glad you said it was a bust! We actually stayed in Key Largo because it has a lot better diving but we drove down to Key West for a day. We drove all the way from WI to Key West and back!

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  4. I love love love Blue Heaven, though I prefer their Banana Heaven. . . I'm only 4 hours away but I don't get down there nearly enough

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  5. Ashley - seriously. I am a nice mid-western girl transplanted to the east coast. I am not supposed to WANT to live in Key West, right?

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  6. I love the lighthouse photo! and the Key Lime Pie... mmmm :)

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  7. dude- i am OBSESSED with blue heaven!! it's my favorite restaurant in key west, and i've been to key west A. LOT. OF. TIMES.

    i haven't read your first two bits yet, but did you manage to get out to dry tortugas? please do, next time you visit. it's an absolute treasure-- and if you're up for the adventure, camp overnight.

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  8. Hey Love and a Leash! Although I heard the dry tortugas are amazing, I get really really sea sick. Damamine (sp?) just makes me sleepy and sea sick. I need to try a scop patch closer to home before I try anything on vacation.

    Maybe I'll try the Connecticut river to start!

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  9. I am so ready to be as far south of the snow as possible right now, and your pictures are making me want to go even more!

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