So you want to get away to a tropical destination but don’t have 10-14 days available? Would rather not have to deal with international travel and walking to most attractions is ideal? Think no further than Key West. You can fly directly there or compare the fares to Ft Lauderdale/Miami and rent a car. Drive through the Keys and stop for fresh conch chowder along the way. Honestly, Key West hasn’t changed in decades. There are ample B&B’s and also a taste of Hyatt, Westin and the beautiful Ocean Key Resort. However, these are smaller in design and blend in well with the local color. I’m a foodie and can honestly say the best dinner I have ever had was at Louie’s Backyard. Located on the southern end of Duval Street, reservations are required. It does lean towards the expensive side but it will be the best investment you make in a culinary experience! All of their fish is freshly caught hours before it hits your plate. Reserve a table on the water’s edge outside deck about 30 to 40 minutes before sunset. I still have the picture of our special dinner there framed on the wall above my desk.

In simple words, Key West is laid back. Walking along the main drag, Duval Street, you’ll come across local artist galleries, restaurants and shops. You won’t find national brands here. The focus is all on local business, which makes everything very unique. Their motto has long been “ live and let live “. Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams made Key West their home for years. Their artistic and literary vibe is still true to form today. Every aquatic sport is available just steps away. However, fine dining, amazing sunsets, and a stroll through the Conch Republic are all you’ll need.