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When you enter Key West, you come to a fork in the road. If you turn to the left, you will very quickly discover the beaches along the south side of the island. If you fly in, this will be the road you take when exiting the Key West International Airport. You would be mistaken in thinking that Smathers Beach is the only one on Key West. If you keep following the road, always keeping to the left, you will also come upon several others in the Old Town area ... Rest Beach, Higgs Beach, Broken Glass Beach, Dog Beach and South Beach. The White Street Pier is the location of the city's AIDS Memorial. In this area you will also discover West Martello Tower, a pre-Civil War era fort, purchased and partially refurbished by the Key West Garden Club and a favorite site for weddings. Another beach worth a visit is at Fort Zachary Taylor, an 87-acre state park with another pre-Civil War brick fort.
If when you enter the city you make a right turn, you will discover the newer area of town. Here you will find some hotels, restaurants, malls, and a movie theatre. As you follow North Roosevelt Boulevard, you will pass by Garrison Bight and Charterboat Row, where Key West's charter fishing boats dock. Even if you don't charter a trip, a visit to Amberjack Pier, at the end of the day when the fleet comes in, is well worth your while.
As you cross over Eisenhower Drive, North Roosevelt Boulevard becomes Truman Avenue and you have entered Old Town Key West, the island's historic district, one hundred blocks of old wooden houses. The most fantastic of these were built in the 1800s, when the island's wealthiest citizens were making huge fortunes from wrecking, sponging, and cigar manufacturing. Key West is recognized as a model city of historic preservation, and these homes are lavish with elegant details and elaborate gingerbread trim.
Some of these beautiful buildings are still residences, but many have been converted into Bed and Breakfast establishments and inns, and even restaurants. Many of the homes of celebrities, both local and international, are now museums and are open to the public. Fifteen acres of Old Town comprise the 150-year-old City Cemetery. Located at Margaret and Angela Streets, it is the final resting place for many of Key West's most famous and infamous characters, and is well worth a visit.
Duval Street, the city's main thoroughfare, is jokingly called the longest street in the world. It begins at the Gulf of Mexico and ends at the Atlantic Ocean. Here you will find many interesting places to spend your time, and money, as it is chock full of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and bars, many featuring live music during day and evening hours.
Mallory Square, on the harbor at the end of Duval Street, is host to the daily Sunset Celebration. Hosts of vendors selling handmade items, as well as performers, gather each day to sell their wares or entertain the tourists.
About two blocks to the east of the lower end of Duval Street, at Key West Bight, you will find the Historic Seaport. Key West's old waterfront area holds several fine restaurants, shops, and watering holes. It is also the staging area for several water related activities like reef excursions, sunset cruises, and the ferries to historical Fort Jefferson. There is also plenty of marina dockage for both sail and powerboats.
Price: varies by cottage


Street: 17500 Overseas Highway
City: Summerland Key
State: Florida
Country: United States


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