Where in the world can you go and walk from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico in less than an hour? The answer – Key West, Florida. The island actually sits between the two bodies of water which makes exploring this quaint town a fascinating and educational journey. Because of it’s small size, walking is the main form of transportation in Key West. And a walking tour is by far the most interesting and informative way to get to know this island, rich in lush scenery, American history, and Bahamian inspired architecture.
Starting out at the very south end of the island, you will find yourself at the southern most point of our country. Take in the beauty of the Atlantic Ocean and take advantage of a unique photo opportunity at this famous, historical marker. Walking north on Whitehead Street, you can leisurely view Key West’s classic conch homes and inns, with palatial two-story porches, shutter flanked windows, charming framework, and white picket fences overflowing with colorful foliage. Weaving up and down side streets along the way, you’ll also find various eatery gems off the beaten path.
Continue down Whitehead to 410 Caroline Street where you’ll come across a tiny cottage once visited by the famous poet Robert Frost. The building is now open as the Heritage Museum. Trek down a block or so to discover the Curry Mansion Inn which was purchased in 1975 by a New York couple named Edith and Al Amsterdam whose family still operates it today as one of Key West’s most popular bed and breakfasts. Beautiful columns and balconies adorn this 28 room inn filled with eclectic antiques. Guests can enjoy a full breakfast and happy hour drinks daily.
Make your way down Caroline Street to Margaret Street and you will soon find yourself at the Seaport Harborwalk. Stroll the seaport to Schooner Wharf Pub and eat fresh seafood while you sit amongst towering ships docked in the marina. Take a snorkeling or sunset cruise out to a coral reef in the Gulf of Mexico. Also visit the Conch Republic restaurant for open air, waterfront dining in a laid back, casual atmosphere. There are several large hotels and resorts along the water that you can visit for a drink or dinner.
Further down along the water, you will discover the bizarre and beautiful charm of Mallory Square where the sunsets are magnificent and the entertainment – a tad weird. Fire eaters, jugglers, daredevils and more make Mallory Square Key West’s own little circus. It’s a must see!
Backtrack a bit to Duval Street and wrap up your tour with an authentic piece of Key Lime Pie or stop for a nightcap or five. Key West’s free-spirited nightlife awaits you. Visit Sloppy Joe’s, Hogsbreath, Margaritaville, Irish Kevin’s and more for fun cocktails and lively music. No need to worry about appointing a designated driver, remember you’re on foot!