Resolve to Discover Key West
It’s a new year full of new possibilities. For those whose wanderlust is never satiated, Key West has the perfect offerings to quench your thirst. From historic homes, and water adventure activities, to iconic bars and stunning sunsets, there’s a new experience for everyone. So, to kick off 2016, here’s our guide to help you resolve to discover Key West’s best.
If you’re looking for adventure…
Hindu Charters takes you sailing in style. Since 1925 the classic schooner has been voyaging through Key West waters. The best part? The schooner comes complete with a boat dog named Finnegan! If you’re an ocean lover, try Fury Water Adventures. Fury offers snorkeling in ocean reefs, parasailing, water sports, and a variety of sunset sails and cruises. Uniquely, they offer a glass bottom boat ride, so that passengers can see vibrant fish and Key West wildlife up close. Or, spend the day venturing Fort Zachary Taylor, a quintessential Key West beach, complete with water sports and beach chairs for a relaxing day of sunbathing.
If you’re looking for a little history …
What’s a trip to Key West without a visit to the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Built in 1851, the Spanish Colonial sits on a lush garden filled space. Home to many six-toed felines—it’s definitely one of the wonders of Key West. While you’re looking back into history, make sure to stop at the Harry S. Truman Little White House. Tours of the house and the botanical gardens are offered daily. In fact, the annual symposium, The Truman Legacy Symposium Harry’s War: The Legacy of the Korean War is coming up this March. The Truman house sits within walking distance of Mallory Square, a bustling hub for shopping, restaurants, hotels, performances, and more. Watch the sunset at the nightly Key West Sunset Celebration complete with musicians, magicians, jugglers, clowns, psychics, and food vendors!
If you’re looking to try a local dive …
… and we don’t mean scuba! Make sure to stop into one of Key West’s most iconic dives, Green Parrot Bar. They describe themselves as a “rugged and ragged council of friends.” Or, try your hand at Sloppy Joe’s, famous for their iconic Papa Look-alike contest in July to find a modern day Hemingway lookalike! If you’re a beer lover, but in the mood for something a little more refined The Porch, a craft beer and wine bar located in the heart of downtown Old Town Key West, is the perfect destination. Their beer list boasts an impressive 18 taps and over 50 more bottled beer options.
Whether you’re looking for exciting water excursions, a taste of local history, or a popular dive to kick back and enjoy a brew at after a long day, there’s a perfect experience for everyone in Key West. When it comes to discovering all this one-of-a-kind city has to offer, we recommend taking a cue from our locals: don’t rush, take it easy, and keep an open mind to new opportunities. Here’s to an adventurous 2016! And no better place to stay than the Marker.