Confession: I actually need 0 reasons to go to Key West, but writing about this tiny land of relaxation and free flowery makes me extra happy. As I’ve said before, I’ve got a permanent case of nostalgia.
It could be that I’m a writer and we’re notorious for “living in our heads”, but there’s an added excitement I get in planning a trip, anticipating for it to happen and reminiscing about it in post. Course, I LOVED my actual experience, but i’ll take any opportunity to stretch it out. Here are 5 reasons you should get your ass down to the most easygoing place in the Florida Keys.
These people are the nicest, most accepting bunch of island hippies we’ve ever met. Our very first stop at Viva Saloon pretty much solidified the local vibe. I ordered a piña colada because I was feelin’ sassy but they did not make it there. In comes Paul Murphy, quite possibly the loveliest manager we’ve ever met. He made me a hand-crafted piña colada, even taking the time to crush ice in a ziplock bag for frozen feel. I understand these people being happy, they live in paradise and all, but really this was too sweet. Key West locals are everything.
Above all else, Key West is a place of genuine leisure. If the lido deck of a cruise were converted into an awesome little island populated by the happiest hippies on earth, that would be Key West. Whether you’re in the mood to get white girl wasted on Duval, or be really classy about your drinking in that Hemingway sort of vibe, you will have the most authentic experience here.
The Sunrise (& Sunset)
Although I live in Miami and we get plenty of that, I think the sun is just different in Key West. As nonsensical as that sounds, I’m stickin’ to it. The sun shines brighter in this beach town, and you actually have time to experience it no matter where you are on the island. It’s breathtaking. Even in Miami I forget to marvel at the sun. In Key West, it comes up every day (and we know because there are roosters all over the island to tell you about it) and it’s a morning miracle with your coffee.
Freshest seafood I’ve had in Florida. It’s not that we don’t get fresh catches in Miami, but Key West is such a small, homegrown town, the time your fish takes to get from the sea to the table is cut in half. The best part is you can have extremely fresh dishes at a lower or higher-end price tag. Depending on what degree of baller you are feelin’ like.
This is the kind of town built for rubbernecking. I took so many photos of people’s houses, I questioned if it was creepy at one point (then immediately dismissed that thought because of course it's not, people here would never mind me staring shamelessly at their houses). Everywhere you look there is an adorable cottage-styled house that makes you want to have iced tea and swing on a hammock. Old Florida is the Ron Burgundy of pants parties.
Have you visited Key West, Florida? If you're planning to, what are your reasons to visit?