Yes, his name was Frank.
So, I think this is a good time to review how to spend 24 hours in Key West without having to wire home for money.
8am – Rent a Bike
|"Drinking and biking" doesn't seem as|
dangerous and "drinking and driving."
The best way to get around Key West is most certainly on two wheels. I’ve rented from Eaton Bikes before and they were very courteous and economical. I actually rented a tandem bike there for just $25 a day. Or you can get a regular beach cruiser for $18 a day. Once you have your bike, you can see the sights.
8:30am – Banana Café
The. Best. Breakfast Spot. Ever. The crepes are delicious and the omelettes are scrumptious. Or you could choose something else from their menu with a French feel. The prices aren’t bad either. The egg and cheese crepe is less than $6. Even though this early morning spot is on Duval Street, it’s not near all the crowds.
9:30am – Southernmost Point
From Banana Café, it’s just a short jaunt south on Duval Street to the Southernmost Point.
It gets really crowded here as tourists line up to take their picture in front of this landmark, so it’s in your best interest to get here early. Then, jump over to the next street, Whitehead, and take it north, until you find yourself at…
10am – Hemingway House
Now, I love me a good museum, and what better museum than one dedicated to one of the most influential writers of our time, who loved to drink, and who also allegedly had six-toed cats?
|None of these cats would show me a six-toed paw!|
Now, it’s not been confirmed that Hemingway actually had six-toed cats at his residence in Key West, but it has been confirmed that he wrote a lot in this house.
|Hemingway apparently wrote "A Farewell to Arms" in Key |
West... could it have been in this room?!
It will cost you $13 per person to see the Hemingway House, a price worth it just to imagine what it was like to be Hemingway, and to live in Key West in the 1930s.
11am – Fort Zachary Taylor State Park
If you’re not from Florida, this will be shocking, but the beaches in Key West are actually no bueno.
Still, it’s worth seeing, so ride your bike from the Hemingway House, south on Whitehead, until you see signs for the park.
|I'm drinking a Key West Sunset Ale on the beach in Key West...|
doesn't get any better than this!
Most importantly, the beach is free.
1pm – Lunch at Croissants de France
A great lunch spot, this company actually catered my sister-in-law’s wedding. The food can be a little pricey, with sandwiches running about $11-$12, but the food is outstanding.
2pm – Explore Duval Street
Key West is definitely a city where you can people watch and window shop for hours.
You’ll see some pretty interesting things in the windows and you’ll likely see drunk people all over the streets, even at two in the afternoon.
|This is both an interesting sight and a drunk|
person - killing two birds with one stone!
5pm – Mallory Square
At the northernmost end of Duval Street, you’ll find a place *great* for watching street performers.
Wander around, enjoy a few, but don’t watch the sunset here, because there’s a better spot down Duval…
6pm – Watch the Sunset (may have to adjust the hour depending on the time of year)
Even though you’ll catch a great view of the sun disappearing beyond the horizon at Mallory Square…
|Not too shabby|
The view from the top of the Crowne Plaza La Concha absolutely cannot be beat.
7pm – Dinner at Mangoes
I think I’ve eaten at Mangoes on every trip to Key West I’ve taken.
|This is circa 2008. Not sure why my hair is so |
Not only is the food solid, but the restaurant’s location is very central, right on Duval Street near many of the good bars (and drag shows!)
8pm – Drinking on (and around) Duval Street
This is what Key West is all about. Before my sister-in-law and brother-in-law got married in Key West, Frank and I joined them in a reconnaissance mission to plot the perfect bars to visit at the most opportune times. We have the list down to a science. Stay tuned for “24 Hours in Key West – Nighttime Edition” tomorrow…
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Bike rental: $18/day
Breakfast: About $6 per person
Hemingway House: $13
Total Cost: $69 (appropriate amount for Key West – of course, I did not include drinks in this amount… that can vary from $20 to $2,000, depending on how your journeys down Duval Street actually go… and that’s in the daytime!)
Best Deal: Watching the sunset for absolutely nothing
Where do you find the best deals for the day in Key West?