Bring Less And Expect More On This Island Vacation


It’s funny. People who otherwise live fully immersed in the 21st century (hybrid cars, smart phones, Bluetooth) hear the phrase “island vacations” and immediately picture something from “Robinson Crusoe.” They expect to have to fend off angry native headhunters while eating coconuts and sleeping under palm trees. At best, they picture something like “Gilligan’s Island.” Let me tell you that the 21st century is alive and well when it comes to island vacations, and no place is that more evident than Key West, Florida.

Key West certainly has the added bonus of being an island you can drive to, which is helpful both in planning how you are going to get there, as well as if you discover you forgot to pack something important. Along with all of the unique shops and Key West restaurants that give the island its singular charm, there are also nationally recognized drug stores and shopping areas in case you forgot a prescription or break your suitcase. This road also helps bring other modern conveniences, so when you are out for a night of fine dining enjoying the fresh seafood, you can do so either under the gentle trade winds on an outdoor patio or in the cool comfort of an air-conditioned dining room.

As for the natives, well, they will certainly come after you, but only to make sure you try their signature Cuban coffee or the best key lime pie ever, or to help you find a charter for the afternoon so you can snorkel or fish (or both). Key West will give you a vacation from the past with all of the comforts of today.

Traditions and Culture of Key West, Florida

A lot of people are surprised when they arrive in Key West, Florida. They come for the beautiful sunny weather, the stunning ocean views and fresh seafood, and are pleasantly impressed at the depths of history and tradition that can be found on our island. From our burgeoning new island cuisine and fine dining culture, to the incredible awe-inspiring stories of our architecture and history, Key West has a lot more to offer than just sand and water – beautiful as our beaches and boardwalks may be.

One of the most tangible and immediate ways to experience Key West culture is to dine. Engage in lots and lots of fine dining. Outdoor dining, patio dining, kicking back in banquet rooms and laying low in beautiful dining rooms that define casual elegance. New island cuisine is in the process of become popularized. Some of our local establishments are attempting to showcase just how much of a diverse melting pot our island really is, preparing some of the best crab cakes and best key lime pie on the island, all with a slight twist from another culture you might not expect to have had contact with in Key West, Florida. Things like Mediterranean influences, among others, are beginning to make their way into our regional palate. We invite you to come take a food tour of the area on your next visit and really experience one of the most exciting and constantly changing parts of Key West culture.