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Key West, the Conch Republic

“Change your Attitude without Changing your Latitude”

The charming town of the Key West marks the end of Route 1 and is the perfect excuse for a road trip along the scenic Overseas Highway.   It was declared the Conch Republic by spirited locals who know they may be only 60 miles from mainland Florida, but they feel a world away.   You will too!

And with a dessert restaurant called Better Than Sex, how can you not love it?

 

Start your day on Cayo Hueso, or Island of Bones, with yoga on the beach, then indulge in Lobster Benedict and mimosas at the well-loved Blue Heaven.

Head downtown to Hemmingway’s house and the Lighthouse Museum, to learn some history of this storied southernmost town.

Then jump on your bike and search out Eaton Seafood for some crab claws – the perfect picnic for Smathers Beach, made complete with a homemade limeade off a street truck nearby!

Afternoons can be spent on a jet ski tour that circumnavigates the island, fishing the flats with my local guide, visiting the neighborhood farmer’s market, or touring the Civil War fort in the Dry Tortugas National park.

You will never forget an afternoon with my bike ambassador, Lloyd, who can play Strangers in the Night on his conch shell while he machetes local delicacies off the trees for you to taste.

Spend sunset in a kayak tour of the mangroves, or just wander Mallory Square to check out the local artists.  Where else can spend $15 on an old tomato can, hand-cut and spatter painted to become a lumiere?

Drive over to Stock Island to the unlikely-named Hogfish Bar (whose slogan is “It’s great if you can find it!”)

Or do our Dinner Crawl throughout Key West’s diverse restaurant scene, with a different delicacy at each venue.  Rare Finds promises you it’ll be 3400 Calories in 34 hours!

Contact Melanie for information on booking a Conch cottage!

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