My favorite part about Key West is the nightly sunset celebrations. I'm already a sucker for a good sunset viewing and Key West does it well with plenty of street vendors and the best mojito in town from famous local, Jimmy, at his truck outside of the Westin. I'm tempted to start my own sunset celebration tradition in our backyard in Greenville now!
Ned and I both love fresh seafood so we took full advantage of eating on the water during our stay. We enjoyed all of the restaurants we tried and need to go back to add to this short list of favorites. The best part about going in December before the Christmas crowd was that we never had to wait for a table and great food was easy to find anywhere.
Here are a few places to hit up if you're headed to the keys:
Waterfront Brewery - The name is self explanatory! Great atmosphere and fresh fish. We shared fish and chips and a tasting flight.
Old Town Bakery - cute breakfast spot around the corner from Eden House. Their breakfast sandwich on a fresh brioche bun was delicious!
Blackfin Bistro - tiny spot on Duval Street with great service and amazing food. I was sold on this place as soon as the perfectly baked piping hot bread and soft butter was served. We had conch cakes, Iron Horse Rose bubbles, and grouper - all delicious!
Southernmost Beach Cafe - We drank a mudslide on the beach outside the bar. This began our desert tour of Key West!
Mattheessen's - Ice cream (try the dulce de leche and almond fudge ice cream) and cookies the size of your face.
La Creperie - We split a buckwheat galette filled with egg, avocado, goat and white cheddar cheeses, salad, and sausage and fresh fruit.
Marker 88 - Bloodline fans unite! You'll recognize this waterfront restaurant if you've seen the show. It's in Islamorada and the atmosphere is unmatched. We had lobster bisque and crispy yellow tale while watching the sun set over the water.
Other Things to Do in Key West:
Boating - We rented a boat from Spencer's Boatyard to explore Key West from the water and spent the day cruising around, swimming, and napping on the boat. It was a little pricey but totally worth it!
Biking - We borrowed bikes from Eden House ($15/day) and cruised around Key West. We rode through the Truman Annex, the cemetery, and up and down Duval Street. Lots to see by bike!
Sunset Celebration - Grab a mojito from Jimmy's truck outside of the Westin and enjoy watching the sun go down. The "Cat Man" show is an interesting one to catch if you're down by the water...let's just say it involves trained cats jumping through hoops of fire!
Ned and I agree that we need to go back to Key West to really get the full experience but this little taste of the keys was just the get away we needed after a long, full, and fun year!
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