After designing a cottage in Key West and having the furnishings installed, I spent some time on the island. At 4 mi long and 2 mi wide, Key West is home to just over 25,000 people.
A half day trip to the national park of Dry Tortuga was very special. We took a seaplane the 70 miles to the island with Fort Jefferson on it and spent several hours exploring the Fort and the surrounding waters.
Another morning, a kayak trip was two hours of pretty heavy paddling through mangrove water paths where we saw sea cucumbers, fish and star fish.
The best Key West hotel I think is the Southernmost on the Beach. It has beautiful rooms, view and a great staff including concierge extraordinaire Jules! Certainly much different from the Washington D.C. hotels I’m used to, but fun all the same!
Best Key West shopping is at the very eclectic Besame Mucho in Bahama Village.
There is very distinctive key west architecture that is very much of the island.