Key West, The place that my family prefers to travel to the most, is a place of relaxation and adventure that never seems to get old. Our first visit to Key West got us hooked the moment we stepped off of the cruise ship. I was 13 at the time and since then, we have made an additional 3 trips to Key West. Our last trip in particular will forever be in my memory because of the blizzard that we escaped from in my hometown of Dayton, Maryland. When we were planning the trip months before, we had accounted for me and my sister missing 3 days of school (although that may have been morally wrong, airline ticket prices during spring break are absolutely horrendous!), but thanks to the blizzard, we ended up missing no days of school. We stayed at the Sheraton Suites, which is conveniently located far enough away from town that you don’t hear the city noise, but is still only a 10 minute shuttle ride to the activities of downtown Key West. The resort itself is beautifully landscaped with impressive courtyards and a magnificent pool/spa area. It is also located across the street from a beach that is open to the public. In my experience though, the best beach on Key west is the Fort Zachary Taylor Beach. Although it costs a small amount to enter for the day, it provides a relaxing atmosphere with excellent off the shore snorkeling unrivaled by other beaches on the Key.
We have been to good places to eat, bad places to eat, and almost everywhere in the middle in Key West. One of my most highly recommended restaurants on the Key is El Siboney. Their cuban cuisine is consistently good and they are also reasonably priced. Willie T’s is another exceptional restaurant. Located on Duval Street, it offers a uniquely Caribbean atmosphere with american food. My final suggestion for amazing dining is Jack Flats. Located in the heart of downtown, it provides a fun dining environment and is an excellent place to watch your favorite sports game.
As far as activities go, Key West will never get old. Every time we go, we find something new and exciting to do. Some of my favorites include the Hemingway Home, The Truman Little White House, and Sunset Water sports Snorkeling. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is another great way to pass the time. It’s exhibits include a real gold bar that you can hold and multiple items pulled from wrecked ships.
Key West is a place that you can visit time after time and still find it fresh. In 3 trips, I have yet to grasp the total Key West experience. My dad and I recently obtained our scuba diving certifications and that will open up new doors of adventure for us in Key West, which is home to the continental United State’s only living reef. I look forward to returning to the Key and continuing our endeavors.
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