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Top Choice State Park in Big Pine Key, Bahia Honda Key & Looe Key

Bahia Honda State Park

This park, with its long, white-sand (and at times seaweed-strewn) beach, named Sandspur Beach by locals, is the big attraction in these parts. As Keys beaches go, this one is probably the best natural stretch of sa…
Top Choice Museum in Key West

Museum of Art & History at the Custom House

Those wanting to learn a bit about Key West history shouldn't miss this excellent museum at the end of the road. Among the highlights: photographs and archival footage from the building of the ambitious Overseas Hwy…
Top Choice Museum in Islamorada

Florida Keys History of Diving Museum

You can’t miss the diving museum – it’s the building with the enormous mural of whale sharks on the side. The journey into the undersea covers 4000 years, with fascinating pieces like the 1797 Klingert's copper kett…
Top Choice Square in Key West

Mallory Square

Take all those energies, subcultures and oddities of Keys life and focus them into one torchlit, family-friendly (but playfully edgy), sunset-enriched street party. The child of all these raucous forces is Mallory S…
Top Choice American in Key West

Blue Heaven

Proof that location is nearly everything, this is one of the quirkiest venues on an island of oddities. Customers (and free-roaming fowl) flock to dine in the ramshackle, tropical plant-filled garden where Hemingway…
Top Choice Seafood in Key West

Thirsty Mermaid

Aside from having a great name, the pint-sized Thirsty Mermaid deserves high marks for its outstanding seafood and stylish but easygoing atmosphere. The menu is a celebration of culinary treasures from the sea, with…
Top Choice Seafood in Islamorada

Lazy Days

One of Islamorada's culinary icons, Lazy Days has a stellar reputation for its fresh seafood plates. Start off with a conch chowder topped with a little sherry (provided), before moving on to a decadent hogfish Pose…
Top Choice Gardens in Key West

Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden

Nancy, an environmental artist and fixture of the Keys community, invites you into her backyard oasis where chatty rescued parrots and macaws await visitors. Come at 10am when Nancy gives an overview of these marvel…
Top Choice Cultural in Key West

Fantasy Fest

Akin to New Orleans' riotous Mardi Gras revelry, Fantasy Fest is 10 days of burlesque parties, parades, street fairs, concerts and loads of costumed events. Bars and inns get competitive about decorating their prope…
Top Choice Bar in Key West

Green Parrot

The oldest bar on an island of bars, this rogues’ cantina opened in the late 19th century and hasn’t closed yet. Its ramshackle interior – complete with local artwork littering the walls and a parachute stretched ac…