Happy Monday, everyone! I finally had some free time this morning to write about our recent trip to Key West! I had been here once before but it was my husband’s first time visiting.
We decided to ditch the Iowa winter for a few days and head to sunny Florida! Key West was in a “cold spurt” for most of the days we were there (highs around 65 degrees) but, coming from -10 degrees in Iowa, we didn’t mind one bit 🙂
However, we did get a kick out of the locals down in Key West running around in their winter coats and hats!
We didn’t get to do any water sports while we were down there due to the cooler weather and high winds but that didn’t stop us from eating and exploring our way through Key West! The food was absolutely amazing! We had everything from brick oven pizza to BBQ to seafood. My husband and I were trying to decide on a “favorite” restaurant but soon came to the conclusion there wasn’t just one we could pick. From watching the Seahawks play in a local bar, Flap Jacks to a half pound monster cookie sundae at Mattheessen’s – everything was delicious!
One of our favorite restaurants for breakfast would most definitely have to be Pepe’s. A local boutique owner suggested this place and it did not disappoint! This is a local’s hangout but is becoming more known to tourists as well. The outside was deceiving but the food was amazing! Pepe’s is said to be the oldest restaurant in Key West so I’m sure you can imagine what the outside looked like but the history that filled the walls on the inside was a fun way to start our day 🙂
When we weren’t eating our way through the island, we were exploring the beautiful town! Key West is so small that we were able to walk to most of the sites we wanted to visit. However, if you aren’t up to walking, motorized scooters and bike rentals are available on almost every corner! We were able to see the Southernmost Point, Mile 0, and even a few Carnival cruise ships while we were there! But the best scene in Key West has to be at sunset from Mallory Square. We went here every night to catch the sun going down and it never seemed to get old 🙂 Not only do you get to see the sun set but there are also some amazing street performers for entertainment. Definitely a spot to hit if you ever find yourself in Key West!
Key West is a small island with tons of character! The homes here were stunning cottages painted in all types of fun colors. And the buildings that line the mail drag (Duval Street) are just the same! I can definitely see us visiting again sometime in the future 🙂