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Key Lime Pie Stars in ‘Sweet’ Key West Festival

Fans of sweet, tart Key lime pie can salute the Florida Keys’ signature dessert, and the tiny fruit that inspired it, July 3-7 during the annual Key Lime Festival. Events include a (very messy!) Key lime pie–eating contest, “limey” dining delights, a wacky Key lime pie drop, and culinary and libation tastings.

By |2024-06-12T12:39:26-04:00June 12, 2024|

Escape to Key West

Visitors to Key West will find palm-shaded streets, picturesque historic homes, a lively multicultural culinary scene and a flourishing arts community. But perhaps the most appealing aspect is the mellow, easygoing pace of life — a pace that inspires new arrivals to release everyday pressures, breathe deeply and absorb the island’s revitalizing rhythm.

By |2024-05-29T15:06:54-04:00May 29, 2024|

No Name — But Ramshackle Charm and Great Pizza

It’s called the No Name Pub, and it’s billed as “a nice place if you can find it.” But the out-of-the-way location doesn’t keep people from discovering the quirky eatery — or becoming captivated by its historic “Old Keys” charm, world-class pizza and ramshackle décor that includes interior walls papered with dollar bills.

By |2024-04-17T13:44:17-04:00April 17, 2024|

Beware of Strange Bedfellows in Strange Key West Race

In most places, beds are reserved for sleeping or amorous activities. But not in the Florida Keys’ colorful Conch Republic — where, on a Saturday afternoon in late April each year, beds on wheels are propelled by teams of strange bedfellows along Key West’s Duval Street in the Conch Republic Blue Ribbon Bed Race.

By |2024-04-03T10:25:45-04:00April 3, 2024|

Florida Keys Fun Facts … and Arnold’s Exploding Bridge

Florida Keys fun fact: Years ago, during an action-packed confrontation between Arnold Schwarzenegger and a pack of dastardly villains, missile strikes blew up the Keys’ Old Seven Mile Bridge. Okay, that isn’t STRICTLY factual, but it’s based on fact — one of many offbeat facts that give the island chain an engagingly colorful vibe.

By |2024-03-20T14:49:18-04:00March 20, 2024|

Pucker Pros Take Center Stage in Key West’s ‘Conch Honk’

Maybe chart-topping rock stars aren’t abandoning their guitars to play the conch shell. But that’s okay — because the “pucker pros” playing pink-lined shells were treated like rock stars at Key West’s recent Conch Shell Blowing Contest. The event saluted the Florida Keys’ seafaring heritage and centuries-old use of the “conch horn” for signaling.

By |2024-03-13T12:46:25-04:00March 13, 2024|

‘Business Travel’ … With a Key West Twist

A Key West vacation should be an escape from “real-world” business pressures, and a chance to remember that personal priorities are far more self-defining than professional ones. For those who can’t let go of the business-first mindset, Keys Voices presents three guidelines to ease potential guilt during a pleasure trip to the island.

By |2024-02-14T13:24:46-05:00February 14, 2024|

Seeing Stars in the Lower Keys

The Lower Keys are so well known as a stargazer’s paradise that, for four decades, the tranquil region has been the site of an exclusive gathering called the Winter Star Party — a gathering beside the Atlantic Ocean that provides an unparalleled opportunity for astronomers and enthusiasts. This year, it’s set for Feb. 5-11.

By |2024-01-18T11:29:48-05:00January 17, 2024|

Begin 2024 With Three Fantastic Key West Music Festivals

Want to get 2024 off to a memorable start? Then plan to savor sunshine and stellar talents at three Key West music festivals set for January and early February — featuring current and classic icons of the hard rock, Red Dirt/Americana and country/pop genres performing outdoors in the island’s typically balmy “winter” weather.

By |2024-01-03T16:47:28-05:00January 3, 2024|

The Sunny Tale of Santa Keys

In the Florida Keys & Key West, the holiday season is welcomed with great fanfare, festivities and flair. But for those who aren't lucky enough to be celebrating in the island chain, "Santa Keys" has dreamed up a special surprise. Discover the jolly guy’s warmhearted plan — and have a joyful and meaningful holiday.

By |2023-12-20T11:09:14-05:00December 20, 2023|
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