Key West is just a flat-out must, a destination that’s so good that if left off any best-of Florida list, you should just stop reading. It’s not just because there’s nowhere in Florida like it: There’s nowhere on the planet like it. The last Key in the chain of islands, it’s the edgiest and most intriguing of them all. Aside from being a fiercely romantic tropical oasis where the smell moonflowers fill the night skies, the former home to Ernest Hemingway is 7-square-miles of plain old quirk. On an average day in the laid-back, debaucherous Key, you will encounter Caribbean villas, art galleries, street performers in Mallory Square, breathtaking sunsets, and perhaps even S&M fetish parades (Fantasy Fest, if you ever get the chance, is pretty incredible). Oh, and obviously the best Key lime pie you’ve ever had at Blue Heaven. The fact is, Key West keeps it weird in the most alluring, enchanting, and ,above all, authentic way possible. And for that, among about a million other reasons, it should never be left off any Sunshine State stopover.
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