The Key to My Heart: Seafood, Spirits and Sun – Key West, FL

With California reaching record lows this winter, the key to this little lady’s heart was a trip to island life. *Cue in Kermit!*

This was my second time to Key West and my sister’s first time. While my husband was there training, she and I experienced the relaxing life of the Conch Republic. During the day we enjoyed the artistic stores of the island, taking pictures, happy hours, and a jet ski tour around the island. At night we gorged ourselves with fine dining and the touristy nightlife that encompassed around drinks and music.

The Conch Republic - Key West, FL

The Conch Republic – Key West, FL

Here are some of my favorite spots to check out:

FOOD:
Blue Heaven – don’t mind that you’re surrounded by a ton of chickens, but focus more on the Caribbean atmosphere of outdoor dining, live music, and an amazing brunch.

Blue Heaven - Key West, FL

Blue Heaven – Key West, FL

Blue Heaven - Key West, FL

Blue Heaven – Key West, FL

Santiago’s Bodega – this can get a little pricey since the sizes are extremely small, but they have the most delicious tapas and wine selection. It’s off the beaten path so it’s great to sneak away. I love this place.

Santiago's Bodega - Key West, FL

Santiago’s Bodega – Key West, FL

Antonia’s – delicious Italian food for lunch or dinner! The serving sizes were big with excellent quality. Hands down better than La Trattoria

Dante’s – specifically.. oysters. MMmmm delicious. Doesn’t hurt that it’s right by a pool with a bar either.

Braza Lena Brazilian Steakhouse – Ohhh my gosh.. this is a MUST.. especially if you can eat a LOT. The meats were extremely tender and the seafood was plump with flavor. This was my absolute favorite… I dare call this dining, genius.

Kojin – yes, there was a ramen house! When you get a bit tired of the local cuisine check this spot out.

Kojin - Curried Lamb Ramen - Key West, FL

Kojin – Curried Lamb Ramen – Key West, FL

BARS:
Irish Kevin’s – if you’re looking for a good ol’ fashioned dive bar with over 20 beers on tap then this is for you. They usually have a guy playing guitar and singing covers all day; some who consistently use the crowd for their “look at this idiot” bar humor.

Rick’s – This place is kind of in all-in-one complex. Hip-hop dancing (upstairs), chillin’ at the bar where you can hear your conversation (upstairs), incredibly live rock band cover (downstairs), hungry? get some food or play video games (downstairs). There’s something for everyone.

Half Shell Raw Bar – This is great for happy hour if you’re looking for cheap oysters (not as good as Dante’s though cuz they come out a bit salty) but the Conch Fritters are amazing. Plus, I love bar games and this place has shuffle board.

PLACES:
Southernmost Beach – Eat, drink, and lay on the beach. It gets a little crowded, but with it being a “touristy” beach it’s not that bad. About a block away is where everyone takes the Southernmost Point buoy picture.

Southernmost Point - Key West, FL

Southernmost Point – Key West, FL

Mallory Square – craft wagons, street entertainers, and where everyone goes to see the sunset. This is my favorite spot no the island.

Mallory Square - Key West, FL

Mallory Square – Key West, FL

Mallory Square - Key West, FL

Mallory Square – Key West, FL

Mallory Square - Key West, FL

Mallory Square – Key West, FL

ACTIVITIES:
Commotion on the Ocean – This was gorgeous and a blast that’s definitely worth it: live music, bottomless drinks and appetizers. It’s about an hour and a half cruise that goes by Mallory Square and the island where all the celebrities go giving you a better idea of their luxurious vacation getaways. This trip gives you the perfect view of the sunset that can’t be captured at Mallory Square. And seriously.. bottomless drinks.

Fury's Commotion on the Ocean - Key West, FL

Fury’s Commotion on the Ocean – Key West, FL

Fury's Commotion on the Ocean - Key West, FL

Fury’s Commotion on the Ocean – Key West, FL

Well, I hope someday you make it, and if you do, found my recommendations up to par. =) Let me know if you found any other stand-out goodies.

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