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Fun in the Sun: Why Marco Island Beach Should Be Your Next Destination

Mar 4, 2020 3:17:26 PM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Marco Island, Upscale Casual, Information, Beach

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Are you planning a family vacation in Florida? Have you considered beautiful Marco Island Beach as a destination?

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Fort Myers Day Trips | Drive to Key West?

Dec 4, 2019 4:15:13 PM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Waterfront, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Information

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Whether you are in Key West and want to take a trip to the historical Fort Myers for the day or you are in Fort Myers with other vacation ideas (like seeing Key West), you are only a ferry ride away!

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Unique Vacation Ideas in Florida: Road Trip!

Nov 7, 2019 1:37:50 PM / by Key West Express posted in Museums, Water Activities, Attractions, Waterfront, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Seafood, Night Life, Information, Beach, Snorkeling

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Do you need to take a break from your rigorous daily routine? Are you longing to experience a unique vacation in The Sunshine State? A Florida road trip is a great way to clear your head and make memories that will last a lifetime.

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Fort Myers / Sanibel Island Hoppers Festival

Sep 2, 2019 9:56:02 AM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Waterfront, Fort Myers Beach, Bar & Grill, Fort Myers, Night Life, Events, Information, Inn, Beach

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The month of September welcomes one of the most fantastic, largest festivals of its kind in Southwest Florida.   Island Hopper Songwriter Fest is a 10 day event with performances (mostly free) scheduled on Sanibel Island, Captiva Island, Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach.

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On Tap at the Key West BrewFest

Jul 14, 2017 5:46:36 PM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Old-Town, Outdoor, Bar & Grill, Events

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10th Annual Key West BrewFest

August 29 - September 2, 2020


The last 8 Key West BrewFest events have been so much fun and an amazing success for the local charities, the committee is teaming up to bring it to you again! Between 150 and 200 beers and micro-brews are on tap at this "tasty" annual event that benefits the charitable efforts of the Key West Sunrise Rotary Club of the Conch Republic.

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Spectacular Places to Watch a Florida Sunset

Jul 11, 2017 2:15:59 PM / by Key West Express posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Casual

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Like snowflakes, no two sunsets are ever alike. There is no shortage of places around the world to watch our favorite star sink beyond the horizon, igniting the sky with radiant hues that cast magic over the surrounding scenery. However, whether you are overlooking the ocean from beach, pier or boat….Florida offers some of the most spectacular places to view the vibrant range of colors that infuse the sky and shimmering sea – perhaps with a green flash, if you’re lucky.

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Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina - Has Your Lost Shaker of Salt

May 12, 2017 9:00:00 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Luxury, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Restaurants, Casual, Key West Hotels, Pool, Resort, Bar & Grill, Upscale Casual

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Parrotheads of the world unite, it’s time to go Back to the Island!! The Westin Resort and Marina Key West has become the Margaritaville Key West Resort and Marina. This 170+ room resort is the epitome of Key West and now with Jimmy Buffett lending his name to it, only backs up that claim.

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Free Key West Martello Tower & Gardens Tour

Apr 21, 2017 10:54:23 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Museums, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront

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The Key West Garden Club is located at the West Martello Tower, a National Historic site.

  The site was originally built as a protector to Fort Taylor, also on Key West but was rendered obsolete before it was completed.
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Top 3 Things to do for Valentine’s Day in Key West

Jan 24, 2017 3:56:08 PM / by Key West Express posted in Luxury, Water Activities, Waterfront, Restaurants, Casual, Old-Town, Formal, Lunch, Upscale Casual, Holiday

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Make your Valentine feel as special as he or she is! Make memories in Key West by starting aboard the Key West Express. Visitors are drawn to the southern charm and Caribbean influences of this laid-back island city, only 4 miles long by 1.5 miles wide. During the day or at night, the island is alive with sidewalk cafes, world-class restaurants, fishing, watersports, shopping, performing arts, musical entertainment and galleries before the island gathers each evening at Mallory Square for the world renown sunset celebration.
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Fort Zachary Taylor - Part of Key West's Civil War History

Dec 5, 2016 10:09:48 AM / by Scott Schofield posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Outdoor, Tours, BBQ

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What began as part of a 19th century plan to help protect the southeastern coast of the United States, became Ft Zachary Taylor or just "Fort Zach" for short.  During the Civil War, the Union actually seized control of the fort, to prevent it from falling into the hands of the Confederate Army.  Originally the fort was completly surrounded by water, with just a small walkway connecting it to the rest of Key West.  The fort was completed in the late 1860's, though the upper level was destroyed in 1889 to make way for newer weaponry.  The old cannons were then buried within the new outside wall, so that they could save on building materials.

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