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RokIsland Fest 2023 - Classic Rock Returns to Key West

Jul 5, 2022 9:00:00 AM / by Key West Express posted in Insider, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront, Outdoor, Events

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The very first RokIsland Fest was held, January 14-17th, 2022 brought some of the biggest bands on the planet to the tropical island of Key West for an unforgettable 4 day event that featured headlining acts by BIG names such as Cheap Trick, Night Ranger, Bret Michaels, Dee Snider from Twisted Sister, Dokken and so many more. Due to the over the top success of this event, the festival committee decided to add another day to RokIsland Fest 2023.

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Key West's Southernmost Buoy - A Tale Throughout the Ages

Mar 22, 2021 3:08:40 PM / by Key West Express posted in Attractions, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Outdoor, Information

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Definition of a "Buoy" - "an anchored FLOAT serving as a navigational mark, to indicate reefs or other hazards or for mooring".   The southernmost buoy's claim to fame is being one of the most photographed and visited attractions in the United States.  The buoy is an impressive 12' tall, 7' wide and made out of approximately 4 tons of solid concrete!

The current marker actually didn't exist until 1983 when it was commissioned and installed by the City of Key West and painted by local artist Danny Acosta.

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Your Key West Snorkeling Guide

Mar 8, 2021 5:23:39 PM / by Key West Express posted in Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Outdoor, Sports, Information, Beach, Kids, Snorkeling

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Famed for its surrounding glistening, turquoise, crystal clear waters, Key West is an international destination for snorkeling, diving and fishing.   If you're like me, then you remember Jacques Cousteau and his fantastic underwater adventures.  Or.... If you don't know who that is (google him!!), then maybe David Attenborough and his modern day explorations into our undersea wonders, will thrill you.  

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Fun Family Vacation Ideas for the Whole Crew

Oct 21, 2020 10:52:22 AM / by Key West Express posted in Museums, Water Activities, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Fort Myers Beach, Marco Island, Outdoor, Fort Myers, Information, Beach, Kids

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126.1 million people visited Florida in 2018, making it one of the premier tourist destinations in the world.

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Five Best Couple’s Vacation Spots in Florida

Sep 11, 2020 12:49:26 PM / by Key West Express posted in Attractions, Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Casual, Outdoor, Fishing, Shopping, Information, Beach

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Being one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, Florida offers endless vacation ideas for couples. From romantic getaways to luxury retreats, the Sunshine State has it all.

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World's BEST Sea Shelling - Sanibel and Captiva Islands

Sep 4, 2020 9:00:00 AM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Outdoor, Fort Myers, Beach, Kids

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Sanibel Island, located in Southwest Florida, off Fort Myers, has been crowned by experts as the best U.S. shelling spot, as well as one of the best in the world (according to Coastal Living). Collecting Sanibel seashells is a favorite pastime for beachgoers from around the world. Because of the abundance of seashells found on Sanibel and Captiva, they have rightfully earned the reputation as the "Shell Islands".

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Six Reasons You Need to Visit Fort Zachary Taylor in Key West

Apr 28, 2020 10:02:36 AM / by Key West Express posted in Museums, Water Activities, Attractions, Activities, Waterfront, Beaches, Outdoor, Tours, Beach, Kids, Snorkeling, Bikes

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Are you planning a trip to sunny Key West?

If so, you're in good company. Over 5 million people visit the Florida Keys each year, with Key West being one of the most popular islands to explore.

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The Most Unforgettable Things to Do in Key West in the Summer

Apr 8, 2020 12:59:08 PM / by Key West Express posted in Water Activities, Activities, Waterfront, Walking Distance, Beaches, Casual, Old-Town, Shopping, Beach, Snorkeling

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There are so many fun, exciting, and historical things to do in Key West, that even despite challenging times, tourism has stable growth!

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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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