By Summer Brons
Key West
Florida
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Briefly known as The Conch Republic in 1982, Key West is one of the most visited cities in the United States. This Southernmost location in the country is just 90 miles from Cuba, and packs a lot of punch for only being two miles wide and four miles long. Ask someone who has been to Key West what first comes to mind when they think of the city, and they'll probably answer with either "Duval Street" or "saltwater fishing", but Key West is more than just spirits and swordfish.    

Booking your trip to Key West is easy through EscapeWizard.com. Key West has its own airport, Key West International Airport (EYW), and is only 160 miles from Miami International Airport (MIA), or 190 miles from Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL). The drive from either of these two cities down to Key West is a beautiful one, so if your travel plans allow for it, you may consider flying into FLL or MIA and renting a car to continue the rest of the trip. Guests can book their flight arrangements by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php). Vacationers can book their flight arrangements with EscapeWizard.com as well by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).       

The fun begins immediately upon arrival in Key West, whether you're looking to get right to bar-hopping or spend an afternoon exploring the attractions. Since the island is rich in history, there are a number of exciting museums and places of interest. EscapeWizard.com recommends taking a tour of Earnest Hemingway's house for a glimpse into the author's interesting past, and to play some of the approximately 60 cats living on the grounds. Nearby the Hemingway House, the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory is a family-fun activity where visitors walk through an amazing living showcase of thousands of butterflies. Additional must-see spots include the Key West Shipwreck Historeum, Lighthouse Museum (climb all 88 steps!), and Pat Croce's Pirate Soul Museum.     

As you may have gathered, Key West is a drinker’s paradise. With over 200 bars and restaurants on the island, there is no shortage of watering holes. EscapeWizard.com certainly encourages responsible enjoyment, and doing so on Duval Street is a must. This busy strip is home to the infamous Sloppy Joe's Bar, where Hemingway himself used to spend much of his time. Duval is also host to numerous celebrations and festivals throughout the year, although the people-watching here is prime, regardless of scheduled activity.    

Also spectacular in Key West is the plentiful fishing. There are some 225 species of game fish that inhabit the beautiful waters surrounding the Keys, and there are fishing charters aplenty for those hoping to catch the next big one. Whether you prefer flats fishing, light tackle fishing, or deep sea offshore expeditions, you'll find the opportunity here. For those looking to get on the water but perhaps not to catch the things in it; there are breathtaking sunset cruises, Jet Ski rentals, snorkeling, and even parasailing available.    

EscapeWizard.com knows that sometimes vacations need a little downtime, and Key West can give you that too. A variety of unique shops and boutiques await shoppers, or one of Key West’s cozy beaches can complete that island getaway feel. Fort Zachary Taylor is home to one of the island's best beaches, and is accessible to the public for cost of admission. Higg's Beach hosts the White Street Pier, which allows fishing and has restrooms within walking distance. South Beach is a favorite of the locals with shallow water and ample sand, or you can always explore the other beaches of Key West and pick your own favorite!     

So whether you're looking for a place to let loose and get crazy or an ocean-bound oasis for relaxing and slowing down a bit, Key West is an ideal vacation spot. Let EscapeWizard.com help you plan your Florida vacation, and find out for yourself what the Key West hype is all about.
Hotels in Key West
By D. Gregory Perrin
Courtyard Key West Waterfront
3031-41 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL
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During your next holiday to Key West, Florida, vacationers should look into making their hotel reservations at the Courtyard by Marriott. This hotel is located in the middle of the island on the north side. Guests can make their way to the hotel and enjoy complimentary parking. You enter into the newly remodeled lobby and check in starts at 3 p.m. on the day of your arrival to Key West.

There are 49 rooms in the hotel as well as 19 suites.  There is a color television with cable including HBO. All of the rooms come with a mini frig, coffee maker, hair dryer as well as iron. The suites come with a refrigerator, sleeper sofa, and microwave. This hotel is smoke free and does not allow it in rooms or suites. Each room or suites has a patio or balcony.

The hotel has a large array of amenities. Vacationers can easily make it to the west side of the island where all the nightlife is on the shuttle that runs between 8 a.m. and 11 p.m. Before you go downtown, make sure to check in with the concierge desk for assistance with things to do. There is an outdoor pool that is available for guests to relax and swim in. Also the hotel provides a fitness center for those who would like to maintain their normal workout regime; which is a 24 hour per day amenity. The whirlpool is to die for as well, guests can soak after a long day.

EscapeWizard.com knows you will just love your stay at the Courtyard by Marriott. Check out lasts all morning on the day of departure up to 12 p.m. We can help you find the cheapest rate available by clicking this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to start your search for low pricing.
Hotels in Key West
By Summer Brons
Crowne Plaza
430 Duval Street, Key West, FL
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History meets luxury at the Crowne Plaza La Concha hotel in Key West. This National Historic Landmark first opened in 1926 and has been tending to guests ever since. Enjoy an excellent location and modern amenities during any visit to this memorable island.    

Easily within walking distance to historic sites, must-see attractions, fishing charters, and and all the shopping and dining excitement of Duval Street, the Crowne Plaza provides guests with convenience both on-site and off. 24-hour business and fitness centers are available for use, as well as a swimming pool, gift shop, and professional concierge service.     

Guests can enjoy the multitude of bars and restaurants around the island, or can take advantage of Crown Plaza's variety of dining options right on the premises. Jack's Seafood Shack serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner; The Top offers a rooftop view of Key West and features a full bar and appetizers; Starbucks coffee is on-site; and the Poolside Bar allows for convenient refreshment while relaxing. Room service is also available for guests seeking privacy or romance.     

When it's time to turn in for the evening after an exciting day exploring the island, guests can luxuriate in the comforts of their well-appointed rooms. All accommodations feature 42" flat-screen televisions, CD players, coffee makers, toiletries, hairdryers, high-speed wireless Internet, phones with voicemail, and complimentary weekday newspapers. The rooms have various options; smoking and non-smoking rooms are available, some rooms offer balconies, and suites feature sleeper sofas as well. Priority Club Rewards members will earn points for their stay at Crowne Plaza.     

Whether visitors have come to Key West for adventure and excitement, or a relaxing getaway, the Crowne Plaza is sure to satisfy each guest with its prime location and upscale amenities. Just click here (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Key West
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort
245 Front Street, Key West, FL
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Located on the serene Sunset Key, and offering 24 hour transportation to and from exciting Key West, the Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway. This resort is located on seven acres of land on the island of Sunset Key. You will be surrounded by quiet, white sandy beaches, beautiful water and plenty of outdoor activities. You can also take the ferry to Key West, where you can enjoy the lively nightlife, unique art galleries and wonderful restaurants. Some of the attractions include the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, the Key West Aquarium and Mel Fisher's Maritime Museum. Of course you can also enjoy fishing trips, snorkeling and many other water-based activities.

Back on Sunset Key, you will find the ultimate in relaxation in your cottage, available with one to four bedrooms. The cottages offer views of the pool, garden or ocean, and the four bedroom cottages feature a private plunge pool. All cottages offer a separate living space with a full kitchen, which can be stocked with food and beverages before your arrival upon request. Start each day by enjoying your complimentary breakfast basket, with muffins and orange juice. You will also find flat-screen televisions, iPod docks and complimentary wireless high speed internet access. These cottages, decorated in island-inspired pastels, are sure to please.

You can spend your days relaxing on the private beach or by the outdoor pool. Lounge chairs and cabanas are available for all guests, and you can enjoy food and beverage service while you relax. You can keep active by taking advantage of the tennis courts or fitness room, or pamper yourself with spa treatments at the Spa at Sunset Key.

Flippers Pool Bar serves up delicious cocktails, as well as burgers, salads and other light meals to keep you satisfied as you enjoy the fresh air. You can also try Latitudes, a casual restaurant with outdoor seating and a beautiful view of the water, serving Caribbean-influenced cuisine.

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