Early January, I escaped the Seattle weather for a week in Key West. It was my first trip to the area and I was anxious to see all the sights.
I took a redeye out of Seattle (note to self: don’t do that again) and I had a direct flight to Miami with a short connector to Key West International Airport. My first impression of Key West — and this with maybe 90 minutes of sleep – was “what are all these chickens doing here?” Really. I was later to find out that there are wild chickens (hens and roosters) all over the island, including the loading and unloading zone at the airport.
My second impression was, ahhhh; it’s warm. While the Seattle climate is much better than many people face in the winter, it wasn’t the mid 70’s to early 80’s temperatures I enjoyed for the next week. Here’s another note to remember – winter vacations to warm climates are nice.
Cars aren’t really needed in Key West. The area is incredibly walkable, and if you don’t like to walk, you can rent bicycles, scooters and golf carts. Tour buses are all over the place. A lot of companies advertise the most convenient, cheapest, interesting and flexible tour bus. I spent the first day, albeit in a sleep deprived fog, just walking. It kept me awake so I could get on Key West time and it gave me a great flavor for the town.
Visitors can fall in love with Key West; think the town, the atmosphere and the climate are perfect. I liked Key West. The week I spent there was great, but it was probably the ideal amount of time for me.