Sunday, December 14, 2014

Cheap hotels in Key West

There are very few cheap hotels in Key West as it's not a budget place to stay. Key West is a place with a lot of visitors chasing a limited number of hotel rooms - it is a tropical island after all and for 1m visitors a year there are not that many hotels. If you want value you'll need to widen your search to cheap guesthouses and cheap B&Bs in Key West. This is because there are many more good value B&Bs then good value hotels in Key West and also the guesthouses here are generally much nicer and more central. Also if budget and price is a major factor then when you visit Key West will be important. The off season in Key West is up to 40% cheaper.

The golden rules for finding good value hotels, B&Bs and inns in Key West are:

Monday, December 1, 2014

Top 10 posts on Key West Lookout

Here are the top 10 most read articles on this blog since I started Key West Lookout in 2009. Key West Lookout is written by me and only me. I am a regular Key West visitor, and have been taking vacations in Key West since 1998. My aim is to provide the best, most comprehensive and most up-to-date Key West vacation guide on the planet. See you in Key West!

#1: Best time of year to visit Key West








#2: Key West hotels












#3: Top things to do in Key West









#4: What to do in Key West when it rains








#5: Key West restaurants

#6: Gay Key West

#7: Best cocktails and martinis in Key West

#8: Key West guesthouses

#9: Planing a Key West vacation

#10: Key West pictures


TODAY'S SPECIALITY OF THE HOUSE:


ALL MY OWN KEY WEST VIDEOS ON YOU TUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/KeyWestDavid/videos



NEW POSTS COMING SOON…….
  • INGA (FROM AQUA) - A TRIBUTE IN PICTURES
  • KEY WEST BEST BUDGET HOTELS 2014
  • DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK

Sunday, November 30, 2014

When is the best time of year to visit Key West?

Best time to visit Key West is January to May
Most visitors say the best time to visit Key West is January to May because the weather is perfect: it's not unbearably humid yet, and it's so cold at home. In fact, from November to March Key West is the hottest place in the entire contiguous USA. As a result, it's peak season, very busy and super expensive in Key West in these months. The off season (June to December) has its charms, but big downsides too, as I explain below, including a month by month guide.

Let's start with some Key West best time of year Frequently Asked Questions….

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Planning a Key West visit

You're planning a Key West vacation, maybe you've never been to Key West before. It's a fantastic place for a vacation with many things to do, lively, beautiful and friendly. And, of course, the weather is fantastic for most of the year.
Planning a Key West visit. Key West is a small island, 126 miles down a dead end highway, and can be a busy place. So make sure you've done your planning. Shown here is Duval Street in the setting sun. It's not normally this quiet, this is taken during the summer when crowds are much fewer.
This post will answer these questions:
  • When should I visit Key West?
  • How to get to Key West?
  • How bad is the traffic?
  • Where to stop off on the way down the Keys?
  • How long to stay in Key West?
  • Do you need a car / what to so with the car while in Key West?
  • What to wear in Key West?  How formal is Key West?
  • Where to stay and what to do?
  • How good is Key West for children?
So click on the link below and let's get going....

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Welcome to Key West

Welcome to Key West
This blog is for those planning a Key West vacation or if you're already on holiday here.

It'll help you decide if Key West is the place for you. Or, for those already on vacation in Key West, to make sure you don't miss anything.

It's written by me, a fellow visitor to Key West who has visited dozens of times over the years. The blog is totally independent, please feels free to browse the 200 posts covering all manner of subjects related to Key West. This blog is kept up to date, with the latest update on 13 December 2014. 

Where to start?
The top 10 viewed posts on this blog are here. 

Looking for the Best in Key West? You can find that here.

Finally, here's some posts along the Key West useful/fun spectrum.

AT THE TOP, USEFUL BUT NOT THAT FUN......
......AT THE BOTTOM, FUN BUT NOT THAT USEFUL

Me,  Key West David
This is me drinking a Key Lime Martini in Blue Heaven, a unique Key West restaurant:
Key West David in Key West
If you're interested, here's more about me, including how to contact me. I'd love to hear from you. Please leave me a comment in the comment section below, or follow this blog.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Key West Lookout photo blog

Key West Lookout, this blog, is part photo blog and photographs and images of Key West have always been a vital part of the blog from the beginning. There must be more than a thousand images on this blog by now, with more being added all the time. And these selected carefully from the tens of thousands of pictures I have taken in Key West over the years.

Here's my picture of the week, I LOVE it!
Pelicans in free flight during Key West sunrise
click below for more picture of the week...

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Aqua nightclub Key West

Inga on the stage at Aqua nightclub Key West
9pm at Aqua bar and nightclub on Duval Street in Key West is showtime when the Aquanettes hit the stage with their drag show called Reality is a Drag. It's $15 entrance (no drinks included in this price): get there for the 9pm show and, if you like it, you can stay through the next show for free (which is at 11pm Friday and Saturday). This is a great show, good fun, not for the easily offended and highly recommended.
For more pictures of the show and the performers click below…

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Fantasy Fest 2014 live

7 November 2014. Well Fantasy Fest 2014 is well and truly over. Very good fun, great events, absolutely no inhibition (I definitely saw too many naked bodies with body paint), and tens of thousands of beads later. No rain for the main events on Friday and Saturday, and actually great weather. It was super busy on Saturday of the main parade. But then Key West got much less busy immediately before and after the main parade. The parade was ok to good - congratulations to the private groups and individuals who spent so much time on their parade floats. I was not so keen on the corporate floats. Well done to all the people who selflessly organise, and raise money around, Fantasy Fest.

The best: Ten times better than Saturday's parade, and the best event of Fantasy Fest overall, was the Masquerade March on Friday. Brilliant! Key West locals you're the best.

Here's looking forward to Fantasy Fest 2015!

Also on my blog:


My best pictures: I took hundreds of pictures, so here are a very small number of my favorites:
Of the thousands of costumes and fancy dress creations on the 2014 Masquerade March here is my very favorite 
Fantasy Fest 2014 Masquerade March and my favorite picture overall - the view along Simonton Street of thousands of locals and visitors in full costume
One of the brilliant things about the Masquerade March, where everyone expresses themselves as they wish, is the occasional contrast this philosophy produces, like the one shown above 

Fantasy Fest 2014 Key West

Fantasy Fest Key West is a 10-day series of events and crazy parties which ran from 17 to 26 October 2014. The 2015 dates are 23 October to 1 November 2015. This is my guide to Fantasy Fest if you're new to it and are Fantasy Fest curious. Fantasy Fest theme for 2014 was Anim├ęted Dreams and Adventures, 2015's is All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show (who thinks these themes up?!).

Fantasy Fest 2014 Key West
Fantasy Fest 2014 Key West
2014 was the 36th annual Fantasy Fest in Key West and the very best events (in my view) come at the end: the Masquerade march on Friday 24 October and the big showpiece event, the parade on Saturday 25 October 2014.

November 2014: For the duration of Fantasy Fest I ran a live blog which is on another post on this site. Click this link to see nearly 200 pictures from the two main events of this year's Fantasy Fest - the Masquerade March and the main parade.

or....

CLICK BELOW TO READ my guide to Fantasy Fest for newbies and first timers...

Friday, November 7, 2014

Key West signs

Key West sign. This is a good sign (Schooner Wharf)
There are some fantastic signs in Key West. Visually striking signs, funny signs, historic signs, homemade signs, famous signs...I take hundreds of pictures of signs, logos and signage. Here is my selection of my favorite Key West signs.







One Human Family in the Conch Republic
Birthplace of Pan American World Airways Key West - Caroline Street and Whitehead St
Half Shell raw bar sign in Key West. Eat it Raw

To see dozens more Key West signs click below....I've added the newest additions at the top...

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Beautiful Key West

Beautiful Key West
Key West is a beautiful collision of nature, the ocean and the sun at full power. Get off Duval Street and take the time to get into the relaxed and tropical vibe. Beauty in plants, flowers, trees and animals combine with the ocean and spectacular, varied, historic architecture. Add the backdrop of weather (often blue skies) then Key West's getting pretty high on the beauty scale.

You have to come here in person and walk around the place. So all I can give you is an impression. Everything you see below is available in a few square miles in Key West Old Town. All these pictures are all mine and unadulterated by Photoshop or the like.

If you're visiting Key West, take some time to get off Duval Street and explore. If you're not, then sit back, look at the following pictures, and dream tropical!

The ocean
Dolphin in Key West - this taken in the Outer Mole (very near where the cruise ships dock)
>>> MORE BEAUTY...click below for Beautiful Key West Trees and Flowers; Animals; Sunset….

Best hotel in Key West

Pier House Key West's private beach
The best hotel in Key West 2014 is the Pier House Resort with an ideal Old Town Key West location, perfect ocean views, a private beach, relative seclusion and it has the best bars. It's a luxury, expensive, four star hotel (there are no 5 star hotels in Key West) located just off Duval Street. If you can afford their magnificent ocean view rooms I highly recommend the Pier House.







Wednesday, November 5, 2014

What to do in Key West when it rains

If you're reading this then it's probably raining in Key West and you're looking for ideas about what to do. First, I'm sorry it's raining and I hope it passes soon. Anyway, what to do? The traditional answer in Key West when it rains is:  DRINK! You have a multitude of choices and you'll find the bars packed today if it's raining. But there are alternatives, of course....read on...
What to do in Key West when it rains.   Here on Duval Street someone has a different option than a rain poncho.  

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Most beautiful Key West houses and homes

There are some very expensive and beautiful homes in Key West. They are all in Old Town Key West and so very walkable in an hour if you are in a rush or a few hours if you just randomly wander down a few streets in Key West.

Here are a just a few highlights to make you want to come to Key West and also to make you jealous of these beautiful and historic homes.

I think this is my favorite Key West home, 1029 Fleming Street. Immaculate white and all the elements of the house work together in perfect harmony. Very Key West Old Town it also helps that this house is very imposing and also huge. The second image below shows the side view, showing how long the house is. It's not so uniform from the side, for example the 4 sided feature, which I think  makes it even more interesting.

One of the most beautiful homes in Key West - 1029 Fleming Street