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 made on 23 November 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.


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
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Saturday, November 15, 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




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.

Well, there is a new camera on the block for me. I've left the Panasonic at home for this visit to Key West and have just bought this brand new camera, new to the market only recently: the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS. 

I've only just got it 2 days before this vacation so it's taking some getting used to. The main benefit of the camera is the 65x optical (not digital) zoom. Once you add in the digital zoom (although I hardly ever ever use the digital zoom) it can shoot 222x zoom. Which is a lot!

Introducing the camera....
My brand new Canon SX60 HS camera.

...which took these pictures....I put it through it's paces this week and so here I proudly introduce my Key West pictures of the week.

Fantasy Fest Key West 

A hundred more of my own pictures of Fantasy Fest 2014, including all the costumes from the Masquerade March
It's five o'clock somewhere flag at Key West Bight

Key West cemetery

Pelican flight during Key West sunrise
Click below for more Key West pictures 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 
This old and historic house on Fleming Street in Old Town Key West has seen some sights and goings on in the last 150 years. None more so than the above, during Masquerade March 2014

Masquerade March ends on Duval Street where the party continues

My joint favorite costume of Saturday's Fatasy Fest parade 2014
Joint favorite costume - Fantasy Fest 2014  - a lot of body paint was used in Key West in these 2 days of Fantasy Fest
2014 parade at Fantasy Fest Key West 
2014 parade at Fantasy Fest - a float
Southernmost point buoy costume and Highway 1 End marker - very local oriented fancy dress for Key West Fantasy Fest 2014. Excellent. (Taken outside 801 Bourbon Bar on Duval Street during main parade on Saturday).
For hundreds more pictures of Saturday's main parade and also Friday's Masquerade March - go down this post a ways and you'll get to them. 

Click link below...

Fantasy Fest 2015 in Key West

Fantasy Fest 2015 in Key West is set for 23 October to 1 November 2015 and the theme is All Hallows Intergalactic Freak Show. It's a 10-day series of parties, events and fun -  the weather is sunny and the events are hot. Almost all of Fantasy Fest is adult oriented, fancy dress and creative costumes are highly recommended but only a sense of fun is mandatory!

I was luck enough to go to Fantasy Fest 2014 and here is my live blog of the big events. There are lots of pictures so you can get an idea for there craziness and the fun.

See you at Fantasy Fest 2015?

Also on my blog:

When is the best time to visit Key West?

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Sunrise in Key West

Today's sunrise in Key West was exceptional. A few strategically placed clouds and no wind made the sea a mirror. Here are the pictures - taken at sunrise, 7.30am this morning taken on S Roosevelt Blvd on my way to the airport.

I've blogged before on the obsession with Key West's sunset (the "Sunset Celebration") so I'm pleased to see a sun rise today just as good, if not better. Updated: In fact, it was so good we went back to S Roosevelt Blvd the next day to take sunrise take 2 photos. I've added both day's pictures below.

Which sunrise do you think is better?


Sunrise in Key West

Sunrise with no wind - the ocean is a mirror


click below for more pictures of sun rise day 2...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Coming soon on Key West Lookout

I'm currently on vacation in Key West and so the blog is going to take a vacation too! I will be back in a few weeks with the following posts. Check back soon.

Coming soon on this Key West Lookout blog:
  • Key West's best budget, great value guest houses and hotels - brand new post
  • Updates to Key West's best restaurants, best cocktail places, and Key West vegetarian, Key West things to do
  • Tomorrow we are flying to Fort Jefferson national park on a sea plane and so there will be a post on that
  • My annual "changes, good and bad, that I've noticed in Key West" post (late December 2014)
  • MOTM Parrothead convention
  • Halloween in Key West
  • My pictures of the week. A small selection of the thousands of images I've taken this week, like this one below

I like bringing readers both useful and practical posts like the ones listed above. But I also like to post about the totally useless but fun in Key West. On this theme, coming soon, is a photo post of two of the girls at Aqua night club. All of the performers are super-stars in my book but 2 stand out for me - Inga and Jessica - and I have photo posts on both. Like their outfits and performances, it'll be a fun post.

Jessica as Adele

All of this in the next few weeks and months on Key West Lookout.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Getting out of Key West for a day

If you have the time it's great to get away from the small island which is Key West and take a day on the Lower Keys where there's lots of interesting stuff to do - and that's exactly what we did today. The requirements were: getting away from Highway 1, not too much time in the car, "getting close to" nature, and getting salty wet.

We've also done a fair number of things up and down the Keys already. So we didn't want to do the Turtle Hospital again, or Theatre of the Sea - even though both are excellent.

Here's what we did today. First stop Publix in Key West for picnic provisions. Then out on Highway 1 to Sugarloaf Key, coming off the main road onto Sugarloaf Blvd. and drove for a few miles amongst the mangroves. I wanted to take Old State Road 4a north to do the loop and rejoin Highway 1 but it was closed. So we took the Old State Road 4a south for a little while, to where it crosses Sugarloaf Creek, turned back and came back the same way we came.

The view from the bridge over Sugarloaf Creek
You can just see Highway 1 in the distance 
Looking north from Sugarloaf Creek before Old State Road 4a turns into dirt track

I like stoping randomly along Highway 1 to take a few pictures. This time I chose Park Key.

Back on the road and the next major destination, this one chosen deliberately, not random, was No Name Key. It's a road to nowhere. But we did see one Key deer (highly endangered) on the way (on Watson Blvd) there and one on the way back (on Wilder Road). Which was a real bonus.

Welcome to No Name Key

No Name Key is a long road with this at the end
Behind this the path (walking only, obviously) goes on a tiny way and you get a great view of the open ocean.

Time to depart No Name and head to our main destination: Bahia Honda State Park and awesome beach, at MM36.

Click below for more.