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Florida Guide > Places to Visit

Whenever we visit a town or city for the first time as tourist we usually take the bus tour to get to know the local area. Our visit to Key West was no exception - we took the Key West Hop on Hop off Trolley Tour. This tour is as its name suggests, a tour which you can leave at any point to see some of the places of interest in more detail and then rejoin the tour at your convenience.

The tour will pick you up to start from any of the following pick up points:

Mac' s Sea Garden

La Concha - Crowne Plaza

Angela and Duval Streets

Bahama Village Market Place

Key West Welcome Center - Wheelchair Accessible

Casa Marina

Southernmost Trolley Stop

Duval and Truman Avenue

Mallory Square - Wheelchair Accessible

The price is around $27 per person and the boarding times are betwen 9am and 4. 30pm.

We decided to spend more time at a few of the local places of interest:

Hemingways House - the Key West home of the famous writer Ernest Hemingway. The house is preserved exactly as it was when Ernest Hemkingway lived there - right down to the study, complete with typewriter, where he wrote some of his famous works.

The Little White House - originally a Naval headquarters but turned into a retreat by President Harry S Truman. This house is preserved as it was in 1946 and there is also a museum and exhibition. Today The Little White House is still used as a retreat for current and past US Presidents as well as a meeting place for world politicians.

Mallory Square - the place to see the infamous Key West sunsets - we decided to return at sundown to see the sunset and sample the ambience of the street entertainers.

Duval Street - the main shopping street with restaurants and bars - including the famous Sloppy Joe' s bar frequented by Ernest Hemingway.

The southernmost point of the USA - where we of course had to have our photos taken!

The drivers act as guides and are very good! They tell you about the times of pirates, Indians and the ship wreck industry! They also point out all the important places of interest and tell you about the famous inhabitants.

They do of course expect a tip!

The buses are in a style of yesteryear - with open windows with no glass.

We found the tour very good indeed - and well worth doing. Highly recommended and will give you a good overview of Key West.

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Page added on: 7 November 2009
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Mallory Square at sunset

Mallory Square at sunset

Mallory Square at sunset

Duval Street

Duval Street

Duval Street

Key West

Key West

Hemingway's House - where Hemingway wrote

Hemingway's House

The Little White House

The Little White House

Trolley bus

Southernmost point of the USA

Sloppy Joe's Bar
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