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Visiting Key West and a boat camping adventure

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Visiting Key West and a boat camping adventure

Key West is one of those places you definitely should add to your bucket list, especially if you are in Florida for a week or longer. With Kjell Anders we normally fly to Fort Lauderdale, to visit my sister and brother-in-law and from there plan a short trip. This time we rented a car and together and headed to the Florida Keys. My sister Belen joined us and was happy also to visit a friend of hers living down there.

About Key West

Did you know that Key West is located closer to Cuba than to Miami?

In fact, Key West is the southernmost point in the United States.

Due to its location, surrounded by water, it is known for its lively nightlife, beaches, watersports, and historic sites.

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Highlights

There is a long drive from Fort Lauderdale to Key West, most of it is through long, very long bridges over the sea, connecting the islands. The drive takes approximately 3.5 hours.

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There are several attractions and activities available in Key West.

We decided to visit:

Ernest Hemingway’s House

This is a very special place in Key West. There are some memorabilia and some antiques that date back to the author’s time.  While we went through the rooms of the house we were able to get a better insight into Hemingway’s life. They have preserved the house and furniture in such a way that it makes you travel back in time.

visiting key west

visiting key west

visiting key west

The southernmost point of the continental US.

This is undoubtedly the most iconic place in Key West and definitely worth getting a picture there.

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Duval Street

The main street in Key West, this time as expected was bustling with tourists, shops, and activities on a warm sunny day.

To book your tours ahead of time we recommend this option here

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visiting key west

Boat Camping Experience

We booked 2 nights on a boat before arriving there. After having dinner with my sister’s friend, Kjell and I continued to park near our boat and my sister went to spend the night at her friend’s house.

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visiting key west

I definitely love experiencing new things, exploring new places and camping in a boat sounded really interesting. Kjell Anders on the other hand, as a Norwegian has always loved small boats and was happy with the idea.

We got into our kayaks and joined our hostess on our boat, it was a beautiful day and we found ourselves at the boat faster than expected.

Once we arrived she showed us how to use the portable toilet and the shower which both were outdoors. (We got to close the curtains to get some privacy, which made it a lot like a camping experience, but this time in the sea.)

Mangrove Kayak and Snorkeling tour

My sister Belen spent the night at her friend’s house and the next morning she dropped her near the kayaks. From there she took an extra kayak we rented and came to meet us for our mangrove kayak and snorkeling experience.

 

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visiting key west

Watch this video to join our kayak and snorkeling experience and find more details and information about this tour.

 

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What to bring

If you are considering boat camping we recommend you charge all your phones beforehand and bring an extra charger.

In case of rain, we recommend bringing a waterproof jacket or poncho.

Bring extra clothes and swimsuits if you are going snorkeling and kayaking, you will most definitely get wet.

Most importantly, make sure to bring insect repellent, a hat, and sunblock.

And if you love taking pictures or making videos, bring a waterproof case for your smartphone or your go pro/ Sony cam with battery.

 


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These are some of the many activities available to those who visit Key West.

Our advice is to always book your tour ahead of time, here is a place to go we can recommend for booking ahead of time.

 

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