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Key West packs plenty of punch and pizzazz in a quirky island paradise that’s known for welcoming visitors
who seek one unforgettable adventure after another.
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WHERE TO STAY
A chic and comfy welcome to paradise awaits you at The Gates Hotel Key West at the point of entry to the
island. The 245-guestroom hotel combines a modern boutique feel with Key West’s laid-back, airy flair.
The hotel features a Prohibition-era inspired Rum Row outdoor bar and serves a tapas-style selection of
Caribbean and Florida flavors from its signature food truck named The Blind Pig. Soak in the sun from the
poolside cabanas, enjoy a cigar-rolling class in the cigar garden or explore the island beyond the gates. For
a charming and authentic outing, the hotel’s concierge can curate a quintessential Key West experience
featuring local favorites and off-the-beaten path pit stops; GatesHotelKeyWest.com.
WHERE TO SIP
You may not find any rum-runners at Key West Legal Rum Distillery, the first-ever legal rum distillery in Key
West, where Paul Menta concocts tasty rum libations from a former Coca-Cola bottling plant. Stop in for
a lesson in rum distilling and a taste of his flavorful white rums made with Florida sugarcane with subtle
hints of coconut, vanilla creme brûlée and key lime. These specialty rums are distilled 6 times and take your
tastebuds on an Old Florida adventure like the ones Ernest Hemingway enjoyed during his heyday. Bottle your
own on-site and bring home a custom-curated souvenir for your next dinner party; KeyWestLegalRum.com.
WHERE TO SAIL
Key West’s most popular attraction is the crystal-blue waters surrounding the lush island paradise. No trip
to The Keys is complete without a sunset sailing on the world-famous Commotion On The Ocean. Leave
your worries behind and sail off into Key West’s famous sunset aboard a spacious state-of-the-art Fury
Catamaran. Your seaward adventure comes complete with munchies, margaritas, live music and a magnificent
sunset as the backdrop. Watch closely as the sun dips below the horizon and you may be lucky enough to
catch the “Green Flash” visible above the upper rim of the sun as it sets into the sea; FuryCat.com.