Secret Spots of the Keys
Depending on the timing of your vacation to the Keys, you may be among many tourists in the undersized island. Picking your attractions and timing them effectively can keep you from fighting through herds of visitors. As a head start, here are three secret spots that are often overlooked:
Kayaking the Backcountry
Dubbed the “backcountry,” kayakers are only a short boat ride away from the hustle bustle of Duval Street. Instead of the evergreen party that burns eternal on Duval, boaters will quickly find themselves in their own recluse with little but themselves and the water. All tours will be guided to ensure kayakers do not stray far from the intended areas, but enough freedom is granted for you to take in the natural habitat on your own.
Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park
Despite Fort Zachary Taylor State Park being one of the best advertised attractions in Key West, it is often passed over. The historical appeal has faded to many tourists who would rather spend their hours in the middle of the island. Visitors are treated to a narrated tour of the fort and will see cannons dating back to the Civil War. Beyond the guided portion of the park, walking trails lead everyone through the wild and plant life. The beach will attract more attention than the actual fort, but it remains isolated enough for tourists to enjoy an all-inclusive attraction.
Home of Tennessee Williams (and more)
Literary lovers can find a little piece of heaven with a little tour through memory lane. The trip begins with a short bike ride to Tennessee Williams’ estate (1431 Duncan Street). After exploring his noted “Mad House,” Elizabeth Bishop’s house at 624 White Street is a local favorite. Finally, if you know where to look, a number of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite spots to stop are still around. A nice way to spend the afternoon, few tourists are compelled by this DIY tour.