Key West

October 28th, 2010 by Mariah

Key West

 

Closer to Cuba than to mainland Florida, Key West often seems rather tenuously bound to the rest of the US. Famed for their tolerant attitudes and laid-back lifestyles, the thirty thousand islanders seem adrift in a great expanse of sea and sky, and – despite a million tourists a year – the place resonates with an individual spirit. In particular, liberal attitudes have stimulated a large gay influx, estimated at two in five of the population. Although Key West today has been heavily restored and revitalized for the tourists, the town has retained some of its sense of individualism and isolation, especially away from the main drag of Duval Street. To best absorb this atmosphere – and the mellow pace of local life – take time to amble the gorgeous, lushly vegetated streets, make meals last for hours, and pause regularly for refreshment in the numerous bars.

 

 

 

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