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Key West: 12 “Must Dos”

11. Cruise around

Just shy of 7.5 square miles, Key West is a fairly small island. Given its size, one of the best was to travel around the island is via scooter or bike. Not only is it much easier to find parking, it’s just a more enjoyable way to see the island. Moped Hospital is great for scooters, while The Bike Shop is obviously the place for bicycles. It’s also a good idea to see if your hotel offers deals for rentals or loaner bikes.

Photo by Troy Petenbrink

Photo: Troy Petenbrink

12. Wet your whistle

Key Westerners know how to drink, and there are plenty of places to have a good cocktail (or three… or more) on the island. With the exception of Bobby’s Monkey Bar, which draws mostly locals, the LGBT bars are concentrated on Duval Street. Here you will find Aqua (drag), Bourbon St. Pub (go-go dancers), 801 Bourbon Bar (drag), and Saloon 1 (leather/Levi). Also on Duval is La Te Da, home to internationally-beloved female impersonator Christopher Peterson.

Photo by Troy Petenbrink

Photo: Troy Petenbrink

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Troy Petenbrink is Metro Weekly's contributing writer for food and travel. He can be reached at

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