• While driving down US-1 or staying in Key West, the best way to keep informed is to listen to 104.1 FM – US-1 Radio. It is only broadcast along the Overseas Highway and will help you with traffic problems and local happenings. They also broadcast on the internet at http://www.us1radio.com/
  • Introduce yourself to your bartenders and servers. Remember their names! It’s not only nice, it’ll improve your service too! 
  • Tip well for great service. If you are receiving less then good service, point it out to a manager or to your server. It will either help them do better or they won’t care. In any case, it’ll explain the low tip. Never NOT leave a tip… Bad service should get a bad tip. No tip and they’ll think you simply forgot. 
  • Jimmy Buffet still owns a house in Key West.  He sometimes records in Key West also. His recording studio is the strange little white block building located in the corner of the Key West Marina half-way between The Conch Seafood Republic Restaurant and Schooner Wharf Bar. 
  • Most musicians on Key West hate playing Jimmy’s music but be sure to tip if you make a request. 
  • Get out on the water! Don't spend all your time in the bars on Duval Street. Key West is known for its Watersports such as kayaking, snorkeling, diving and sailing. See the Watersports Traveler Article for suggestions.
  • Key West has the narrowest two-way streets and the widest one-way streets in the country. If you can leave your car at home, do so!
  • Most locals avoid Duval Street like the plague due to the expense while most visitors think fondly of Duval when they think of Key West. Duval Street and the businesses there are a lot of fun! It’s one of the most unique vibes in Florida BUT if you spend your vacation only on Duval, you’ll miss a lot! The Green Parrot, Blue Heaven, Schooner Wharf, The Conch Farm and many others are all off Duval. Explore! 
  • Bring an open mind and an open heart and you will be embraced.  
  • Visit Stock Island while here. It’s just across the Cow Key Channel bridge. You’ll find The Rusty Anchor, Hurricane Hole, The Hog Fish Bar and Grill, the golf course, and a good Mexican restaurant named Chico’s Cantina 
  • Oddly, in the City of Key West, there is a ‘Blue Law’ on alcohol sales on Sunday. You can’t buy before noon – Sunday only.  The Conch Flyer Bar at the Key West airport is permitted to sell alcohol before noon.
  • Most bars open around 11 a.m. and close anywhere from 2 a.m. - 4 a.m… Many also have more than one happy hour. 
  • To stay in touch with happenings in Key West, aside from US-1 Radio, the local paper, the Key West Citizen is also available on-line at http://www.keysnews.com/ 
  • Conch is pronounced ‘Konk’ in all instances except the hotel downtown which is pronounced La Concha – exactly as it’s spelled. 
  • Want to meet locals? They tend to sit at the bar instead of the tables. Slide on up and strike up a conversation! 
  • The Term ‘Island Time’ means everything down here is slower. The most important thing to remember is that YOU ARE ON VACATION. The second most important thing is to GET YOURSELF ON ISLAND TIME. Slow down. Relax. Live your favorite Corona commercial!
  •  A good buzz is just great! Blind drunk is obnoxious and dangerous plus it makes for a nasty hangover in the morning. Drink! Have fun! Be careful.