The self-proclaimed "Conch Republic" is one of Florida's most unique and colorful escapes, with a long and fascinating history to match. Here's where to eat, drink, play, and stay in the land of Buffett and Hemingway.
A cat sleeps on the bar, a crowing rooster ambles across the yard, and the irresistible scent of fresh-baked pineapple pancakes wafts across the palm-sheltered courtyard. You’re at Blue Heaven (729 Thomas Street; 305-296-8666 or blueheavenkw.com), the spot for Key West’s best breakfast.
Created by an artist and writer―his brother, a professional chef, has taken over the kitchen―Blue Heaven offers yummy eats inspired by local ingredients. (Don’t miss the silky shrimp-and-grits.) The casual historic house once hosted cockfights, gambling, and boxing matches refereed by Papa himself.