Key West – Captain Dan’s Travel Tips

Key West – Captain Dan’s Travel Tips


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You don’t have to leave the country to experience island life. One of the more overlooked vacation destinations is the Florida Keys. The end of highway 1 is the jewel of the keys, Key West. While not quite 4.5 square miles in area this destination is full of things to see and do.

key westK photo
Photo by State Library and Archives of Florida

Getting to Key West is a easy. If you are a snow bird and want to fly, several airlines provide service to EYW. If you are traveling by car just stay on highway 1 out of south Florida and you will pass all the keys and end up in Key West . There are no wrong turns to be made as this is a long string of islands stretching out over 150 driving miles from Miami. If boating is your preference, there is plenty of room for private boats and Key West is a favorite port of call for many cruise lines as well.

key west port photo
Photo by paleololigo

Once you get to Key West there is something for everyone. If you want to hang out on the beach there is plenty of room for everyone. If you want more action there is lot’s of water sports available as well as world class fishing.

key west tarpon fishing photo
Photo by Florida Keys–Public Libraries


Sailing is also popular. Take in a Key West sunset on the water, you won’t be disappointed. The tropical sunsets are hard to beat.

key west  photo
Photo by ***Bud***

Key West isn’t just about the water.  There are plenty of great restaurants and shopping available too. Don’t miss the Key West aquarium while you are there. If you just want to relax by the pool there are plenty of fine resorts to choose from.

key west  fishing photo
Photo by nathanmac87

The nice thing about visiting the keys is that you are entering a different world without leaving the country. No customs and no hassles. This year if  you are considering a warm  tropical destination but concerned about the price of a Caribbean vacation, think about visiting the Florida Keys.

key west  fishing photo
Photo by nathanmac87

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Meet the Dan behind Dan330. He started a Pinterest account in December 2011 while off on a leave from his day job as a captain on an Airbus A330. While traveling the world, Dan practiced his longtime hobby of photography and developed his eye for natural beauty and appreciation of great photography. Continuing his love of exploration and great pictures, Dan added Pinterest to his daily routine; especially during the long Minnesota winters. His eye for great photography was recognized by the Pinterest community and in just under one year, Dan330 had attracted over one million followers. Dan and his wife Laurie have three children, seven grandchildren and two grand puppies. When not pinning, Dan loves to travel and participate in just about any outdoor activity. There are a few exceptions to this, but to find out what they are you have to go to the Dan330 board dedicated to “Things he won’t do”.