When browsing through our list of best things to do in Key West, keep in mind that the island city is closer to Cuba than it is to any single Walmart. True story.
The 48 bridges that connect Key West to the mainland of Florida (including the Walmart 129 miles away, in Florida City) do more than just bring power, water and tourists to the area: they serve as a separation from life on the mainland. Each bridge crossed takes you closer to the idyllic island living that locals so adore. So, when here, do as the locals do: hop on a bike, pedal to your destination (from restaurants to bars and beaches) rain or shine and cruise past the roosters, iguanas and six-toed cats that also reside in the lush, historic streets of Old Town.
In spite of the slower pace, there is still much to do in Key West: a variety of outdoor activities is complemented by five theaters, an independent movie house, numerous galleries chock full of fine art created by locals and, of course, imbibing and dining destinations that range in style and scope, most home to musicians that play their unique tunes from happy hour until late at night daily.