Key West is a delightful island to visit, especially in January. But you, dear traveler, need to be prepared.
Here are my three tips to guide you when planning your trip to sunny Key West:
Got quarters? Then get to the bank and get some.
You will need a minimum of 2-4 rolls of quarters, depending on your stay, to pay for metered parking. Parking in Key West is expensive. And unless you are willing to fork over $4-10.00 per day for a space in a public parking lot, you will want to keep a stash of quarters to feed that street or parking lot meter. The cost for a parking meter is $.25 for 10 minutes, which works out to $1.50 per hour. And yes, you will get a ticket if you don't feed the meter.
Got comfortable walking shoes? Then pack ‘em. And wear ‘em.
Walking concrete cobble stoned streets, hiking concrete steps, and mounting concrete curbs can be hazardous. Even when dry, poured concrete is slippery. So, ladies, take this writer's advice: Leave your high heels and open-toed flip-flops home. Nothing worse than smashing your piggie into a wedge of concrete when feeding a parking meter to ruin a night out on the town. Ouch!
Gotta drink? Okay, drink, if you must. But please, ladies and gents, do not drink to excess. No doubt, Key West is party city when it comes to doing "your" thing. But take it from me, there is nothing more un-sexy than watching a young person toss her cookies onto a sidewalk outside Sloppy Joe's. This writer witnessed it more than once-Along with a dozen bystanders. And by the way, there is a live cam on Duval Street, and yes, it caught the action.
That's it. That's my three tips. I hope you enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed sharing them. Just follow my three tips outlined above when planning your trip to Key West and you're certain to have a great time.
Linda Della Donna is a freelance writer and founder/director of Griefcase. You have permission to contact Della Donna at email@example.com to request a copy of her free e-book, Treasury of Quotations, or visit her blog at http://www.griefcase.blogspot.com