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10 HOURS IN KEY WEST

So here you are in paradise. Pack the most into one day by following this one-mile route to the best of Key West.

Nature photographer Alan Maltz captures exquisite wildlife photos. Visit his Key West gallery on Duval.

Take a selfie at the almost-Southernmost Point. If you must take a selfie with the Southernmost Point concrete marker buoy—at South and Whitehead streets—this is the place you should start your day trip. Arrive very early to avoid the lines. Where is the real Southernmost Point in Key West? If you look southwest toward the large white sphere, you’ll see land extending even farther south than the buoy. That’s all Navy property—Whitehead Spit, which is the true southernmost point in the continental United States. Sit here and watch thousands of butterflies flutter about. From the Southernmost Point, walk back up South Street to Duval Street and go left to the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory (1316 Duval St.). There are so many butterflies that they’ll tag along with you—settling on your head, shoulder, arm or even on your hand if you’re patient. Colorful clothing helps. The conservatory is home to about 60 butterfly species, with a stunning range

of size, shape and color, each one more perfect than the last.

See the light that wrecked the wreckers. Turn left onto Truman and walk a block to the Key West Lighthouse and Keeper’s Quarters Museum (938 Whitehead St.). After the Navy built a base in Key West in 1823, it built a lighthouse to warn ships away from the reef-laden waters off the Keys. But a hurricane demolished it in 1846. So the Navy chose the current location for its new lighthouse, also hiring a female lighthouse keeper, a first for the Navy. With the new light, the number of shipwrecks fell, wrecking the city’s booming salvage industry. In 1969, the U.S. decommissioned the lighthouse and the Key West Art and Historical Society converted it into this museum. The 88-step climb to the top has the best view on the island. Meet the polydactyl descendants of Hemingway’s cat. Cross Whitehead diagonally from the lighthouse to the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum (907 Whitehead St.). Museum guides promote the legend of “Papa” as philanderer and tough guy, making much of his four wives, lacerated spleen, three concussions, damaged kidney and overextended, if not cirrhotic, liver. Like cats? There are about 50 of them meandering around the house and gardens, all

Discover Upper Duval Street. Leave the butterflies behind and continue on Upper Duval Street, famous for its upscale shops, eateries and galleries, heading toward Truman Avenue. Stop at Alan S. Maltz’s Gallery (1210 Duval St.) to view his seascapes, underwater scenes and sunsets like you’ve never seen. Step into the Archeo Gallery The curators at Archeo Gallery travel the world to find the colorful and exotic. next door for exotic antique Asian furniture, African art purportedly descended from Snowball, and colorful Gabbeh and Moroccan Hemingway’s original polydactyl (extrarugs (1208 Duval St.). Then stop at toed) pet. Climb the stairs for a glimpse Hands On Gallery (1206 Duval St.), a of Papa’s studio, or roam the old carriage posh women’s “wearable art” boutique, house. In the 1930s, he had no stairs—he to see what the well-to-do stylish crossed a hanging bridge to get there.

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PHOTOGRAPHS BY JESSICA TALLEY AND COURTESY ARCHEO GALLERY

Key West Day-Tripper

snowbirds and locals are wearing. Continue on Duval toward Truman Avenue.

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