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KEY WEST TRAVEL GUIDE
WHAT TO EATAnything with conch (especially conch chowder or fritters!), Key lime pie, Key West pink shrimp, stone crabs, spiny lobster, classic, authentic Cuban dishes like ropa vieja, a fresh-caught fish sandwich and tons of fresh fruit.
WHAT TO BRING BACKRum from the Key West First Legal Distillery, a sea sponge from the Key West Sponge Market, Cuban coffee, Key West cigars, handmade Kino sandals, books from The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, island-themed jewellery and an official passport from The Conch Republic.
FUN FACT“We Seceded Where Others Failed!” is the official mantra of the Conch Republic, the unofficial name given to Key West by Mayor Dennis Wardlow in 1982. Their “independence” was declared in retaliation for the United States Border Patrol Blockade of the Florida Keys, which was attempting to stop illegal immigration. The event is highlighted every year with the Key West's Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a multi-day festival of quirky events showcasing the island’s unique character and culture!
IMPORTANT INFOFor more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.
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