Monday, January 23, 2012

A Sunset Celebration + Conch Fritters In Key West

We're kicking off our travel series to sunny Key West, Florida this week. If you can steal away to Florida this winter, we recommend grabbing a flight into Miami and renting a car to make the scenic 3.5 hour drive into the Florida Keys. Key West is the last stop as you cruise past crystal blue waters on either side of Highway One. The nightly Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square starts two hours before sunset and was our first stop. It's a free outdoor street party that's not to be missed.
Buskers and street performers entertaining the crowds waiting for the sunset. Craft vendors and artists also set up their wares if you're on the hunt for a unique souvenir.
Food carts selling interesting things like pastry rolls, frozen lemonade, hot dogs, beef patties and smoothies.
Classic Key West, The Westin Hotel (above) is a nice place to stroll along the boardwalk. Small stores at the base of the building lead the way with lots of patios to choose from offering happy hour specials.

Watching the sunset from one of the most southernmost points of the USA, only 90 miles to Cuba from here. The sunset is a celebration everybody can get behind.
Hot, deep-fried conch fritters have the texture of a hush puppy with a seafood surprise 
Make sure to look for the Key West Original Conch Fritters stand that is dockside at the Sunset Celebration. Pair it with a Key Lime Ice Tea.
Chopped green peppers on the inside
Delicious conch buried in golden fried batter. It's a little bit like a chicken ball, but all kinds of delicious. Go with ketchup or mustard for dipping. Conch fritters are a happy nugget of an appetizer before you head out to dinner after the sunset. Enjoy!

Stay tuned for more blog posts in our Key West Travel Series. We'll be featuring it all week.

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  1. I am mad about Conch Fritters since I had them at Alabama Jacks in Key Largo.

    Great photos. Great Memories


  2. I spent a day in Key West years ago ... I'd like to go back.

  3. Its been awhile since I have been to Key West but I would love to go back. This makes me want to really go back now :-)

  4. There are so many great things about the FLorida Keys. It is nice to see you give a nod to the conch food. For me, that is one of the things that I love about visiting as its almost swimming on my plate its so fresh !!!