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Key West Cemetery, Key West

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
At the center of Old Town, Key West Cemetery reveals the quirky history of this small city and its past residents. After a hurricane destroyed the former burial grounds, the city purchased land to establish this new cemetery in 1847. The main entrance at Passover and Angela Streets hands out pamphlets with a map and directions for a self-guided walking tour, or you can visit the website ahead of time to print off your copy. The tour suggests visiting the graves of William Curry, Florida’s first millionaire; “Sloppy” Joe Russell, Key West’s most popular barman; and B.P. “Pearl” Roberts, a hypochondriac whose headstone reads “I told you I was sick”; among other interesting characters who shaped the past of this city. Plan your Key West Cemetery visit and explore what else you can see and do in Key West using our Key West vacation route planner.
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Where to stay in Key West

To explore the best of what Key West has to offer on foot, stay near Old Town, a picturesque neighborhood famous for its streets lined with tropical trees and gardens. Most hotels in this area feature rooftop decks, where you can meet friends for cocktails and enjoy ocean views at sunset. If you don't mind driving to where most of the action is, consider staying at a budget-priced inn or bed and breakfast on the eastern end of the island.
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  • lots of history, very old headstones, and tropical surroundings...easy to find, and parking is ok...spend at least an hour here.  more »
  • If you like history as we do it is well worth the trip! We had a rented golf cart so we drove in and stopped as we wanted! Be sure to pick up a free map of the notable graves! Take water and be prepar...  more »
  • You absolutely must find the mausoleum of B.P. Roberts whose epitaph: "I told you I was sick" tells you a lot of what you need to know about the fun and humor and people of Key West. You can spend an ...  more »
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  • There was so much history here. This is a must see and worth a walk through. R.I.P. Key West.
  • Tough to find, but very cool and worth checking out while in the Keys
  • Lots of history; interesting to see how much concrete and above-ground tombs are used. There is a unique area in memoriam to Cuban freedom fighters. Lots and lots of huge lizards and iguanas around, sunning themselves on tombs.
  • There's serious stuff, such as a significant memorial to the victims of the USS Maine, and quirky stuff, like a gigantic conch-shaped headstone. Pick up a map as you enter the main gate.
  • Interesting place to visit. So much to see and ponder and that was all before one of the caretakers graciously gave us a map with points of interest. I would recommend going in the early morning or early evening. There isn't a lot of shade and we went when it was quite warm. Sun hat or parasol would have been good. The iguanas are definitely a strange and creepy site as they dart in and out from under gravestones.