Key West Cemetery, Key West

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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. To visit Key West Cemetery on your trip to Key West, use our Key West road trip site .
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  • I have been to Key West several times over the part 30 years but I've never been to the cemetery. Friends I was with insisted so we went. First we found a good map online on the site keywesttravelguid...  more »
  • We have driven around this famous cemetery many times on The Conch Train, but this most recent visit was the first time we ever rode through the cemetery. We happened upon it as we leisurely rode arou...  more »
  • It is interesting to view the above ground cribs, see the gravestones, names and what is written. Sometimes very funny, interesting to view from historical viewpoint. Makes one appreciate our modern l...  more »
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  • If your looking for a quiet and unusual place to stroll, The Key West Cemetery is it. You can get a free map at the main entrance. It will highlight the most talked about grave sites. If you go in the midday bring a hat and sunscreen. There is not much shade here for the living , but fun none the less. There are lots of iguanas as well.
  • There was so much history here. This is a must see and worth a walk through. R.I.P. Key West.
  • MUST DO while in Key West. Take time to pay your respects and read the legendary Tombstones.
  • Peaceful cemetery. Beautiful variety of graves, rich in history.
  • 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.

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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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