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Five Reasons to Visit Key West after Hurricane Irma

Last month, a few of our Perry Team members were out of state attending Travel Shows in New York, Boston and Chicago with the Florida Keys Tourist Development Council.  Ready to greet visitors and talk up our favorite town, they were surprised to learn that over 90% of people that stopped by the booth had no idea the Keys were even open! WHAT?!

The main question they asked: how did Key West fare in the storm?  Well, we’re happy to put that question to rest.  Our little island fared surprisingly well in the face of Irma, and you may be surprised to learn our airport, roads, and most of the businesses were open within 3 weeks after the storm.

So yes, we’re definitely open, we’re #KeysStrong, and excited to welcome our visitors back.  Here are five reasons you should plan your visit to Key West post Hurricane Irma:

1) Because, it’s Key West!

From nightly sunset celebrations, to colorful sunrises and swaying palm trees, Key West is still that stunning little island you remember.  Not a night goes by without street performers delighting and surprising at Mallory Square.  The Southernmost Point is still a bucketlist photo op, and walking, biking or hopping on a scooter remain the best way to get around the island.

2) The Awesome Activities & Attractions You Know & Love

Whether your vice is sunbathing at the pool, touring the town on a Conch Train, or hopping aboard a fishing charter, Key West has something for everyone.  Amazingly, most of Duval street and the surrounding neighborhoods fared exceptionally well, and are still serving up the best of Key Weird!  All major attractions are open, so go ahead and plan your trip to the Hemingway House, grab some Key Lime Pie on a stick, and head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and soak up some sun.

3) The Beyond Gorgeous Weather

It’s called paradise for a reason!  Storm or no storm, our Key West weather hasn’t changed and we remain one of the warmest places in the continental US.  With an average temp of 78 degrees in the spring, the sun and cool ocean breeze create the ideal climate for the Key West activities of your choice.

4) The Best Bars in the Keys…

Yes, we know this is what you were really waiting to read about – and let’s be real, they’re the best bars in the entire country. Don’t worry, your old favorites are OPEN and have been for months.  That includes Sloppy Joe’s, Green Parrot, Captain Tony’s, Smallest Bar in Key West, The Porch, Aqua…[insert your favorite bar here if we’ve missed it] – the list goes on. We’ve also got daily happy hours at our very own Salty Oyster. Key lime martini, anyone?

5) Supporting the Locals

The island you love is still home to your favorite bartenders, housekeepers, front desk agent and waitstaff.  We thrive on tourism just as much as you thrive on a warm weather vacation!  We don’t want anyone to be nervous about coming back down to Key West post-hurricane and hope this blog helps put your mind at ease.

Now get online and start planning your next vacation in paradise – you’re likely to find some great deals from local businesses (including The Perry!) who are eager to welcome you back. Start planning your getaway now!

*Looking to help our neighbors who were affected by the hurricane?  Visit the United Way to learn more.

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