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. 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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  • August 14, 2017
    get a map from the internet and walk the cemetery yourself. lots of history and cool headstones. visited August 7, 2017  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    You can spend as much or as little time here as you want. Grab a map when you enter to gain a little insight into a few of the people here. You will be amazed at the shape of this place and how run do...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    I maybe should have looked into this further before visiting, because it is literally just a grave yard. I'm not sure why it shows up as a must see. I made the assumption of thinking it would be very ...  more »
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  • July 3, 2017
    There was so much history here. This is a must see and worth a walk through. R.I.P. Key West.
  • May 25, 2017
    Tough to find, but very cool and worth checking out while in the Keys
  • January 13, 2017
    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.
  • December 30, 2016
    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.
  • April 26, 2016
    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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