Category Archives: Key West

By @ 04/04/18 in Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, Gay-Friendly, Key West, Travel

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineManAboutWorld correspondent Dennis Hensley was recently in Key West, Florida. He had planned to post a collection of short interviews he did with the people he met. Then Hurricane Irma happened. He did manage to organize two interviews: One with an openly gay man who ran a small tour company. And another with a woman who’s been tirelessly working to promote Key West for years. Here’s Dennis’ report.

UPDATED April 4, 2018

Key West podcast update by Dennis Hensley for ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineDennis updated his post with this very cool new podcast featuring short interviews with some of the folks he met in Key West. Give a listen here.

 

 

Cody White, passionate Key West resident

One of the people I met and interviewed while I was there was Cody White who until recently ran a small tour company with his husband RyanListen to the podcast here. In the wake of Irma, the pair decided to focus on other endeavors … but I spoke to Cody before the storm over blizzards at a Dairy Queen not far from the gay resort I was staying at, The Equator. We talked about how he ended up in Key West, what it’s like to have an Airstream trailer, Key West’s passion for costume parties, how tourists react when they learn he’s gay and why Key West is the place for him. Listen to the podcast here.

Dennis Hensley Key West update on a podcast and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineCarol Shaughnessy, Newman Public Relations, Key West

Met lots of awesome people on my trip to Key West, FL in August for Man About World magazine. One of them was local writer and publicist Carol Shaughnessy. Listen to the podcast here. Over breakfast with our small group of journalists, she regaled the table with the story of Mel Fisher, the legendary treasure hunter who spent 16 years combing the waters around Key West for treasure from a Spanish ship that sank in the 1600s.

It was such an amazing tale–complete with a $450 million ending–I asked Carol to tell it again on the podcast. We also talked about the giant rainbow flag that went from the Atlantic ocean to the Gulf of Mexico down Key West’s main boulevard and the spirit of Key West and how the community supports people in their dreams, no matter how out there they may be. I’ve heard from Carol since Irma and she said that Key West’s motto of “One Human Family” if in full display as everyone works together to get back to normal. Listen to the podcast here.

More from Dennis Hensley on ManAboutWorld here.



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By @ 01/06/15 in Ft. Lauderdale, Gay travel, Key West, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

VowsCongratulations, Florida! On Jan. 6, the Sunshine State became the 36th state to legalize gay marriage. And so we immediately started thinking of places you could spend your honeymoon. The above photo of Little Palm Island, just off the coast of Key West, isn’t too shabby of a choice. But whether you celebrate at the St. Regis in Bal Harbor or the Delano in Miami, the real news here is that Florida is finally on the gay marriage map!

 

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By @ 05/19/14 in Gay travel, Kenny Porpora, Key West, ManAboutWorld, Travel

keywestIt’s almost officially summer time and our associate editor Kenny Porpora landed in Key West to explore this beautiful gay mecca just 130 miles from the Miami coast. For the next few days, he’ll be exploring the island’s old town, famous for its charming Bohemian houses that line the main drag of Duval Street, and the off-the-beaten-path knick-knack shops, cafes, and gay bars that weave in and out, to report back some of the island’s best kept secrets.

ManAboutWorld covered Key West extensively in January 2013 and now we’re circling back to see what’s new and to find out who has the best Key Lime pie, which bar hosts the best cock contest, and who charters the best boat for a day of snorkeling in crystal blue water.

Two informative sites we like: Gay Key West and Keys Voices.

 

 

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By @ 04/25/14 in Gay travel, Key West, Provincetown

Screen Shot 2014-04-25 at 10.09.22 AMGoogle Maps Street View now offers a ‘back in time’ feature that allows you to travel back to 2007 (to present) and see how your favorite gay destinations have changed over the years. It’s a cool new feature to shed some light on how P-Town, Sitges, and Key West (as seen above) have morphed in the last near decade, and to also give you a glimpse of the landscape to help plan your trips. We’ll be traveling to Key West next month, and yes, we’ve covered the rest. To check out the best gay guides to all of your favorite summer destinations, check out our June 2013 issue and subscribe here.

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By @ 02/18/13 in Gay travel, Key West, Travel
A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection. Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

A Cadillac being driven in the back of an Aerovias Q plane at the Key West International Airport C 1950s. From the Key West Art and Histoical Society Collection.
Photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/keyslibraries/8091206967/sizes/l/

As temps drop into the single digits in the Northeast, thoughts remain focused on warm-weather getaways. Many of our readers were inspired by our recent Key West coverage to plan trips to the gay ol’ Conch Republic and wonder what the best way is to get there.

One of our friends there, Phil Sheldon who owns HE Travel (Hanns Ebensten Travel & Alyson Adventures), Key West’s only storefront travel agency, offered this overview of the airport which has gone from a sleepy air strip serving tiny planes to today’s modern facility which welcomes small jets. He also provides handy pros and cons for the major airlines serving EYW.

Over the past decade, Key West International Airport has seen an amazing transformation of its aircraft, and of the destinations to which one can fly from here. Many of us will remember that in the late 90s the biggest plane coming to Key West was American Eagle’s 30-seat Saab 340 prop plane from Miami. Now that same aircraft is flown by United’s partner Silver, and is one of the smallest aircraft that flies into KWIA.

Here’s a summary of the commercial airlines currently operating flights at Key West International Airport, based on observations over a period of time.

  • Delta: they have the largest operation here today, with three or four flights a day between Key West and Atlanta. Most flights are on Boeing 737 aircraft, the ideal full-sized aircraft for short-runway operations. All flights now offer both First Class and upgraded Economy Comfort seats.
    • Pro: Through their Atlanta hub, Delta offers the most single-change-of-plane connections throughout the US and around the world
    • Con: When strong cold fronts bring northerly winds to the island, these larger aircraft are at higher risk of being diverted or having flights canceled altogether due to our short and narrow runway
    • Useful to know: Because KWIA has the shortest runway in the entire Delta system, fliers are limited to one checked bag per person, even if you’re willing to pay for a second checked bag. For carry-on bags, it’s the same policy as other airlines – one carry-on bag and one personal item such as a purse or lap-top.
    • Coming soon: Delta has announced a handful of Saturday round-trips non-stop between New York’s LaGuardia Airport and Key West this winter; if these sell well, we may get ongoing non-stop flights to New York!



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