I've just returned from a 3 day trip to Key West. This is equivalent to a three day trip to Sault Ste Marie when I lived in MI. What I mean by that is 8 hour drive to get there and 8 hour drive home so only really a day and a half in Key West. But it was a very interesting time.
I went down with good friends Pam and Allen and we stayed at a lovely tropical resort about 3 miles out of downtown Key West. It was a beautiful resort though we didn't really have time to enjoy what it had to offer. The interesting thing is we had a two story room which started on the second story of a building. I had the upstairs room which meant I was on the third floor. I had my own bedroom and my own private bathroom. I was very happy to discover I can still climb stairs without a problem after a year of living where everything is on one level.
When we made our reservations for our trip we did not know that they would correspond with a two week Key West celebration called Fantasy Fest. For information on what Fantasy Fest is or pictures you can go at your own risk......People were definitely living out their fantasies at least their freedom from cloth clothing fantasies. It was quiet an education in human nature for us. Would I go back to Key West during this time?????? Not sure is the answer. We were told by several of our waitresses or bartenders that most of the people taking part where visitors and not Key West natives. As one waitress said...."Those of us that live in Key West can't take part in this. We have to work!" A bartender told us "If you really want to see something interesting you need to be here Friday when the clothing optional cruise ship docks..." OKAY.......we left for home on Tuesday.
In all fairness to Key West public nudity is illegal. It's just that for them clothing does not have to be made of fabric. It can just be a coat of paint or a piece of chain link. I do have to admit though that some of the paint jobs where absolutely amazing! Not my style, but amazing none the less.