Ok - here we go. You didn't say if you are in Key West or the Florida Keys. There is a big difference. The Keys are a chain of islands 125 miles long x 4 miles wide connected by 42 bridges. Most of the Keys have something to do...snorkle or fish are big in most of them. We use Mile Markers to give directions. 0 is Key West Bahia Honda State Park at mile marker 35 (approx) has the best beaches. Islamorada at Mile Marker 80 is famous for fishing
Key Largo has Pennekamp state park Mile Marker 101 has great diving. Anything north of Key West roll up the sidewalks at 8 or 9 pm. Sorry to say some of it is pretty redneck , too. And there are lots of federal/ state lands in between...can you say undeveloped woods.
The Everglades National Park is about 15 miles out of Homestead on the tip of Florida- there are plenty of signs.
If you 're in Key Largo you might check out the gay scene in Miami/ Ft Lauderdale as it is as close as Key west or closer.
I know you have to work, but surely the boss is going to give you a day or two to explore.
I came here 6 times than moved here and that was almost 25 years ago...forget the Florida bashing of the last few days we are something special in Key West.
Key West is a 2 x 4 mile island. The reccommendations above are all good.
Bourbon Street Pub at 724 Duval Street has male dancers/ across the street is the 801 (Duval St) Bar with the drag queens.
Most businesses are very gay friendly. LaTeDa has had Randy Roberts female impersonation show that is outstanding, but Randy has his show on the road presently and I can only guess if might be back before Fantasyfest.
You should do some of the touristy things that is what vacations are for.
www.Trustedtours.com offers most attractions at discounted prices.
To try to advance plan, details are at KeyWestAttractions.org
Cruise ships do come in to Mallory Square on the lower end of Duval / Gulf side - usually they are gone before 2. Do try to go to sunset at Mallory. It free and lots of fun. The street performers live on tips.
Most gay bars and restaurants are on the upper end of Duval / Atlantic Ocean end.
GLBT Center is located on Truman Ave just off Duval Street. They have a small museum on GLBT . The city's official slogan is One Human Family and atleast 90% of us believe it. They also sponsor a separate gay trolley tour on Saturdays at 11 am.
They have a couple of websites GayKeyWest.com ; ReturnToKeyWest.com
and our county site is Fla-Keys.com/gay
Dude, you are going to miss most of Fantasyfest.
The costume parade and all is Saturday, Nov 1
There are some earlier events and full details are at www.Fantasyfest.net
This year's theme is Villians, Vixens and Vampires in case anyone else is planning to come
Hope this helps