Bypass the requisite tourist-town souvenir stands and $5 t-shirt vendors to discover a trove of small mom-and-pop boutiques filled with distinctive goods in Key West.
Many shops like Green Pineapple and Besame Mucho are devoted to the owner’s passions. These entrepreneurs scour the world for items that speak to them. Their shelves are lined with precious finds like Fair Trade linen tunics or leather babouches (slippers) from Marrakech.
Spots such as Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe and Key West Cigar Club take their specialties seriously with a wide selection of choice goods. Key West Island Books is packed with tomes on Keys history as well as novels by Florida authors. Even the Butterfly & Nature Conservatory offers a huge array of items for nature lovers at any age.
Wait until you arrive to the island before building out your beach wardrobe. Swimwear boutiques like Ocean Key Boutique and Aqua Beachwear offer selections for men and women of all sizes. Their top notch customer service makes suit shopping a breeze. Pair with the hand-crafted leather shoes at Kino Sandals for the complete outfit. Here you can watch three generations of "sandaleros" (old-world Cuban sandal makers) hard at work.