Unique Shops Capture the Authentic Island Flavor of Key West

Claudia Miller

By , Florida Keys Expert, Key West
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Once you disembark from the cruise ship in Key West, find most likely find yourself in Mallory Square on the lower end of Duval Street. Duval is the main thoroughfare through historic Old Town and is about a mile of bars, restaurants and shops. The first few blocks you might feel overwhelmed with stores selling cheap knickknacks, “Cuban” cigars and $5 t-shirts. Just keep walking, and you’ll quickly find a rich variety of funky shops and boutiques that capture the authentic flavor of the island.

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    Kino Sandals

    What better souvenir to take home than a pair of leather sandals handmade right in Key West?

    Local Expert Tip: "They don't have half sizes and run a little narrow, so you may need to try on a few pairs for that perfect fit. "

     
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    Key West Cigar Club and Smoke Shop

    This real-deal cigar joint has a great staff who will steer you to a smoke you'll love.

    Local Expert Tip: "Grab one of the antique barbershop chairs in the front window and watch the people passing by on Duval Street."

     
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    Local Color

    With its wide variety of resort wear in natural fabrics, Local Color has the goods to keep you cool while looking stylish.

    Local Expert Tip: "Don't miss their sterling silver Key West bracelet beads in shapes like a cruise ship or the Southernmost Buoy."

     
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    Key West T-Shirt Factory

    This shop hand prints Keys-y designs from local artists onto 100% cotton tees, beach cover ups, sweatshirts, tote bags, hats and more.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you didn't buy that t-shirt you loved in the store, they have an online shop."

     
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    Key West Island Books

    Whether you feel like beefing up on your Hemingway or diving into a beach read by a local author, this bookstore has you covered.

    Local Expert Tip: "Try these books set in Key West: Carl Hiaason's wacky novel, Bad Monkey, and Lucy Burdette's Key West food critic mystery, Topped Chef."

     
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    Wanderlust

    This funky boutique is filled with women and children's clothing in rich and vibrant colors with natural fibers in exotic prints.

    Local Expert Tip: "Owner, Casey Crockett, can tell you all about the designers, as well as give you insider travel tips for Key West."

     
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    Besame Mucho

    This charming boutique will draw you in with its apothecary, hand-crafted jewelry and other treasures from around the world.

    Local Expert Tip: "Take your time exploring this magical boutique. You'll find hidden treasures tucked away like 16th century-style scented burning papers. "

     
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    Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe

    Kermit's is the spot for everything Key lime. They even have a tasting station for their sauces and jams.

    Local Expert Tip: "Not enough room in your luggage to carry all these Key lime goodies back with you? Don't worry; they ship."

     
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    Ron Jon Surf Shop

    Steps away from Mallory Square and the cruise ship port, Ron Jon Surf Shop offers swimwear and accessories for men and women of all ages.

    Local Expert Tip: "Check out their selection of wearable and gear-mountable GoPro Cameras--a hands-free way to capture your vacation. "

     
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    CVS

    Steps away from Mallory Square, this CVS has everything you forgot to pack, including travel-sized toiletries and memory cards for your camera.

    Local Expert Tip: "If you have a CVS rewards card, make sure and show it at checkout to get any sale prices. If you don't have a card, you can sign up quickly online and download the app to your phone."

     

 

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