Mingling With Regulars at The Palms Hotel in Key West, Florida
Unlike some of the larger resorts in this tropical refuge, the cozy, historical Palms Hotel screams authentic, old-time Key West. Well, it's not really a scream...it's more of a soft, soothing whisper that warmly welcomes you to have a seat on their ladylike front porch or by the laid-back courtyard pool, and soak in the island vibes with a cool drink in your hand. The guests, often regulars, always seem to be outside and ready for a chat, adding to the feel of being at a friend or relative's place. If you're able to somehow drag yourself away from this amiable atmosphere and venture out, it's easy to get around and see the land like early explorers (and pirates) did, since the Conch Republic's most sought-after treasures are conveniently within walking distance. Eye up the town map mural near the pool first to plan your path to discovery.