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Key West/Cedar Key

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Key West/Cedar Key

We enjoy Key West for it's tropical atmosphere, Garrison Bright during the day for beverages and enoying the Harbor, watching boats, Duval in the evening for more beverages and people watching and sitting outside. Being able to walk to is a plus. So how does Cedar Key compare to this. Adults mid 50s that enjoy being near the water.

Melbourne, Florida
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1. Re: Key West/Cedar Key

Saw your interest in Cedar Key and tho I can't help you with your question here is an intersting article about the history of Cedar Key. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Key,_Florida

Looks to be a much smaller town.

You might like to visit Matlacha which is similar to Cedar Key, just north of Ft. Meyers. Take a look at the Tarpon Lodge on Pine Island. Really neat place just across from Cabbage Key. Very old Florida. Less touristy than Key West.

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2. Re: Key West/Cedar Key

If you are looking for a place similiar to Key West (which we have been to many times) Cedar Key is not it, it is very low key, no beaches, really back to basic type of place.

That being said, we love it, go every year at least once and love the Seafood Festival In October. We always stay at the Habour Master Suites and love it. There a a few bars to walk back and to but it is nothing like Duval, there may be 20 people total on Dock Street at one time.

Check out our website and see a little of the key, we paticipate in the little parade every year (and won 1st place, 3 years in a row).


Oh and Cabbge Key and Pine Island are beautiful too but there really are no bars, just beautiful beaches and nature.

sarasota, FL
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3. Re: Key West/Cedar Key

I agree with previous posts. There really isn't anything like Key West. One of a kind.

Cedar Key is a nice Olde FL type place, but North Florida isn't the same type of "tropical" feel as south FL and the Keys.

Sanibel Island, Captiva, Siesta Key or Anna Maria Island might be of interest to you.


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4. Re: Key West/Cedar Key

Have to been to Key West and love it! Also love Cedar Key- have been going there for several years--but they are nothing alike. Cedar Key is old Florida,no beaches-just serene little old town -with some very good restauranats-can park your car when you arrive and not need it until you leave.The sunsets are as great in Cedar Key as in Key West-no Mallory Sq.-just walk to the end of the island and have your own celebration-you'll love it!!!

Altamonte Springs...
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5. Re: Key West/Cedar Key

Cedar Key is nothing like Key West. A lively atmosphere, crowds, many shops, many restaurants, and traffic are all things that won't be found in Cedar Key. With that said, I like both places. Cedar Key is a nice getaway when you want a glimpse of old Florida and a quiet stay. The town is quite small so walking around is very easy.

Vero Beach, Florida
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6. Re: Key West/Cedar Key

Cedar Key is on the only high ground in the vicinity--it's on a flat, low-energy coast where salt marshes face the open Gulf.

Cedar Key is the former western terminus of the Florida Railroad that connected through Gainesville to Fernandina.

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