Meeting of the Minds Info

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The host hotel for MOTM is the Casa Marina, which is on the south end of the island on Reynold's St. They run a shuttle between the hotel and the Old Town "party district" , which is pretty much the north end of Duval where Mallory Square is located -- along with many of Key West's most famous bars: Sloppy Joe's, Hog's Breath, Capt Tony's, Rick's, etc.

If you look at the MOTM schedule, you'll see that several events are at the Casa Marina. But there are also a lot of events at the north end of town, so it's pretty much your own preference as to where you wanna stay. There is a free shuttle running between the Casa Marina and the north end of Duval, and there are plenty of taxis available too. Take a look at a Map of Key West.

Duval Street is only about 15 blocks, so you can walk the whole thing in a short period of time. The addresses on Duval run from the 100 block (Sloppy Joe's) at the north end (Gulf of Mexico) up to about the 1500 block at the south (Atlantic Ocean) end of Duval, which is also the Southernmost Point in the continental US. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville restaurant and store is located at the 500 block.

Once again, you should go to the MOTM web site and try and use one of the recommended airlines. They have negotiated discounted rates. If you call early you will get a great deal and are more likely to get a convenient flight.

Drive from Miami or fly to Key West?

Do you want to fly to Miami and drive down to Key West or do you want to fly all the way there? I can tell you from personal experience the drive is 160 miles and will take you 4+ hours. I've done the drive twice. Much of the drive is just a single lane in each direction. Some parts of the drive are really pretty and some parts make me realize why Jimmy wrote the lyric about how trailers are "smothering my Keys so much". If you get your airline reservation early enough, it won't cost you much more to get to Key West than it will to Miami. It's a nice drive to do once if you can't find a convenient flight, but that's about it. It kills a large part of two days if you do it.

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