Key West Cemetery
- Type: Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing
- Time to Spend: 1 to 2 hours
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Located in Old Town, the Key West Cemetery has been around since 1847 and is well worth at least a walk-through. The quirkiness of the city's residents extends even to the grave. Tombstones in this 19-acre cemetery don't wear the typical inscriptions. Instead, you'll find epitaphs that reflect the island's casual lifestyle. Some of the more well-known inscriptions include "I told you I was sick" and "At least I know where he's sleeping tonight." One tombstone is actually a ship's mast. While you're here, take note that many of these burial plots actually have multiple people stacked on top of one another.
"I am not a morbid type of person but the cemetery was interesting to see and photograph," offered one TripAdvisor user. Many recent travelers also compared the cemetery to those found in New Orleans, thanks to the prevalence of the above-ground graves.
Key West Cemetery is free for anyone to walk through, but you should also consider taking a guided tour, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays for a moderate fee. Call 305-292-6718 (there is no official website) for more information.
Nearby Things To Do
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum<0.5 miles away
Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters Museum0.5 miles away
Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory0.6 miles away
The Marquesa Hotel<0.5 miles away
Santa Maria Suites Resort0.6 miles away
The Reach, A Waldorf Astoria Resort0.6 miles away