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Key West Cemetery picture in Key West
Key West Cemetery picture in Key West
Key West Cemetery picture in Key West
Key West Cemetery picture in Key West
Key West Cemetery picture in Key West
Key West Cemetery picture in Key West

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  • Free
  • Mon-Sat 7 a.m-7 p.m.

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  • Monuments and Memorials, Sightseeing Type
  • 1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
3.6
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    5.0
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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 "I'm just resting my eyes." 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.

Many recent travelers compared the cemetery to those found in New Orleans, thanks to the prevalence of the above-ground graves. Reviewers also said it reflects the "eclectic" citizens of the Keys.

Key West Cemetery is free for anyone to walk through, but you should also consider taking a guided tour, offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. for a moderate fee; advance reservations are required. You can also pick up a map for a self-guided tour at the cemetery's front office, which is open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The cemetery is open Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the cemetery's website for more information. 

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