Captain Tony's Saloon- Ernest Hemingway and his second wife Pauline came to key west from Paris in about 1928 on the advise of John Dos to Passos a popular novelist. He traveled to Africa, Wyoming and Spain, he lived in Key West for 12 years, fishing was his life he loved to go out to sea and caught fish for him and his family. Captain Tony is living proof that you can make every heartbeat count, as a father of 12 and only 84 years young, Captain Tony has become with Key West and the legends that surround it.
If you listen to captain Tony's stories or take a look at the photos during his life, you'll find that his friends and loyal supporters through the years read like a who's who of the 20th century. Borrowing on the images and the story telling of his friend the Captain, Jimmy found inspiration and wrote the song Last Mango in Paris as a tribute to his old friend.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum - Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years, calling Key West home he found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island. It was advice of fellow writer John Dos Pasos in Paris that prompted Hemingway to visit Key West. The first order of business was to locate the new Ford Roadster Pauline's wealthy Uncle Gus had so generously purchased for them. Soon Hemingway established his routine of writing during the early mornings when the temperature was coolest, while taking time out to explore his new surroundings in the afternoons.
Legend has it that Hemingway owned the home from 1931 until his passing in 1961. The Spanish Colonial style home was constructed of native rock from the grounds and boasts the first pool built in Key West. Hemingway's Key West was a town unlike any place he ever experience. The town was filled with interesting people from the well to do, to the down on their luck fishermen and wreckers.
After Ernest and Pauline divorced in 1939, Hemingway took up residence in Cuba. Key West became an overnight station during the 40's and early 50's for Hemingway until his death in 1961.