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The airport (t 305/296-5439) is four miles east of town, with the Greyhound bus station (t 305/296-9072) adjacent to its entrance. There are no shuttle buses into town; a taxi (t 305/296-6666) costs around $18.

The best place to head for information is the Greater Key West Chamber of Commerce, in the centre of town next to Mallory Square at 402 Wall St (Mon–Fri 8.30am–6.30pm, Sat & Sun 9am–6pm; t 305/294-2587, w http://www.keywestchamber.org). The Chamber can give precise dates for Key West’s annual festivals, the best of which are the Conch Republic Celebration in April and Fantasy Fest in late October, which feels like a gay Mardi Gras crossed with Halloween. A good source of GLBT information on celebrations and festivals is the Key West Business Guild, 513 Truman Ave (daily 9am–5pm; t 305/294-4603, w http://www.gaykeywestfl.com).

It’s best to explore the narrow streets of the mile-square Old Town – which contains virtually everything that you’ll want to see – on foot. You could do it in little more than a day, though dashing about isn’t the way to enjoy the place, and the humidity might get in the way of sprinting everywhere. Cycling is another good way of getting around: bikes can be rented from Adventure Scooter & Bicycle Rentals, with locations at 1 Duval St ($15/day; t 305/293-0441) and 617 Front St (same price; t 305/293-9955).

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