Travel Postcard: 48 hours in the Florida Keys
Visitors stroll outside the Harry S. Truman Little White House Museum in Key West (Andy Newman, Florida Keys News Bureau, Reuters Handout)
2 p.m. - Cross the street to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, which features exhibits and artifacts and treasures recovered from shipwrecks. http://www.melfisher.org.
3 p.m. - At The Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, 205 Whitehead Street, visitors can view 28 first editions by the famed ornithologist John James Audubon, who visited the Florida Keys in 1832. http://www.audubonhouse.com.
3:30 p.m. - Visit the Harry S. Truman Little White House, where the former U.S. president escaped Washington's cold weather during the winter. Truman spent 175 days of his presidency in the house from 1946 through 1952. Other presidents including John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton have also spent time at the house. http://www.trumanlittlewhitehouse.com.
6 p.m. - Walk to Mallory Square and stroll among jugglers, unicyclists, magicians and fortunetellers. Every evening people gather to celebrate the ultimate show: a spectacular sunset.
7 p.m. - Stop for dinner at an old cigar warehouse, which houses the El Meson de Pepe, a family owned and operated Cuban restaurant. Try the Ropa Vieja, a Cuban dish with shredded beef. http://www.elmesondepepe.com.
8 p.m. - For some live music walk down Duvall Street where there are plenty of bars and clubs for after dinner drinks.
10 p.m. - Make a stop at Captain Tony's Saloon on 428 Greene Street. The tree in the center was once a hanging tree, so beware of ghosts, especially the Lady in Blue child killer who reportedly haunts the lady's restroom. http://www.capttonyssaloon.com.
Midnight: The Green Parrot Bar at 601 Whitehead Street is just getting started. They have been serving cool drinks and hot music since 1890. http://www.greenparrot.com.
9 a.m. - After breakfast, head to Fury Water Adventures which offers water sports and tours on the waters of Key West and snorkeling along the coral reef. http://www.furycat.com.
11 a.m. - Visit colorful creatures on land at the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. http://www.keywestbutterfly.com
Noon - Try the traditional Cuban roasted pork on flattened bread at Sandy's CafÃ©. http://www.kwsandyscafe.com. Eat your sandwich at the southernmost point of the U.S., near mile marker zero of U.S. 1.
(Editing by Patricia Reaney and Todd Eastham)