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Peace and quiet along the backstreets of Key West.

November 13, 2012

Key West has a well-earned reputation for quirkiness, but there’s a quieter side that appeals to couples. Find Old Florida at its swooning, romantic best through the hidden gems of the island’s backstreets. Here, you’ll find lush gardens, moody restaurants, and, of course, dazzling, deep orange-hued sunsets.

Seven Fish

Hidden behind an unassuming white-stuccoed exterior, this intimate dinner spot is the most secluded restaurant in town. Reservations are essential, but those without one can sit at the bar and sample the seafood-based dishes, such as shrimp scampi.

Nancy's Secret Garden

Self-proclaimed environmental artist Nancy Forrester is the mastermind behind this oasis off Simonton Street. Like a patch of rainforest, it has dense foliage, squawking birds, and plenty of hidden nooks.

Good Life

Try the mango salsa–drenched fish tacos at this low-lit couple-owned spot.

Casa Marina Resort

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