After Hurricane Irma, so many people in Key West have banded together to prove their strength, resilience, and love for their communities.

Airports have resumed operations, U.S. Highway 1 has been repaired, and the Keys officially reopened for visitors on Oct. 1—almost three weeks ahead of schedule.

Our local Vacasa team in Key West has been a major part of the disaster response and recovery efforts, and shared these photos with us yesterday of life in Key West returning to normal.

1. The Conch Train is now up and running.

The Conch Train in Key West

2. You still have to wait in line to get into the Hemingway House…

Hemingway House in Key West Florida

3. …and the Hemingway House cats haven’t stopped sleeping.

Cat lying on the bed at the Hemingway House

4. These two aren’t ending their iconic embrace outside the Custom House anytime soon.

Statue of kissing couple in Key West

5. Huge cruise ships still dock daily in Mallory Square.

Cruise ship docked in Mallory Square in Key West

6. And it’s still the best place to watch the sunset…

sunset in Mallory Square

7. …unless you can get your hands on a boat.

Boat in key west at sunset

8. And, finally, what would a night out in Key West be without Sloppy Joe’s open for business?

Sloppy Joe's Bar in Key West

Key West businesses are ready to welcome travelers back to the island. Show your support and plan your visit today!

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Author: Rachael Decker

A Seattle native, Rachael first fell in love with travel on a trip to visit her grandparents in Palm Springs when she was five years old. Some of her other favorite destinations include the Amalfi Coast, Prague, Edinburgh, and London, where she studied abroad for four months. At home in Portland, you'll find her sampling regional ciders and taking weekend trips to the coast and Mt. Hood.