The Keys Weekly took the time to interview arguably the most important people in Key West — the concierges. A concierge is, of course, a hotel associate whose job is to assist guests by arranging tours, making theater and restaurant reservations. But in reality, their duty is much more serious — they help Keys visitors find the experience they are looking for, or didn’t know they were looking for. In short, they are influencers, business builders and king-makers. This week, the Keys Weekly salutes the concierges of Key West.

Quick profile:  

Nate is 43, was born in Florida and his dream vacation is to go surfing in Bali or Indonesia.

What would you recommend if someone wanted to:


At Ocean Key we are a block away from party central. Hit the corner of Greene and Duval.

Meet men/women?

I would say go to a nice spot like Virgilio’s or do a sunset sail.

Quiet dinner for two?

I would say a place off the beaten path, Flaming Buoy or Seven Fish.

Best tourist attraction?

For nostalgic reasons, the Hemingway House because there is so much history and it gives a sense of how important this island is.

Best place to take the kids?

Higgs Beach has everything you need — a playground, pier, snorkels and sailboats to rent, and bathrooms.

Best place to recover?

The best place to recover is at Ocean Key Cabana. It has the best views, service, drinks and is the perfect remedy for the “hair of the dog.”

Best beach?

Boca Grande is the best beach because it is away from everyone and a local’s spot

Best way to spend time on the water?

Get a private captain for hire, go spearfishing, grab a few lobsters and watch the sunset on your way back.

Most outlandish request you have ever received?

A couple wanted to go parasailing naked over the reef. It happened.

Key West’s best-kept secret?

The best-kept secret is the local theaters. The Red Barn and Waterfront Playhouse have some great shows.

Best advice you’ve given someone at 3 a.m.?

Let’s have another round!

What is the most annoying question someone can ask a concierge?

Where is the bathroom? I get asked that 20 times a day.

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