You may run into a variety of unlikely couples in Key West, but none more intriguing than The Mermaid and the Alligator. No, you won’t find this pair walking along Duval Street. Instead, stroll down Truman Avenue and look for the endearing sign that captures the image of a lovely mermaid bestowing a kiss on the snout of the alligator. You’ll know you have arrived at the most whimsical bed and breakfast in Key West.statue

As the story goes, in 1989 the original owners of the historic B&B purchased the fascinating statue of the namesake mermaid and alligator that holds court next to the pool. The Miami artist crafted a likeness of his granddaughter as the mermaid. No one knows who modeled for the alligator.

Mermaid HammockThe owners, enamored by the pair, retained both the name and the tribute statuary as they created their own dream of an elegant yet comfortable oasis amid lively Old Town Key West.

The charming, Victorian era bed and breakfast preserves the warm, home like atmosphere that keeps guests coming back. A welcoming hammock on the spacious veranda is a preview to the relaxation in store for you. You will also be greeted by Cava and Havana, resident Flat Coated Retrievers, who alleviate your “miss my doggie” blues.

guest roomEach of the nine distinctive guest rooms provides the finest amenities and each has a singular personality. Dade County pine, stylish furnishings, and original art gleaned during the inn keeper’s extensive travels combine to fashion an incomparable lodging experience. Once settled in, enjoy a complimentary glass of wine as soothing music fills the air in the lush, exotic gardens.

exotic orchidYou may not want to leave this sanctuary of colorful and enchanting flora, dense vegetation, chirping birds and calming water sounds transporting you miles away from city life. Explore the inviting walkways and find unusual blooms and intoxicating fragrances, then take a seat and linger as long as you care to.

Not to neglect the other “B” of your B&B experience- the morning repast, served poolside is a treat you won’t soon forget. Take pleasure in the full breakfast featuring freshly ground Costa Rican coffee, home made, fresh out of the oven baked goods, such as banana-walnut bread, pepper-parmesan loaf or cappuccino muffins. Mmmm. Eggs Monterey, a signature breakfast entrée is a delicious favorite!Eggs Monterey

Friendly and accommodating, the on premise concierge service will answer all your questions, arrange for an exploration of the island and surrounding waters and reserve a perfect dining experience. The Mermaid and the Alligator would want nothing less for you than a captivating place combining Key West history, hospitality and the comforts of home.