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Rodriguez Cigar Lounge in Key West

Key West’s cigar legacy dates back to the mid-19th century, when Cuban refugees began fleeing to the island during their country’s revolution against Spain. The Cubans brought with them their long-standing tradition of hand-rolled cigars, and soon the island was home to dozens of cigar factories. By the turn of the century, Key West was producing more than 100 million cigars per year and was known as the cigar capital of the world.

The industrial cigar trade eventually moved to other parts of Florida and the Caribbean, but the island still celebrates its cigar-making roots through local Key West cigar lounges, cigar shops, and independent cigar manufacturers. Gates Hotel brings a modern twist to this longstanding tradition with its very own cigar lounge and garden featuring Rodriguez Cigars.

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