It might be one of Florida’s most popular vacation destinations. But anyone who thinks Key West is over-rated because of that, has not been to Key West. America’s southernmost city on the continent, this little island paradise packs in some major attractions while moving at a pace all its own.
Visitors to Key West will find the city is meant for walking. The tiny island is accessible by car, but it’s much easier to park and walk, or take advantage of public transportation that includes taxis, pedi-cabs, trolleys and more. Bicycle and moped rentals are even available to help visitors take in all Key West has to offer.
While in Key West, visitors have the opportunity to visit some of South Florida’s most historic places. With museums, galleries and historic sites combining with incredible beaches, scuba adventures and more, the Keys are perfect for a relaxing getaway that’s just right for the entire family.
Perhaps one of the most noted sites here is Ernest Hemingway’s home on the island. Visitors are welcome to tour the home of the legendary scribe. They are even welcome in his private writing abode and can gaze at the black, manual typewriter he once used to create his works. The home in and of itself is amazing, but actually standing in the rooms where Hemingway wrote his legendary works is awe inspiring.
One of the biggest draws of Key West is its daily sunset festival. That’s right, there’s a party every evening on this island that was so loved by the likes of Harry Truman and Tennessee Williams. The Sunset Celebration takes place on Mallory Dock each evening. It’s attended by visitors and a whole host of locals and performers. On any given night, visitors can see jugglers, musicians, street artists and more. Plus, there are many sidewalk cafes, historic pubs and restaurants to visit.
Other features of Key West include Bahama Village, which was a favorite stop for Hemingway. The area was initially settled by Bahamian immigrants in the 19th century. It includes shops, restaurants and more. Plus, Key West Bight offers visitors a view of the historic shipping district. On any given day, visitors can see a multitude of ships, including shrimp vessels.
With a party 365 days a year, there’s always a reason to celebrate in Key West. The city’s roots go back to the early Spanish and its lush, tropical atmosphere make it a one of a kind stop for any Florida vacation.