Key West • Florida
Located at the Southernmost point of the continental United States is the quaint, vibrant 'island city' of Key West, Florida. Lying about 90 miles north of Cuba, the lively destination is well known for its picturesque conch-style houses, landmarks like the Hemingway Home and Duval Street, and renowned sunsets at Mallory Square.
Key West is a remote destination to its own benefit; arriving to the island is easer than you might imagine. Some options include flying directly into Key West International Airport, taking a catamaran from Southwest Florida, or flying to Miami/Fort Lauderdale and embarking on one of the most scenic drives in America. The Overseas Highway is a 113-mile highway leapfrogging through the Florida Keys, taking you to the end of US Route 1, and exploring places like Islamorada and Seven Mile Bridge along the way.
Whether you're visiting for a week or weekend, there is something for everyone. From snorkeling at Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas, touring art galleries like Wyland's, to strolling down Duval Street with a cocktail in hand or boarding a Ghosts & Gravestones night tour, it's hard to run out of things to do while on the tiny island. Getting around the island is simple: seeing the island by foot allows you to set your own pace, however, for those with a limited schedule may enjoy a trolley tour, renting bicycles, or catching a boat cruise.
If you're curious about six-toed cats and Ernest Hemingway's immaculate Key West home, be sure to tour the Hemingway Homeon Whitehead Street across from the Key West lighthouse. For kids and tourists of all ages, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatoryis home to 50+ different species of live butterflies, 2 chatty flamingos, dozens of birds, and an extraordinary gift shop. Take a leisurely stroll through the glass habitat, listen to the peaceful sounds of nature and waterfalls, and keep a sharp watch for developing caterpillars and some snacking butterflies.
Duval Street is lined with restaurants, famous bars, cafes, museums, shops, galleries, and more. Venturing off Duval Street you will find other bars and restaurants nestled into courtyards surrounded by banyan trees and tropical lighting. Grab a t-shirt from Sloppy Joe's Bar, order a tropical cocktail from Conch Republic Seafood Company, dine al fresco at Grand Cafe, and catch a live band at Hog's Breath Saloon. The marina on the northern part of the island is home to hundreds of boats and yachts. Walk along the boardwalk with your cocktail in hand, have fresh seafood for lunch, and watch the fishermen feed the local tarpon. Look closely, sometimes a manatee and a shark like to join!
Key West is the place to be year-round. There is tons of history, character, entertainment, and secrets packed into a tiny island. Plan your next trip to Key West and discover all it has to offer.