Key West

Duval Street, Key West, Florida Keys
Duval Street
Key West, Florida Keys

Key West, the last of the Florida Keys, absolutely teems with excitement and is rich in history. This small island actually spans only 2 miles by 4 miles and is closest to Cuba (approximately 90 miles) than it is to Miami (approximately 150 miles distant).

An absolute treasure trove and exciting to explore, Key West has many attractions for visitors of all ages. From the home of Ernest Hemingway to the treasure of the Atocha and much more, Key West abounds with history and culture.

Walk along Duval Street – fondly known as the longest main street in the world because it goes from one coast to the other – and explore the many shops and bars along the way. Take your picture at Mile Marker 0, the farthest point south you can be in the United States. Make sure you stay for the world-famous Sunset Festival held in Mallory Square every night. This event is always varied, never planned, and yet filled with vendors, jugglers, mimes, musicians and street artists. An experience you don't want to miss!
The clear blue waters surrounding Key West and the Lower Florida Keys have much to offer scuba divers, snorkelers and anglers. There is no place else in the United States to see so many species of marine life in one spot. Wrecks and reefs, both artificial and natural coral, are home to hundreds of species of tropical and game fish. Just north of the Lower Keys, the waters are shallow and hold tarpon, bonefish, permit, shark and barracuda. Among the wrecks and reefs, you can catch snapper, grouper, cobia and kingfish.

Key West is also known as the Conch Republic. The Conch Republic was born on April 23, 1982, after the U.S. Border Patrol blockaded the Keys with a "border." Mayor Dennis Wardlow seceded Key West from the Union, declared War, then surrendered demanding Foreign Aid; creating "The People Who Seceded Where Others Failed." Each April, Key West celebrates Conch Republic Days to commemorate our succession from the Union in 1982.

Come enjoy one of the world's most fascinating cities – experience Key West in the Florida Keys.