Key West is one of the five tropical islands in the Straits of Florida and is located in the southernmost part of the Florida Keys archipelago. With some of the best beaches in America and renowned for its vibrant nightlife, the Conch Republic welcomes millions of visitors from around the world to its shores each year. If you are looking for your next holiday destination, look no further than Key West. Read on to find out some of the great reasons to consider this island for your next trip.
Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway or simply want to unwind from the stresses of daily life, this island in the heart of the Florida Keys can meet your needs. Luxuriate in crystal-clear waters and walk along soft sandy shorelines whilst overlooking spectacular sunsets on the many beautiful beaches Key West has to offer.
A watersport and ocean lover’s paradise, why not book one of the many Key West tours which offer everything from swimming with dolphins, kayaking, and jet skiing to reef and wreck diving? Sip some signature ‘Rum Runner’ cocktails, hailing from these islands, and soak up some sun on one of Key West’s many beaches as listed below:
- Smathers Beach
- Simonton Beach
- Fort Zachary Taylor
- Higgs Memorial Beach Park
- Bahia Honda State Park
Just 90 miles apart, the Cuban influence in Key West is unmistakable and can be seen most prominently through the streets of this small island. From former cigar factories and cottages where workers once lived, to the Cuban Consulate itself, Key West’s Cuban heritage is proudly displayed in Bahama Village and Key West Old Town.
The classical Caribbean style architecture dating back to the 1800s features traditional ‘conch houses’ with colonial-style facades boasting turrets, porches and balconies. All beautifully restored to look their best, these old houses offer a glimpse into former times and show the pride which upholds Key West’s cultural heritage.
One of Key West’s most popular attractions is the Hemingway Home and Museum. Home of the legendary author who lived there in the early 1930s, this historical landmark gives a glimpse into the life of one of America’s most famous writers.
Also on the list of sights to visit is one of Key West’s many lighthouses. With six in total, the Key West Lighthouse, standing at 65 feet tall, is one of the most impressive. Dating back to 1825, the views from the top offer a beautiful panorama of the entire island, and its accompanying Keeper’s Quarters Museum delves into the deep maritime history of the lighthouse and the lives of the lighthouse keepers throughout the years.
For nature lovers, Key West has a variety of rich offerings and green spaces. Some of the best picks include the Key West Tropical Forest and Botanical Garden, the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. From exotic birds, and abundant and colorful flora to fish, flamingos, and turtles, some of Mother Nature’s most beautiful and vibrant offerings can be found on this island.
With so much to see, do and enjoy, why not make Key West your next vacation destination?