Have You Ever Visited Key West Florida? Key West is an island city lying about 50 miles north of Cuba located at the end of a chain of islands extending in a southwest direction off the southern of Florida. It is the southern most point of the Continental United States of America. In pirate days it was known as Bone Island. It has also been referred to as the Conch Republic. If you fly there, plan on renting an automobile, so that you can get around more easily, as you explore the island; but also so that you can visit other islands in the chain between Key West and mainland Florida.
There are a number of interesting sites to see and plenty of excellent restaurants and bars to satisfy your taste. One island specialty not to be missed is frozen key lime pie covered with chocolate on a stick.
You will definitely want to see the “Green Flash”, as the sun sets down below the horizon into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Most people watch this event from Mallory Square, where there is a lot of activity each evening, including listening to live music, purchasing local crafts, food and libations, and watching various street performers entertain.
Another place to be sure and visit is the home of author Ernest Hemmingway. There you will see the five toe cats, that have the run of the pemises. When you walk on Front Street and Duval Street, you will have the opportunity to engage in people watching some in colorful garb, costumes, and decorative body painting during parades held during certain holiday seasons.
Have You Ever Visited Key West Florida?
Of course there are beaches for sun lovers, who may take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean or the Gulf. Smathers beach, about a half a mile in length, is the longest a public beach on the island. It is located along the south side of Key West. Some hotels have their own private beaches. There are also wonderful opportunities to snorkel and scuba discover over one of the beautiful coral reefs nearby. For you fisherman there are charter boats with experienced captains and other crew members available to rent.
History buffs will want to take in Fort Zachary Taylor built in the middle 1800s and used during the American Civil War and the Spanish American War. Then you can visit President Truman’s Winter White House on the westmost point of the island. There are also interesting artifacts from salvages of coastal marine sinkings to be seen at the Shipwreck Museum. The first Key West Lighthouse was completed in 1825 and destroyed by fire. A 65 foot tower was reconstructed and was first lit in 1849, then deactivated in 1969. It is now operated by officials, who manage the museum on the site. Another museum not to miss is the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Also of interest is the Audubon Home and Tropical Gardens and the Key West Aquarium and the Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. In the course of your wanderings you will find several art galleries of interest.
For the truly adventurous, you may wish to take to the sky and try parasailing high above the ocean for breath-taking views. For the more earthbound, you may enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful 18 hole Key West Golf Club.
There are plenty of hotel, motel, and resort accommodations to fit your budgets and needs. Key West for sure offers the perfect winter get away vacation. Happy Travels!
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