Key West sunset

Key West, an island city of Florida, is a unique subtropical paradise. It is a mix of history and unique architecture. With a Bahamian and Cuban heritage, Key West was strongly influenced by the Africans migrating from the Bahamas around the early 1800s.

Thanks to its charming contrasts, the island inspired famous people like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Jimmy Buffett. The island offer different art galleries and museums.

What to see

Hemingway’s house, firstly, celebrates of one of the most honoured American authors. Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Secondly, the Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and the Key West Art & History Museum  showcase the local culture through art, architecture and historical objects. Furthermore, travellers can easily visit all these attractions using public transportation, taxis, tour trains, bicycles or by foot.

Key West restaurants propose freshly local seafood, gourmet food or ethnic flavours. Moreover, at the local open-air bars and pubs, visitors can enjoy live music while drinking.

What to do

Above all, this is a tropical paradise known for the Sunset Celebration with a glowing pink and red sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico horizon. Nature lovers will enjoy the island’s beauty, crystal clear water and the coral reef. It  is several miles off shore and has an abundance of fishes. From the historic seaport, it is possible every day to organise diving and snorkelling excursions. For instance, the boat have scuba instructions and all the equipment available.

Key West is a family friendly destination offering free activities, parks, playgrounds and interesting excursions. The island’s Historic Seaport district is the perfect starting point to arrange a day on the water for a diving, snorkelling or sailing expedition.


Photo credit: © Florida Keys News Bureau, Andy Newman, Bob Krist, Ken Stanek