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Key West, Florida

Key West, Florida

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Western Caribbean Itinerary

Casually hanging out at the tip of the fabled Florida Keys, Key West is the southernmost point in the continental U.S., famous for Ernest Hemingway and Jimmy Buffett (and their favorite hangouts), charming homes, sunsets, sport fishing, historic spots, and a way-laid-back lifestyle. You won’t be in town long enough to waste away, but you sure can try.

Key West’s Mallory Square at sunset

AMBIENCE

As Florida’s southernmost landfall, Americans feel more secure wandering Key West than other ports. The charm of its century-old buildings and the small-town air put you right at ease. Most attractions are a short stroll from the pier, and streets head off in (mostly) straight lines. To visit the sights, just start walking!

HISTORY & CULTURE

Spaniards called this flat, sun-drenched outpost “Cayo Hueso” (Island of Bones). The English (some buccaneers among ‘em) were soon mispronouncing it “Key West.” The U.S. Navy banished the pirates and has been stationed here ever since. Nearby, treacherous reefs sank countless vessels in the New Orleans trade, making salvage crews fabulously rich. A lighthouse turned that boom into a bust, and the town has been reborn again and again as a capital for spongers, cigar rollers, a President, treasure seekers, wealthy vacationers, artists and writers (James Audubon, Tennessee Williams, Robert Frost, Ernest Hemingway, and Thornton Wilder), and generations of dropouts from the rat race. Islanders declared the Conch Republic in 1982 to protest a federal roadblock that choked access to the Florida Keys. They soon had enough media attention to restore free passage, and though this is the U.S.A., the Conch Republic’s flag still flies high.

FACTS

Size: 4 mi. (6.5 km.) wide x 2 mi. (3 km.) long
Climate: Subtropical Temperatures: 72°F (22°C) to 82°F (28°C)
Population: 24,832 Busy Season: Mid-February to April
Language: English Money: U.S. Dollar
Time Zone: Eastern (DST observed) Transportation: Walking, scooters
Phones: Dial 1- from U.S., dial 911 for emergencies
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