Best of The Florida Keys


Key Largo, Islamorada, Marathon, The Lower Keys & Key West

KEY WEST- the Spanish name for this island is Cayo Hueso, meaning "island of bones".  This less than pleasant name was coined by Spanish explorers that found the skeletal remains of Indians when they discovered Key West.  Only 90 miles from Cuba, Key West served as a waypoint for travelers between the United States and Cuba prior to Fidel Castro taking power.


Like the other islands, Key West offers great fishing and diving. Duval Street is a favorite of visitors and is the location of such renowned establishments as "Sloppy Joes" (pictured below) and "Hogs Breath Saloon". The original Sloppy Joes, now Capt. Tony's, was a favorite watering hole of author Ernest Hemingway when he lived in Key West. As you progress south on Duval Street, you will encounter the islands growing art district. This area has a number of galleries featuring both local talents and nationally recognized artists.  Be sure to check out 111 Front Street, home to the Harry S. Truman Little White House.  It's open year round, including all holidays.

Key West offers a variety of rides and attractions that can satisfy the needs of most anyone. You can tour the island in the famous Conch Train, see the unbelievable in Ripley's Believe it or not or learn about some of the accomplishments of John James Audubon at the Audubon House. Depending upon the time of year you visit the Keys, you may even catch one of its interesting festivals such as Hemingway Days or Fantasy Fest. Hemingway Days is a tribute to the life and times of one time Key West resident Ernest Hemingway. During the festival the island is inundated with gray bearded gentlemen vying to be the winner of the festival's Ernest Hemingway look alike contest.

After a day of sightseeing and shopping, be sure and attend "Sunset Fest" at Mallory Square (north end of Duval). This nightly event is where both locals and visitors gather to experience a glorious Florida Keys sunset while being entertained by musicians and Key West style carnival acts. As you watch the sunset to the sound of a piper playing "Amazing Grace" in the background, you will begin to understand why locals refer to the Florida Keys and Key West as "paradise". Sunset Fest is the perfect way to end your day and begin your evening.

DISCOVER KEY WEST
Visit the LODGING section for the Lower Keys to read about and see photos of places to stay.  Check travel dates and book your accommodation selection right online.  If you are an RV traveler, be sure to check out the RV PARKS offered in Big Pine Key and the Lower Florida Keys area.
Discover state and county PARKS located throughout the Lower Keys.  Our parks offer children play areas, hiking trails, swimming, canoeing and so much more.
Our COMMUNITY information can help with relocation, interest in a second home and visitor assistance on locations of local resources.  The Realtor's listed in our web site are knowledgeable of our area, market and best suited for serving your REAL ESTATE needs.
Check out THINGS TO KNOW for fun fact and interesting information to help plan your visit.  You may also want to take a look at area ATTRACTIONS and a few FAMILY FUN ideas to include in your plans.
Your visit won't be complete without spending some time on or in the water.  Whether you'd enjoy a FISHING CHARTERDIVE or SNORKEL trip, or FAMILY FUN such as canoeing, our waters are beaming with excitement and beauty that only the world of SEA LIFE can offer.  As a good friend once told me, "You just can't visit the Keys without trying Key Lime pie."  Most all of our DINING establishments offer their take on the Key Lime pie.  You'll just have to try it for yourself and decide which is your pick... sweet, tart, or that delightful frozen Key Lime pie on a stick (dipped in chocolate, of course).





Key West - Southernmost city in the Continental U.S.

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