Don't miss out on probably the most visited and photographed monument of Key West! This landmark, created to bear a resemblance to a buoy, is supposed to point out the southernmost location in the continental U.S. The reading from the buoy makes claim that from this very spot there are only 90 miles to Cuba and if you squint you might actually catch sight of the island on a bright and sunny day.
Sit down, lean back and relax on Key West’s most comprehensive tour, the hop- on/hop- off trolleys. The local expert tour conductors will guide as well as entertain you through the vivid Old Town of Key West with its over 100 points of interest. This paradise city is brought to you in an undemanding, delightful yet informative way.
Do you want a go-to-see-and-experience place for all ages? Well then you have found it! A most unique ecological phenomenon with a one of a kind underwater ocean laboratory that will take you to its depths. You will find the native flora and animals of the Keys and the spectacular and diverse ecosystem of this region. Perfect even for children with among other things a living reef exhibit and the Center's theater that provides you with easy to access information about both on land and underwater life.
Welcome to the very heart of the city. This is where it all happens. Mallory Square gives you splendid shopping, flavourful food, exciting entertainment and spectacular sunsets. Here, every night is a festival. Two hours before the sun goes down the Sunset Celebration begins. You will encounter performers of various kinds ranging from aerial acrobats and stuntdogs to bagpipers and local musicians.
Located in the Old Town, this was the official Key West residence of Nobel Prize winning author Ernest Hemingway, as in 1968 it enjoyed the distinction of becoming a U.S. national Historic Landmark. Tour the spectacular gardens, with an impressive variety of flowers and trees, and observe the 20,000 dollar swimming pool that Hemingway enjoyed, an unusual opulence at that time. Before you go visit the bookstore lined with the author’s famous books and a plethora of other souvenirs.
The most famous and most visited street in Key West. Why? It stretches out from shore to shore (from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean) with a multitude of restaurants, pubs and shopping opportunities unfolding before you. Pop into Ernest Hemingway's favourite pub Sloppy Joe's or have a Cuban coffee at restaurant Havana - Key West. Beyond this Duval Street is home to a rich nightlife and several times a year you can go plunging into Duval Street Festivals which celebrate art, lifestyle, history and more.
Considered a gem of historical interior design the Audubon House is a restoration project which is furnished as a replica of a prosperous 1800s Key West home. The constructor and first owner of the house was one of the ten most affluent men in the Florida Keys during this time. Both the house and its tropical garden give the visitor a glimpse of every- day- life in a rich man's home of the mid 19th century. The garden itself is worth a visit. It has a cook house as well as a herb garden alongside 200 blooming orchids.
This is a full day affair you will definitely want to embark on. This spacious ocean vessel offers comfort and relaxation as you drift along on the open blue waters. Prepare to be amazed by the 19th Century fort with superlative marine life, as you learn about this great piece of history and enjoy snorkeling in the surrounding island waters. This 100 square mile park is also a sanctuary for endangered species.
If buildings could talk this lighthouse would tell a remarkable story of its own and its Keeper's quarters' history. It has been through hurricanes, wars and construction due to urbanization. The stories also include the brave and dedicated Keepers who kept the light of the tower burning no matter what. The lighthouse Keepers have left footprints for you to marvel over as you find their belongings, photographs and lives put on display in the museum.
This is the best beach in Key West situated in the park of Fort Zachary Taylor. With 87 acres of delicate sand, bask in the sun, take the time to read your favorite book, and peek up to watch the brilliant cruise ships enter and exit the harbor. Go for a thrilling swim, or snorkel in the turquoise waters. For a small fee this beach offers grilling amenities, and access to picnic tables.
Fury Water Adventure offers a variety of water fun. There is something for everyone; jet ski and glass bottom boat rides, catamaran cruises, parasailing, paddleboard rentals, snorkling opportunies and more. This will be an adventure you’ll never forget with the crystal blue waters and spectacular marine life. Glass Bottom Boat :
Being an artificial reef made of a former military ship which has been intentionally sunk in 2009 this must be every diver's most wanted thrill. Located 7 miles offshore of Key West. Trivial facts: the ship is even a film star, used in the filming of the movie "Virus" in 1996. One company that organizes dives to Vanderberg Wreck is Adventure watersport charters :
One of their logos is “come see what everyone’s talking about”, and so you must. Feel part of this rich history of Key West, as live actors will tell stories of shipwrecking days 150 years ago. Artifacts and a variety of videos will further educate you on this abundant piece of history.
This was President Harry S. Truman’s winter retreat and location for many important presidential decisions. Established in 1974, as a museum, expand your knowledge through photo and video galleries, and enjoy the museum store filled with memorabilia from his presidential days.
Something out of the ordinary, a museum afloat that is dedicated to honour those who served during the World War II and Vietnam War. The U.S. coast guard history comes alive with this intriguing ship which has cruised the ocean waters during 50 years of service. Get to know the life aboard while either guided by expert witnesses or at your own pace and find yourself passing through a time capsule with crucial maritime moments from back in the day.
Built in 1933 during The Great Depression to stimulate the economy, this is perhaps one of the most unique aquariums in the world. It has exhibits for many sea creatures, especially ones native to Key West, and also offers stingray petting and feeding tanks. Don’t leave without seeing the plethora of fish, turtles and of course Atlantic water massive sharks!
Experience a magical encounter with these colorful, spectacular, and gentle fluttering creatures. An oasis with a spectrum of colors, stroll through the climate control exhibits of birds, plants, exotic flowers and serene waterfalls. With over 60 butterfly species, this is a perfect activity for your little ones as they will learn exciting and marveling facts, and witness close encounters with delicate live caterpillars.
After a day in the beaming sun you might want to take refuge in this inviting and stylistically pure church made partly of limestone rock from the area. It offers opportunities to quiet meditation, a visit to the shrine or simply a stroll in the neat garden. Being the oldest Catholic church in South Florida it has been named a basilica since 2012 because of "its historical significance, its architectural uniqueness and its spiritual characteristics".
The Key West Garden Club is an amazingly beautiful venue for garden lovers and seekers of tranquility. This is an old Civil War fort and National Historic site which offers a variety of tropical flowering plants and trees along with a lily pond and even a small waterfall. The sea breeze is present and the magnetic scenery attracts wedding receptions. This is one of the area's few tourist attractions with no admission charge. The Key West Garden Club is a non- profit organization.
Camille's does not disguise the fact that this is the favourite restaurant among locals. In an eccentric and retro styled environment you are servered deliciouis gourmet dainties and dishes with prices for the common man. Don't miss out on the unsurpassed Key Lime Pie.
For the more romantic and sophisticated occasion gratify your tastebuds with authentic Italian cuisine. Here is an array of choices of high class pasta and seafood dishes, you could even savor escargots. This is a bistro with a great portion of quality and hospitality.
A 3,000 square feet dinning excellence, with indoor and outdoor seating overlooking Key West Harbor, Hot Tin Roof will entice you with its traditional Floridan cuisine with Caribbean influences and culinary hues. Appropriately named, this place offers many tasty preferences from meat lovers to vegan. A spectacular view while dining and the impeccable services will keep you coming back.
With hearty ambiance and a picturesque Victorian porch as seating option the 915 entice you with Peking Duck Confit, Grilled Octopus and Lobster Ravioli among other menu alternatives. Choose a nice wine from the international and wide- ranging wine list to match your selection of dish.
Hot or iced, non- flavored or flavored, big or small, make a wish for your Cuban coffee - it comes in all shapes and tastes. Whether you are a coffee addict or just an epicurean you will find your favourite. Gulp down with an appetizing sandwhich or wrap and then you are ready to face the vibrant life in the Keys.
Tourist or not, you simply must drop by Earnest Hemingway's favorite bar. With live entertainment, national record fish hanging in the bar, look-alike contests (in July) and the original Sloppy Joe Sandwich this original bar dating back to 1937 should live up to your expectations.
Smokin' Tuna Saloon is one of those out-of-the-way sort of bars. It offers a nice open- air seating with a leafy garden, partially under awning, to take advantage of the pleasant Floridian weather. Here you will be supplied with fine drinks, well cooked seafood and live music.
With a rustic charm and unique maritime decor this bar and grill beckons locals as well as tourists with its beautiful view of the typical yachts of Key West's seaport and waterfront. Voted Best Local's Bar six years in a row with interesting food and drinks out of the ordinary. Find a variety of speciality cocktails, martinis, margaritas and mojitos. Also hosting live music with special guest musician such as Mike McCloud, and legendary bluesmen Big Jack Johnson and Johnny Johnson.
As the name implies, you will enjoy an impressive variety of rum selections. Great place for a night out in town, indulge in the lingering aromas of Rum Punch, Dark& Stormy creations or the fresh and minty mojitos. If you are feeling hungry, don´t worry, they also provide a menu with American cuisine.
If you fancy watching your favorite team while savoring typical Key West and American food or sipping tasteful mojitos join the crowd and turn your head to one of the 25 jumbo flats screen TVs at the Lazy Gecko. Here you can also enjoy live music and happy hour 5-8 pm with two for one drinks!
With multitude of shops, restaurants and pubs, Duval Street is definitely one of the best places to shop at when in Key West. Here you will find locally produced clothing as well as designer clothing, including perfumes, handbags, jewelry and watches. Whatever you are looking for you will find it here, so don´t miss out this famous street.
Artistic creations and personal- care products is what this out-of-the-ordinary soap store presents to you. Savor the tropical fragrances while the products are handcrafted on site. The natural multicolored soaps are crafted in playful shapes resembeling the spirit of the Keys; palm trees, conch shells, dolphins and two-toned flip-flops among others.
Dare to be a hat person? No matter the occation Key West Madhatter can provide you with the hat you need. There is a selection of over 2000 different kinds of hats and any other accessories you might want. Be bold and beautiful, special and daring or just crazy and funny, pick out that special hat of your choice!
In this neat mall in the oldest brick building in Key West, a former US Navy Customs building, you will encounter a bit of everything. Small boutiques with products ranging from homemade fudge, tropical wines to beachwear, branded sunglasses and fishing apparel. There are also a perfume outlet and a venture with activities for children and families. Don't miss out on 3D Mini Me sculptures which promises you "a one of a kind miniature replica of you". Reasonable prices and a fair selection of merchandise.
Come and watch your sandals being made. Using handmade craftmen techniques the Kino's Sandal Factory lives up to its reputation. The sandals are of genuine quality leather and therefore durable and very comfortable. They come in several colours and shapes, both male and female choices.
Key West International Airport is an international airport situated in Monroe County, Florida, two miles east of Key West, just minutes from many Key West accommodations, attractions and downtown Key West. Transportation services available from and to the airport include: rental cars, shuttles, taxis, and bus services. For current rates and charges contact individual companies for details: eyw.com/page/ground-transportation Taxis and Key West Transit buses are conveniently situated curb side at the terminal. Rental cars counter is located right on-site and here you will find companies such as Avis, Hertz, Budget, Dollar and Thrifty. You can also fly into Miami International Airport (MIA). It is a approximately 2 hours north of Key West.
Key West offers extensive public bus service that can be used for getting around the area. There are four bus routes running within the city of Key West, called Blue Route, Red Route, Green Route and Orange Route and two additional routes that travel between Key West & Marathon. The buses run every 60-90 minutes, so a schedule map is recommended. When boarding the buss make sure you have the exact change. Maps, bus stops, real-time information, and timetables are available online at www.kwtransit.com and www.cityofkeywest-fl.gov