You are in for a real treat, welcome to Paradise!
The laid back lifestyle, southern charm and Caribbean flavor are what make Key West what it is today. While some may enjoy a quaint bed and breakfast or guesthouse tucked away on an Old Town Key West lane, others love to be pampered and would enjoy one of the waterfront resorts and luxury hotels that dot the island.
Key West has plenty of things to do. World class fishing exists both on the shallow water flats and in the deep blue sea beyond the barrier coral reef. And plenty of other opportunities to get out on the water are available. Dolphin watch tours, jet skis, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, and sunset cruises are available year round.
If you have visited Key West before, you are probably still talking about your vacation and have some fond memories of a fabulous Key West Vacation at one of the great Key West Hotels, or the memory of the fabulous Key West sunset, walking down an Old Town lane and smelling the jasmine, singing along downtown at one of the famous Key West bars on Duval Street.
Many visitors rent a bicycle and explore the history and architecture of Old Town Key West. Walking tours, including a tour of the unusual Key West Cemetery. The Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is a daily spectacle for everyone. Boat excursions and tours provide a great way to view Key West and marine life from the water.
The Duval Street bar and restaurant district includes many different entertainment options, all within walking distance of each other.
Duval Street Among others:
Sloppy Joe's, Captain Tony's Saloon, Rick's, Durty Harry's, Hog's Breath, Irish Kevins, Cowboy Bill's Honky Tonk Saloon, Lazy Gecko, Mary O'Shea's Glass Garden, Flying Monkeys, Fogarty's, The Bull, The Whistle, Garden of Eden - Clothing optional rooftop bar, Fat Tuesday's, Hard Rock Cafe, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Willie T's, Guy Harvey's Island Grill
Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams
Numerous artists and writers have passed through Key West, but the two most associated with the island are Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams.
In 1982 the city of Key West briefly declared its "independence" as the Conch Republic in a protest over a United States Border Patrol blockade. Flags, T-shirts and other merchandise representing the Conch Republic are still popular souvenirs for visitors to Key West, and the Conch Republic Independence is celebrated every April 23.
Songs About Key West
A number of songs have been written about Key West (Cayo Hueso). The song most associated with Key West is Margaritaville by Jimmy Buffett