Our Beautiful Island
Known as America’s southernmost point, the historic city of Key West is located at the lowest point of the Florida Keys string of islands. The unique tropical blend of energy, entertainment and atmosphere has made Key West a beloved destination in America by families, couples, singles, anglers and celebrities alike. With inspiring real estate from a luxury vacation condo or villa rental to a romantic hotel or resort, there are endless holiday options in the Keys.
Things To Do
The island attractions in the Key West area include historic landmarks, nature encounters and water activities. Additionally, the legendary nightlife scene, high-profile festivals (like Fantasy Fest and Lobster Season) and welcoming island gay and lesbian community draws thousands of tourists to the island. While in the area, enjoy a water activity on the cerulean waters, like jet skiing or charter fishing, or submerge yourself beneath the surface on a scuba diving excursion. Charter a guided motor boat tour to learn about area shipwrecks and pirate lore. A simple car rental provides access on the Overseas Highway to neighboring islands and the Dry Tortugas. Before departing Key West, observe the spectacular sunsets ashore from a tropical beach, Mallory Square or on a romantic sail boat cruise.
Places To Go
Stroll tropical Old Town in Key West, and discover quaint shell shops, bohemian boutiques and local art galleries on Duval Street. Admire the gingerbread-laced “Conch” style architecture throughout this historic city. Visit famous spots, such as the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Southernmost Point and John Audubon House, during your vacation.
Getting Around The Island
The town of Key West offers several methods of public transportation, making it easy to navigate the small city. Additionally, much of the island is walking and bicycling accessible. Hop on and off the Conch Train, flag down a taxicab, rent a scooter, utilize an automobile or charter a boat for quick transit.
Getting To and From The Island
Access the Key West area by air and fly into either Key West or Miami International Airports – daily flights are available from most major U.S. cities. Greyhound shuttle buses offer three departures from Miami each day. Coast down U.S. 1 in a vehicle, motorcycle or RV and enjoy beautiful scenery for the entire 3-hour drive. Should you prefer to arrive by water, cruise in on your private sail boat or motor boat and dock at a resort marina, or take the Key West Ferry from three southern Florida cities.
The dramatic scenery, colorful history and eclectic old-world energy make the island of Key West an ideal holiday destination. With beautiful, azure waters, Bahamian-influenced architecture and island hospital, there’s something for everyone to love in the Keys.
- The U.S. Dollar is the local currency in Key West.
- The average annual temperature is 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
- United States citizens and residents do not need a passport or visa to travel to Key West.
- The capital of Florida, Tallahassee, is located at 30°27'N latitude and 84°17'W longitude.
- The peak travel season is January through June.
- Key West is pet-friendly.
- Vehicles drive on the right side of the road in Key West.
- Area airports do not have a departure tax.
- Popular Key West festivals and events include: Lobster Fest, Fantasy Fest and the Annual Ernest Hemingway Days.