Key West is one of Florida’s most popular beach destinations – just think sun, fun, margaritas… and Jimmy Buffet!
Ponce de Leon first discovered Key West in 1521 – today, the popular beach destination draws over two million visitors a year. It’s beautiful white sandy beaches, sunny climate, spectacular sunsets, fun water sports and scuba-diving, laid-back atmosphere, shopping, trendy restaurants, hot bars and chic nightclubs makes Key West a FUN place to visit.
It’s long been a mecca for tourists and artists, like Jimmy Buffet. His Margaritaville restaurant and bar is one of the most popular in Key West.
Explore this fun city – sit back and enjoy a narrated Old Town Trolley Tour and hear about the history, lore and legends of Key West – as your expert tour guide turns back the pages of history to the days of Indians, Pirates, Ship Wrecks and the Civil War. We always recommend taking a “Hop-On Hop-Off” Tour – it’s a great way to see all the sights when you first arrive in a city… then you can go back to the places where you want to spend more time.
Key West is known as the Conch Republic – everything is named after the Conch Shells. Popular island foods include Conch Chowder, Conch Meat… and Conch Fritters (delicious!) There’s even an annual Conch Blowing Contest – sometimes referred to as the “Conch Honk!” Florida is also famous for its yummy Key Lime Pie. And what could be better than “Chocolate Dip Key Lime Pie” – head over to Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe for a taste of this fabulous dessert.
The city has a rich literary history – did you know that 27 Pullizer-Prize winning novelists have called Key West home? Nobel Prize winner Ernest Hemmingway lived in Key West in the 30s and 40s – he did about 50% of his writing there, including his classic “For Whom The Bell Tolls.” And Tennessee Williams completed “A Streetcar Named Desire” at a local Key West Hotel. Sounds like a perfect destination for budding novelists and screenwriters!
Harry Truman (America’s 33rd President) spent so many working vacations in Key West during his Presidency (175 days), that the house and gardens he visited became known as “The Little White House.” Today, the venue draws visitors from around the world – tours are offered daily.
Looks like there’s something for everyone at this “Fun-in-the-Sun Getaway!”
What are some of your favorite Key West hang-outs?
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