Most people know the Florida Keys and Key West as a great getaway. One of the most unique places on earth. Calm. Serene. Laid back. Just the right setting to recharge your batteries and rejuvenate your spirits. But a getaway to the Florida Keys and Key West is much more than peace and quiet. And not just because of the legendary fishing and the world’s most spectacular dive sites. The Keys mean history. Art. Theatre. Museums. Shopping. Fine dining. Entertainment. And much more. All told, 120 miles of perfect balance between natural beauty and extra-ordinary excitement. Between relaxation and activities. Between the quaint and the classic. And you’ll find our accommodations just as diverse as our pleasures. From some of the best camping spots in the country to luxurious hotels. From charming bed-and-breakfasts to rustic, family-owned lodgings. In other words, we’ve got something for everyone. In the next few pages you’ll get to know what your Florida Keys vacation can and will be like. What you’d expect. And what will surprise you. Our fame and our secrets. We figured we owed it to you. After all, we wouldn’t want you to get here and wish you had booked just a few more days.
It’s real. And breathtaking. The kind of natural beauty
that doesn’t exist anywhere else. From our pristine waters to
the spectacular Great Heron National Wildlife Refuge. Put on your gear
and explore the incredible living reefs of the Looe Key National Marine
Sanctuary, named after the HMS Looe which ran aground here in 1744.
Nearby, marvel at the Adolphus Busch, Sr. the underwater attraction.
Whether you drive or fly into Key West, one thing’s
for sure: there’s simply no place quite like it. An island city
of palm-lined streets boasting Victorian homes, gingerbread conch houses
and mansions on the National Register. John Audubon and Ernest Hemingway
lived here. One had a passion for preservation. The other, a great zest
for living. And that combination gives Key West its unique personality.
The moment you get on world-famous Duval Street, in Old Town Key West,
you do more than feel the ambiance. You become a part of it. Sure, Key
West is dive shops and charter boats. And glorious sunsets. But it’s
also a Bahamian Village. Historic Forts. Lighthouses. Theaters. Museums.
Galleries. Festivals. Markets. Sidewalk cafes. Legendary pubs. Even
Truman’s Little Whitehouse. At Key West you can buy a postcard
or a famous handprint. You don’t need a car. Tour the city on
foot or by trolley. Mingle with some of the world’s most fun-loving
characters. And find some of the best-made cigars and aloe products
anywhere. Key West is unique. And unspoiled. A feast for your heart
and your soul. In short, if you’re planning on visiting Key West,
plan on staying longer than anticipated.
photos and text courtesy of the Monroe County Tourist Development Council
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