Key West... It is America's Caribbean. Easy to get to and a must visit for every Islander.
Beautiful waters, interesting people, and enough bars that you could almost visit one a day for a full year. When you think of Key West, the thoughts of a tropical paradise pop into mind. Grab a drink, sit at Smathers beach for the day, then go watch the sun set from Mallory Square.
Sunset Key Resort
Jimmy Buffett got his inspiration from Key West. Captain Tony put his saloon there back in '58. Henry Flagler took 15 years to fully build his Overseas Railroad to connect it to Miami.
Staying in Key West can be a bit expensive and a bit of sticker shock for first time visitors. Most bars & restaurants on Duval Street will get a premium for their drinks and food. Ask a few locals where they would go to grab a bite to eat to experience something that is less than touristy.
Thinking about Moving to Key West? Better have a good job lined up. Island lifestyles can be a bit expensive. Tack on the fact that Key West is a hot destination to begin with and just about anything you want to do on the island can be more expensive.
Travel Tip: If money is a factor, try staying just outside of Key West at a hotel on another Key. You will not have to pay premium rates for being right at a tourist destination.
A Photo of a Performer in Mallory Square in Key West
Key West Photo of Palm Trees and Kayaks
Photo of the Key West Museum of Art & History
Docks at the end of Key West
Cottage Style Homes in Key West
Southern Most Point Marker in Key West
Walking to a beach in Key West
Conch Republic Flag
Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys
A Beach Sign in Key West Pointing the Way
Docked for a Day in Key West
Photo from Southernmost Point in Key West
Sailboat in a Key West Sunset
Boating in the Beautiful Waters of the Florida Keys
Hemingway House in Key West
Arial Shot of Key West
The Old Overseas Highway in the Florida Keys
Visiting a Beach in Key West