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Key West

Key West is a popular US hot spot for people of all ages and is a frequent port of call for ships embarking on Caribbean cruises. The island is about 2 miles wide by 4 miles long and takes the form of a coral inlet that stretches southward all the way to Miami, Florida.  

Many famous people have lived in Key West and most have left their mark here, in the form of museums, restaurants and hotels.  

Key West is a mix of entertainment venues and is home to a wide variety of artist types who sell their wares around the Mallory Square area, where all the cruise ships dock. Mallory Square is a place where both residents and visitors alike gather to watch the sun set. Here you’ll also find a wide array of entertainment, including street jugglers, musicians, food vendors and clowns.

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Why visit Key West ?

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Popular US hot spot

Key West has a unique charm for a US city and it is definitely worth a visit, whether arriving by land or sea

The best way to begin a tour of Key West is to take the Conch Train/Trolley Tour, which is a fun experience that enables visitor see as many as sixty points of interest during the trip. These include Ernest Hemingway’s house, the Audubon house, Key West Cemetery, the Naval Base and the southernmost lighthouse.  

A stop at the Key West Aquarium should be next on your agenda. This outdoor aquarium is home to a variety of rare marine animals, including many of those native to this particular area. These include grouper, moray eel, barracuda, various species of tropical fish, parrotfish, tarpon and even sharks.  

You can also take a haunted house tour, which operate just about daily. Key West is known for its unusual number of haunted houses and these tours have become quite popular with both residents and tourists.  

Other things to do include snorkelling and scuba diving, where you can enjoy the beauty of the calm and clear waters, while observing a variety of coral formations and colourful fish.  

There is swimming with the dolphins at Dolphin World or take in a round of golf at the Reese Jones-designed, 18-hole course at Mangrove Hole. You can also rent a bicycle and tour the entire town. In fact, it’s probably one of the best ways to see the city of Key West. Water sports abound here too and you are sure to find a beach within a few blocks of just about anywhere in town. You can charter sailing and motor yachts, catamarans and even schooners. Please be aware that you swim at your own risk, since there are no lifeguards on duty. Also note that topless or nude sunbathing is strictly prohibited.  

Key West is probably best known for its bars and restaurants and one of the most popular activities in town is the pub-crawl. Groups of people will get together with the goal of having a drink in as many of the town’s famous bars as they can manage before getting falling down drunk. Cruise passengers, in town for the day, have become so intoxicated that they have missed their ship’s sailing time and had to meet up with it at its next port of call. Amongst the best watering holes in Key West are Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and the Hog’s Breath Saloon, though there are many, many others.  

There also seems to be a limitless choice of restaurants, ranging from informal outdoor cafes, where you can enjoy a hamburger or a plate of fries, to full service restaurants in which to enjoy an evening meal while listening to dance music. The ambience is predominantly casual, as would befit a beach town such as this.  

Key West has a unique charm for a US city and it is definitely worth a visit, whether arriving by land or sea.

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