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Key West

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Key West, the southernmost point in the United States, is famous for watersports, lively nightlife, beaches, historic sites, and its pastel, conch-style architecture.

Via connections or direct flights from a host of Florida cities, visitors can fly to Key West International Airport (EYW). A variety of ground transportation options are provided by the airport, including local shuttle buses and rental cars.

The architecture is mostly Caribbean, with many buildings made of coral-rock or rescued ship-boards. Others came from the Bahamas directly, dismantled and delivered, then assembled again. The cuisine is Spanish and Afro-Caribbean, and the town has a certain tropical, laid-back atmosphere.

Key West is known for its sunsets, and watching the sunset from Mallory Square is one of the top things to do on any visit.

Sloppy Joe's Bar, a favorite of Key West, is offered on Duval Lane, one of the most energetic strips of stores, bars and cafes anywhere. And there's the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum for the more sober-minded ones.

One of the best things about Key West is that you can walk all over the city. The best way to see the intriguing houses, courtyards and gardens of the island is by walking tours. Start at the Key West City Cemetery in the center of town, which provides a glimpse of the history of Key West and its offbeat sense of humor, as seen by gravestones that contain funny quotes.

There are, of course, beaches, most of them on the island's south shore. You'll want to sample everything from the very busy Smathers Beach, with its volleyball games and water sports concessions, to the much quieter beach at Fort Zachary Taylor. 

There are also many parks on the island, what you want to do will depend on your preference. You are sure to find something to suit your chosen activity from the 19th century Fort Zachary Taylor Park and the gardens at West Martello Towers, the ball fields and tennis courts at Bayview Park, and all the others in between.

A cruise from Key West Harbor to the reef will show you the charm of the island from a distinct perspective and expose you to the wonders concealed under the waves. For the more daring types, Key West's waters also have excellent diving and snorkeling opportunities. Those looking for less adventure might want to hitch a ride on one of the glass-bottom boats that will show you the reef without wetting your feet. There are kayaking and eco-tours for the wildlife enthusiast, with others offering dolphin experiences.

Key West is a fishing mecca and there are several private boats as well as party boats that can give you a great deep-sea fishing experience. Flats fishing is also extremely popular and backcountry guides abound.

For the visitor that enjoys the cultural experience, there are movie theaters and live-performance theaters. Key West has always attracted artists and its many art galleries display local talent as well as national and international artists.

And for the golf enthusiast, Key West has a public, 18-hole, 200-acre golf course that winds its way through beautiful tropical scenery. Facilities include a driving range, clubhouse and restaurant, and a pro shop.

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3841 N Roosevelt Blvd, Florida, Miami, 33040

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