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Head down south and taste the tropical sea breezes off the Gulf of Mexico in the historic beach town of Key West, Florida. As the southernmost part of the continental U.S., the Keys are a true island getaway. Cruise down U.S. Route 1, also known as the Overseas Highway, or fly into Key West International Airport and you’ll discover all sorts of nature’s hidden treasures from the Key West Tropical & Botanical Gardens to expansive, tropical coral reefs alive with more than 6,000 species of plants, fish and invertebrates. You’ll also find the outdoor fun is endless in Key West.
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After a day on the water, head to Malloy Square for the nightly “Sunset Celebration,” a Key West tradition that delights the passerby with tightrope walkers, jugglers and animal acts all while the sun sets over the Gulf. Nightlife in nearby Old Town Key West awaits where you’ll join the locals at sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants serving island specialties. Don’t miss musicals, comedies, and concerts at these favorite venues: Tennessee Williams Theatre, Waterfront Playhouse, and Red Barn Theatre.
Since the Keys are just across the Gulf from Cuba, you’ll feel the Latin vibes throughout Key West from the rhythms at the many Latin dance clubs or while chowing down on a Cuban sandwich hot off the grill.
Down in the Keys it’s always “5 o’clock,” so take in those stunning aqua waters and sunsets over a fresh squeezed margarita and seafood at the original Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville® right on Duval street, a popular street lined with retailers, shops, restaurants and bars.
Buffett isn’t the only famous person who found refuge on the Keys. Literary fans will love wandering the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum or the Tennessee Williams exhibit at the Key West Business Guild Visitor Center. Both authors lived in and loved this slice of American paradise. The Keys' colorful culture and character — have inspired all sorts of music, literature and art and this subtropical paradise continues to be a hub for creatives of all kinds.
If you’re looking for a real beach escape, stay at one of our Key West hotels with an ocean view or near the popular Duval street.
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