Located 160 km from Miami, Key West is an island city in the United States and is part of the Keys Archipelago. It is a city that gives the feeling of being at the end of the world and reminds us of the sweetness of the Caribbean. It's a good place to stroll around and admire its pretty wooden houses, enjoy the museums, restaurants and bars where the locals are not the last to have a good time. And then there are its beautiful sandy beaches overlooking the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic, where it is pleasant to rest for hours in the sun. Not forgetting that Key West also has the 3rd largest coral reef in the world, enough to enjoy beautiful underwater trips
A visit to Ernest Hemingway's House
The famous writer lived for more than 10 years in this charming house in the Spanish colonial style. It is here that he wrote some of his greatest novels and it is interesting to contemplate in detail the decoration, sometimes considered eccentric at the time. You have to go for a walk around the wine cellar and its office, where you can find its typewriter. Books and newspaper clippings adorn the walls. It is a very interesting place to see for anyone who loves literature and is interested in the life of the Nobel Prize winner. Another experience awaits visitors, that of being able to caress the polydactyl cats with six claws that populate the house and descend from the cats that once belonged to the artist.
Treat yourself to a scary ride with the Ghosts and Gravestones tour
Climbing inside this special trolley to explore the dark side of Key West is a must for those who love scary stories. Yes! I hear that Key West is one of the most haunted cities in the United States. The tour, which takes place at night, takes passengers into the Old Town and its darkest corners, past haunted houses or to an old Civil War fort to meet Robert the Doll, who inspired the famous film Chucky. A guide in period costume takes the time to tell even the most reckless of stories. It is advisable to have a good command of English
How to get to Fort Zachary Taylor State Historic Site
This one, also known as Fort Taylor, was built in 1845 to protect the southeast coast of Florida. History lovers like to stroll around it, as it highlights a part of the history of the Civil War. It is named after the American President Zachary Taylor, who died in 1850. After the visit, and as it is often hot in the region, it is pleasant to put your towel on the surrounding beaches and enjoy the translucent sea, the fine sand and the facilities that allow barbecues
See a sunset at Mallory Square
Mallory Square is the place to be to contemplate a beautiful sunset in Key West. Everybody likes to meet on this square at the end of the day, the inhabitants, the tourists and the artists who do not hesitate to play a few notes of music to accompany this wonderful luminous natural moment. The best thing to do is still to order a good drink and food, guacamole or accras, then settle down and simply open your eyes wide
Enjoy a good swim in South Beach
This beach is nothing more than the southernmost beach in the continental United States. It is located only a few minutes from downtown and offers a perfect setting to enjoy superb views, warm waters and fine sand where to put your towel for a few hours of idleness. Those who wish can also rent a deckchair under a parasol, or enjoy water activities such as kayaking. South Beach is a very lively and beautiful place where it is recommended to capture the moments with beautiful photos
Discover La Petite Maison Blanche de Truman
This house enchants history lovers. It was built in 1890 and was first and foremost a naval command district. In 1946, Harry S. Truman, President of the United States, fell in love with him. He spent time there to enjoy the tropical climate, to go fishing, but also to hold working meetings of the highest importance. They concerned in particular the Marshall Plan or the Cold War. A visit to this place steeped in history allows you to immerse yourself in the President's habits and also to stroll through the splendid botanical gardens
Take a memorable picture at Southernmost Point
This place is the southernmost point in the United States and is well worth a stop to take a few pictures. Provided you arrive early, because many tourists want to do the same. A huge cement buoy indicates the site and also the fact that we are only 90 miles from Cuba. Access to the site is totally free and it is easy to walk or cycle from the city centre. A little advice, stop at the café on the corner of Southernmost Point for breakfast and then head back to the site to bring back precious memories.
Walk the paths of Key West Cemetery
Far from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, there is a place where you can take an interest in the characters who shaped the city's history, the Key West Cemetery. It is immense since it has more than 100,000 tombs. The place is dotted with flowers and very well maintained. It is recommended to take a guide at the entrance to get general information about the people who are resting there. It also offers some unusual moments such as the inscription "I told you I was sick" on the grave of Betty Peart Roberts, a hypochondriac from the region. In different parts of the cemetery, you can enjoy beautiful views of the surroundings and it is common to see some iguanas and local birds
Take a tour of the city on the Conch Tour Train
Taking the little train to go around the city seems a little outdated to you? The Conch Tour Train is a must in Key West. The activity has been offered to visitors since 1958 and offers an overview of the 400 years of the city's history, with crisp anecdotes about the Civil War, the Indians and pirates. It is also an opportunity to pass by the most emblematic places of the city such as the museums, the old town, the beaches and the historic waterfront. In short, a playful, historical, cultural activity that appeals to young and old alike.
A cultural moment at the Fort East Martello Museum
This building, built in 1860, is considered an important witness to the history of the American Civil War. It was built to protect the Keys from a Confederate attack. We must start by taking a close look at its exterior architecture, made of bricks. Today, the site is an important art gallery where you can admire a collection of memorabilia from the Civil War, hundreds of relics, folk art and contemporary works. There are also splendid works, paintings and wooden sculptures by local artist Mario Sanchez and metal sculptures by Stanley Papio, which are a bit reminiscent of Tim Burton's world.