Visitors are drawn to the southern charm and Caribbean flavor of this laid-back island nation called the Conch Republic
Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, Key West is Florida’s cocky southernmost subtropical paradise, a unique gathering of history, climate, natural beauty, cultural diversity, architecture and brash romantic appeal.
Palm-lined streets with gingerbread mansions and tin-roofed conch houses were home to notables such as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Jimmy Buffett, to name a few.
They discovered consolation and inspiration in the island city whose Bahamian and Cuban heritage in large part was inspired by Bahamian wreckers, commercial fishermen, spongers and Cuban cigar makers.
Hey, where did all the Roosters come from!
Key West has a lot of off-beat charms, but one of my favorites has always been the chickens, dubbed gypsy chickens by locals.
The feral fowl that frequent the streets and alleys of Key West seem like the perfect metaphor for Key West -– historic, colorful, sort of wild, a little noisy and occasionally annoying.
You don’t have to work hard to spot Key West chickens — you hear them crowing and see them strutting everywhere.
The colorful roosters and the mother hens followed by lines of tiny chicks weave in and out of traffic and through outdoor cafes all over town.
Key West residents call them gypsy chickens.
Getting Here by Land or Sea
Getting to Key West is Half the Fun! There's nothing better than slicing through the Gulf waters on a fast ferry heading to the beautiful island of Key West.
Connect to U.S. 1 South in Florida City and discover why it's called the Overseas Highway.
Traveling along this beautiful scenic highway that separates the Gulf of Mexico from the Atlantic Ocean is akin to a 90 mile sail.
Count down the mile markers to Key West, where your adventure begins.
We are three hours from Miami, four hours from Fort Lauderdale, and a world away from average.
Click here for car rentals/shuttle services companies.
And Everything Else
Once you arrive, leave the car keys behind.
Key West is a two-by-four mile island is ideal for bikes, scooters and your own two feet.
Rental shop owners supply bicycles equipped with necessary lights and locks, and scooter agents make sure that all the drivers are comfortable before sending them off.
Pedi Rickshaw Cabs
Fun or Not try a Rickshaw. We had a informative driver with interesting stories to share. I highly recommend him. The ride cost us $1.50 per minute for 20 minutes for a total of $30 and we happily gave him a $10 tip
Wanted to see this famous Duval street and decided to take a pedi cab tour. We were lucky to have such a cheerful funny guy as Victor! He just made our day! He showed us the sights, told a lot of interesting stories about...
“Ask rates before ride” Guess he a a bad one
Thought we would enjoy the nice weather on a bike cab. Huge rip off. Took us all of 10 minutes to ride from the resort to sunset pier & we were charged $33 without tip.
Cabs cost $12 for the same distance. Big mistake.
Key West Things to Do
The Keys are bursting with activities and things to do.
Your time in the Keys can be as action-packed and thrilling or relaxed and low-key as you desire.
You control the pace of your vacation.
Adventure-seekers can test the water, and their skills, on a fishing charter for prized game fish.
Get up close and personal with tropical fish on a snorkel trip, or dive to explore a ship wreck on the ocean floor.
Visit local art galleries and museums and shop for unique gifts.
Feast on fresh seafood at fine restaurants and hang with the locals, or just hang on a hammock suspended between two palms.
Simply unwind and let go with the outgoing tide. You will be, after all, on island time.
The Floirda Keys Things To do list of 20 clickable sites such as:Thinks to do
Me personally, a fine Cigar, 12 yr old Scotch whiskey, a hopping saloon down the harbor listening to The Conch Republic singer and song writer Michael McCloud belt out tunes.
Of course that's me , you may want to do the Visitor thing :
Traditional Key West bar crawl-Head on down Duval Street Sloppy Joes, Green Parrot Bar, Flying Monkey, Little Room Jazzzzz Cub,Capt. Tony's, The Bull and whistle Bar, Kelly's Caribbean Bar, Hogs, Breath Saloon
Cigar Bars such as The Porch, Berlin's Cigar & Cocktail Bar, Cork & Stogie , Greene Street Cigar Company
Mallory Square Sunset Celebration Beginning two hours before sunset
Go see Ernest Hemiway's house tour and his descendant cat's. Actually I enjoyed it very much. Great stories, no pun intended.
Where to Stay
I'm a big fan of Bed & Breakfast Joints. You feels like your at home. Easy to meet new people. Great for lovers too!
No hotels/Resorts/Motels for me.
Watch out, there are many of course, they all offer a bed & Breakfast. but Amenities and location or a place to park the car are important to many people.
Avalon Bed & Breakfast-No Reservation Costs. Great Rates.24/7 Customer Service · a short walk to Ernest Hemingway’s House and the beach. This inn features an outdoor pool, continental breakfast and free WiFi.
Alexander's Guesthouse-Fair & affordable prices. Free Wi-Fi. A short walk from the main train stationIdeal location. The Alexander Guesthouse Zurich is a family-owned and managed business
The Mermaid & Alligator-located in Old Town Key West, Florida offers a romantic, elegant stay in our tropical victorian inn.Mermaid lovers ... "your home in Keys"
Ambrosia Key-offering pet friendly accommodations and 2 on-site pools in the heart of Old Town West Tropical Lodging
Old Town Manor-Looking for the best bed and breakfast in Key West? Old Town Manor is known for it's downtown location, historic gardens & complimentary organic breakfast.
Tropical Inn-Book Direct & Get Our Lowest Rates Guaranteed. Rewards Members Get More!Low Rate Guarantee · Breakfast Available · Free Wifi ·
Caribbean House-conveniently located in the heart of Bahama Village in Historic Old town Key West.We offer the best value for budget travelers in Old Town Key West.
Can you say Key West Express
I live in Southwest Florida. Why drive if you can take a 3 1/2 cruise from Fort Myers to the Keys in comfort with the wind in your hair at 45 Knots.