Key West attractions and places to visit
Key West: seven square miles of free-to-be-you at the very end of the United States. From cotton-candy sunsets and sword-swallowing stunt performers at Mallory Square to six-toed cats at Hemingway’s Old Town residence. From the salty kiss of the sea to salt-rimmed margaritas. It’s hard to match Key West’s eclectic, off-beat vibe.
This is a town where free-roaming wild chickens have right-of-way. Where the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico meet. Where nights are balmy and scented with jasmine and Cuban cigars.
It may be home to the “Southernmost Point” in the US, but Key West is another world. Locals call it the Conch Republic, a nod to a 1980s “secession” attempt. So allow us to cordially invite you to the Republic, the Kingdom of Freedom, house of the sizzling sun, land of the carefree and home of the rebellious. Where tight deadlines are strictly forbidden and locally hand-crafted Kino sandals are the official footwear.
This mile-long stretch of all-day happy hour takes you from the Gulf of Mexico to the Atlantic Ocean. Shop for souvenirs, browse art galleries and take in the handsomely preserved Bahamian/Spanish architectural beauties.
Where every sunset is cause for celebration, complete with street performers and buskers that entertain you until the sun and horizon kiss. Until that moment, shops lure you with souvenirs, rum, Cuban cigars and café con leche.
The Southernmost Point
Replacing a series of wooden signs that kept disappearing, this jauntily painted concrete “buoy” beckons you to join the masses who have snapped selfies here. It’s Key West kitsch at its best.
The beating heart of the City of Last Resort, Old Town never bores. Lose yourself amid historic conch houses, Royal Poinciana trees, six-toed cats at the Hemingway Home or a variety of restaurants serving everything from seafood to Cuban fare.
Snorkeling, diving, deep-sea fishing and sunset sailing compete for your affection with land-based outings like cycling historic Old Town and touring Fort Zachary Taylor. Kimpton Key West can hook you up with any and all of the fun.