A confluence of history, diversity and architecture, Key West is an island city of Florida. With a Bahamian and Cuban heritage, it was strongly influenced by the Africans migrating from the Bahamas around the early 1800s.
Thanks to its fascinating contrasts, Key West inspired famous people like Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Jimmy Buffett. The city offers different art galleries and museums: Hemingway’s house, home to one of America’s most honored authors, he lived and wrote here for more than ten years; Audubon House & Tropical Gardens and the Key West Art & History Museum where the local culture is preserved through exhibiting and displaying of art, architecture and history. All these attractions can be easily visited with public transportation, taxis, tour trains, bicycles or by foot.
Key West restaurants propose freshly local seafood, gourmet food or ethnic flavors and at the local open-air bars and pubs visitors can enjoy live music while drinking.
This subtropical paradise known for the Sunset Celebration with a glowing pink and red sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico horizon, is surrounded by natural beauty, crystal clear water and coral reef, located several miles off shore. The island’s Historic Seaport district is the perfect starting point to arrange a day on the water for a diving, snorkeling or sailing expedition.
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