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Key West, Florida

Ernest Hemingway made wild, colourful Key West his home, and you will want to do the same. Home to modern-day adventurers, artists and poets, the island's charming Old Town teems with restaurants, bars and unique shops. Add pristine coral reefs, coconut palms and a relaxed attitude that's truly contagious, and it's easy to see why so many visitors to Key West never leave.

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Key West, Florida

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The One Thing You Don't Want to Miss

Enjoy the pleasures of a glass-bottom boat on a unique and informative eco-tour of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. It's home to over 300 species of fish, which complete the colourful and intriguing seascape. The boats are specially designed to provide maximum viewing with minimum stress to the delicate reef environment.

Other Fun Things to Do

Visit the Museum of Art and History at the Custom House, a 'must-see' when in Key West.
Take a traditional bus tour through historic Key West.
Discover the real Key West as you make your way through the lazy back streets on a bike-tour adventure.
Board the schooner Liberty for a relaxing sail around Key West Harbour.
Take a stroll through Key West's famed historic homes and gardens. Admire Casa Antigua, the former residence of Ernest Hemingway. Built in 1931, it was once a hotel, then was later rebuilt as a private home. It contains the largest courtyard in Key West.
Marvel at the priceless treasures on a visit to the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum.
Absorb the local charm on a stroll down Duval Street, lined with quaint shops, cafés and restaurants.

Sporting Adventures

Kayak through the nearby canals and observe many species of bird and fish, maybe even a manatee.
Snorkel the clear tropical waters, swimming with colourful and exotic marine life at the only living coral reef in the continental United States.
Learn the intricacies of racing a catamaran as you compete in an actual yacht race ? the Key West Regatta. This fun ride is a real adrenaline rush as you try to outrun your opponents.

Shopping for Bargains

Shopping in Key West is like no other shopping experience in the world. Key West prides itself on an eclectic array of shops, including famous diamond shops, a cat and dog boutique, artists' markets, butterfly art, key-lime treats, luxurious aloe skin-care products, souvenirs that change colour in the sun and pearls from around the world. While in Key West, shop for renowned jewellery from sunken treasures, unique clothing and a wide variety of souvenirs.

Local Currency

The official currency of the United States is the US dollar (USD).

Weather in Key West, Florida


Temperature Fahrenheit Celsius
Average High 74.8° 23.78°
Average Low 65° 18.33°
Mean Temperature 70° 21.11°
Record High 86° 30°
Record Low 41°
Precipitation Inches Centimetres
Average Precip. 2 in 5.08 cm

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