Florida City - Key West

130 miles
1 day
1 event
4 sections

Key West is 129 miles (207 km) southwest (229.9 degrees) of Miami, Florida, (about 160 driving miles) and 106 miles (170 km) north-northeast (21.2 degrees) of Havana, Cuba.

Key West is a city in Monroe County, Florida, United States. The city encompasses the island of Key West, the part of Stock Island north of U.S. 1 (the Overseas Highway) (east), Sigsbee Park (north, originally known as Dredgers Key), Fleming Key (north), and Sunset Key (west, originally known as Tank Island). Both Fleming Key and Sigsbee Park are part of Naval Air Station Key West and are inaccessible by civilians. Key West is the county seat of Monroe County.[3] Key West is known as the southernmost city in the Continental United States. It is also the southern terminus of U.S. 1, State Road A1A, the East Coast Greenway and before 1935, the Florida East Coast Railway.

Driving time: Between 3 and 5 hours
Driving skills: Basic Basic
Scenery: Beaches, Ocean/Sea/Gulf, Urban/Residential, Parks
Road conditions: Excellent Excellent

Published on December 28, 2009 01:00 by Mbike.com

Travel tips & advices

Many visitors rent a bicycle and explore the history and architecture of Old Town Key West. Walking tours, including a tour of the unusual Key West Cemetery, are available. The Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is a daily spectacle for visitors and residents. Boat excursions and tours provide a great way to view Key West from the water.

Day 1  130.3 miles

Beaches Ocean/Sea/Gulf Urban/Residential Parks

Road conditions: ExcellentTraffic: AverageTerrain: FlatDriving skills: Basic

Many visitors rent a bicycle and explore the history and architecture of Old Town Key West. Walking tours, including a tour of the unusual Key West Cemetery, are available. The Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is a daily spectacle for visitors and residents. Boat excursions and tours provide a great way to view Key West from the water.

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The Duval Street bar and restaurant district includes many different entertainment options, all within walking distance of each other.

* Sloppy Joe's
* Captain Tony's Saloon
* Rick's
* Durty Harry's
* Hog's Breath
* Irish Kevins
* Cowboy Bill's Honky Tonk Saloon
* Lazy Gecko
* Flying Monkeys
* Fogarty's
* The Bull
* The Whistle
* Garden of Eden - Clothing optional rooftop bar
* Fat Tuesday's
* Hard Rock Cafe
* Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
* Willie T's
* Guy Harvey's Island Grill

CRW_0193Ever since Ernest Hemingway put Key West on the charts, sport or recreational fishing has been one of the more popular tourism activities. Key West waters offer many types of fishing to visitors. Party boats take large numbers of anglers out at reasonable rates. The water is chummed to attract fish and there are mates on board to help inexperienced anglers. Private charters and guides are available for deep sea, backcountry and flats charters. The main targeted species include: dolphin (fish, also called mahi mahi), marlin, sailfish, grouper, snapper, amberjack, wahoo, tuna, shark, mackerel, tarpon, bonefish, and cobia. Pier fishing is also an option, but requires a Florida fishing license for non residents. Light tackle fishing, a style developed in Key West, pits anglers with weaker lines against bigger fish for a bigger fight.

* Gulfstream III Party Boat
* Mr. Z's Key West Fish Tales
* Keys Kayak Fishing
* Lethal Weapon Charters
* Tailchaser Charters
* Fish Check Charters
* Fish Triple Time
* Key West Fishing Tournament
* Andy Griffiths Charters
* Light Tackle Guide Captain Mike Weinhofer

Smathers Beach, the largest beach in the city
Key West Lighthouse, built in 1847.
One of the many private beaches on the island, the Casa Marina, Flagler's grand hotel resort.
Sunset at Fort Zachary Taylor

Mary O'Shea's Glass Garden, features fresh caught Key West Art, everything from dishes to fishes in her fused glass studio/gallery. Located in the famous Donkey Milk House in Old Town Key West.

The Studios of Key West, founded in 2006 and based at the island's historic Armory building, was established as a new model for an artist community. It comprises a dozen working studio spaces, a main exhibition hall, a sculpture garden, and several adjoining residences and cottages. Its programming continues to grow and includes an extensive series of creative workshops, free humanities lectures, cultural partnerships, and innovative ideas for artists and audiences.

The Florida Keys Council of the Arts serves as the primary cultural umbrella for Monroe County, from Key Largo to Key West. A non-profit local arts agency, it makes grants, operates the Monroe County Art in Public Places program, sponsors seminars, and manages the on-line cultural calendar for the region. It also manages the County's Tourism Development Council arts marketing grants and serves as a leading advocate for cultural tourism in lower Florida.

CRW_0014The Tennessee Williams Theatre is a performing arts center, a civic center, and a community center. It is based at the Florida Keys Community College.

The Key West Literary Seminar, a celebration of writers and writing held each January, attracts an international audience to hear such writers as Ian McEwan, Margaret Atwood, Billy Collins, and Joyce Carol Oates.

The Key West Botanical Forest and Garden is an excellent, frost-free arboretum and botanical garden containing a number of "champion tree" specimens.

Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden is a one-acre (4,000 m²) garden resembling a lush, predominantly green rainforest. It is an exhibit of nature's artistry in a woodland garden.

The Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory features a 5,000-square-foot (460 m²) glass-domed tropical butterfly habitat.

The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum showcases gold, silver, and treasure recovered from shipwrecks around the world.

Some tourists mingle with the locals, shop, and dine at the Key West Historic Seaport at the Key West Bight.

The Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum preserves the history of the Key West Lighthouse, built in 1847.

Nobel Prize–winning author Ernest Hemingway's former home is now open to the public as a museum, populated by as many as 60 descendants of his famous polydactyl cats.

PrideFest is seven days of events, presented by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Key West during the first week in June. The schedule includes the Pride Follies talent extravaganza; contests to select a Mr., Ms. and Miss PrideFest; parties; a tea dance; and the PrideFest Parade down Duval Street.

In 1979 the Key West Tourist Development Association, Inc., started Fantasy Fest to attract tourists at the traditionally slow time of Halloween, which is at the end of the hurricane season. Fantasy Fest regularly attracts approximately 80,000 people to the island and has become a huge success.

In June 2006 the Key West Gay & Lesbian Museum & Archive opened at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center at 513 Truman Avenue. Featured exhibits include a Tennessee Williams typewriter as well as an extensive collection of memorabilia and papers of Richard A. Heyman, who was one of the nation's first openly gay mayors before dying in 1994 of AIDS.

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