Key West may be a small island in size but big
in heart, sole and fun. It even has it's very own Key West International
Key West has a population of approximately 28,000 year-round residents,
and plays host to almost 1 million cruise ship visitors and countless
others who make the trek by air and by auto. Situated only 90
miles north of Cuba, Key West boasts of a year-round tropical
climate with an average annual temperature of 77 degrees that
rarely varies more than 10 degrees in either direction. The rainfall
averages only 39 inches per year.
Less than 90 miles from Cuba, less than 10 miles square in area,
Key West is one of the hottest vacation destinations in the
country. There's more packed into this small island than one
would think possible, and visitors to the Florida Keys are never
disappointed. Key West has a busy central tourist district,
but it also has plentiful quiet, palm-lined streets with beautiful
Spanish style houses. While the numerous beaches and resorts
are primary focal points, there are lots of other family activities
on this tiny island to keep one busy.
Key West's beaches lead visitors to clear blue waters that are
perfect for swimming, jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving.
Several luxury resorts offer first-class accommodations and
activities for the whole family. Visitors can stay close to
shore, or they can take advantage of the many glass-bottom boat
tours. Many also hire boats to take them scuba diving in the
world-famous reefs. The Key West Aquarium highlights the local
marine life in dozens of hands-on activities for children.
The island itself boasts some remarkable attractions for the
entire family, yet the island is small enough that visitors
can see them all. The Ernest Hemmingway House was home to the
famous author when he penned some of his best-known novels.
The Audubon House is an authentic home from the 19th century,
fully restored and remodeled; authentic antiques and paintings
by famed naturalist John James Audubon can be found inside.
The Key West Historic Tour traverses the island -- be on the
lookout for the best places to enjoy conch, the local specialty.
The residents of Key West have devised innumerable ways of serving
this sea creature, and all are worth at least a try.
While it is uncertain whether or not he ever
sampled conch, President Truman often vacationed in a small house
at the naval base located on Key West, and his reasons for visiting
are the same as for today's visitors: sunshine, relaxation, and beach.
Truman's hideaway is open for tours, adding one more item to the list
of fun things to do in Key West. This small town is perfect for families
looking for a great beach holiday in an interesting and manageable
to Key West Airport
Whether your idea of fun involves margaritas or
following in the steps of literary giants, the options
are endless in Key West. So go ahead, conch yourself
People who live in Key West call themselves "conchs,"
but people who come for extended stays call themselves
everything from novelists to rock stars.