Key West is the last island of the Florida Keys located within the state of Florida. It is one of the top destinations in Florida. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches, coral reefs, picturesque buildings, shops, cafes, and the atmosphere that radiates through the city. It is the perfect getaway retreat made specifically for relaxing. Although Key West is a quite remote and expensive destination, I definitely recommend coming here at least once in your life.
Ways to get to Key West
When I visited Key West, we drove here from Miami on the Overseas Highway (113 miles long). The most interesting thing about this highway is that you drive through long bridges which link the islands of the Florida Keys and are built above the ocean. In some parts, you might feel like you’re driving nowhere because you can’t see any island or anything around you. Just bare sea. The drive takes around 3 and half hours. Even though you can also get to Key West by plane or ferry, I definitely recommend driving here. It will be an unforgettable experience.
Why Key West?
Key West is known to have one of the most beautiful sandy beaches in the world. The weather is warm all year round, so the sea is very warm as well. For people who hate swimming in cold water, including me, this was the ideal temperature. You can spend your entire day on the beach, enjoy the view of the beautiful turquoise sea with the bluest skies, wonderful nature, and soak in the sun. During dusk, Key West offers the most stunning sunsets.
2. Able to walk everywhere
Another great thing about Key West is that it’s an extremely walkable city. Everything is close to each other so everything is within your reach. If you feel tired, you can always rent a bike and ride it to your destinations.
What I really liked about Key West after the beaches was Downtown. The place where the city comes to life. The main street is always full of people, whether locals or tourists, and that’s what creates such a lovely atmosphere. It is also full of restaurants and cafes, which offer fantastic food and drinks. It is also an ideal place for shopping. The streets are full of small shops or clothing boutiques.
4. The history
The small island played a huge role during the Civil War so it is full of significant historical sites such as Ernest Hemingway House, Key West Lighthouse, and Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
5. Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A.
You also have to visit the Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A. It is an anchored concrete buoy that marks the southernmost point in the USA. It is located exactly 90 miles from Cuba. It is one of the most visited attractions in Key West.
6. Dry Tortugas National Park
The park is located 70 miles west of the island. You can access it by boat or a small seaplane. Not only will you get an insight into its history, but you can also enjoy a nice swim or snorkeling in the beautiful turquoise sea as well as the surrounding nature. You have to count on the fact that visiting this park will take up an entire day.
I had the best time here. It was a truly magical experience and I absolutely recommend visiting it.