From one of America’s most legendary writers to the U.S. Navy, Key West has been home to many American notables, and it is not a bad vacation destination either! In fact, it was a favorite of President Harry Truman.
Located 90 miles north of Cuba, this 7.4 square mile island city is the southernmost point of the United States with a long and diverse history. Known to many as the Conch Republic, local recipes may include conch fritters, conch chowder, conch salad, and curried conch. There are also many great seafood locations around the island as well as notable tourist locales like Hard Rock Cafe and Margaritaville.
Although many think heading towards the equator increases temperatures dramatically, the island doesn’t hold heat like many landlocked, heavily populated areas, making it comfortable year-round with a record low of 41 degrees and a record high of 97 degrees and an average in the 70s.
From beach chairs to historical landmarks, Key West will offer a well-rounded destination for your family. Be sure to stop by Ernest Hemingway’s home, the oldest church in Florida, Fort Zachary Taylor, the La Concha Hotel where Tennessee Williams is said to have written A Streetcar Named Desire, and, of course, the southernmost point.
It is easy to tour the island with a number of companies offering a hop on, hop off trolley service that will stop at most of the well-known attractions for a minimal cost good for the entire day.
Whether you are going for a full vacation or just a port stop on your next cruise, your Fairy Tale Concierge agent can give you all the tips and tricks to make it a great visit to the sunshine state!
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