Key West Chamber of Commerce
Places to Stay
Key West's one-of-a-kind accommodations suit any travel style, from resorts
with beach access to cozy bed and breakfasts to campgrounds with waterfront
People get a yearning in their voice when they talk about Key West.
Maybe because here the difference between casual and dressy attire is a
choice between red and black flip-flops. Or because the lobster brought
in at the harbor will be served with warm butter that evening. But
chances are it's the legend...
Drive 120 miles from the mainland along bridges and causeways, and
you've arrived at a four-by-two-mile isle that brims with relics of a
diverse past. Colorful characters from a handful of cultures have
contributed to a history involving names like Ernest Hemingway and John
Audubon. A bustling harbor, 2,000 preserved historic buildings and
ancient shipwrecks all play a role in our tall tales.
Take a stroll down our intimate streets and you'll smell strong Cuban
coffee mixed with the scent of Bahamian conch fritters. Laughter and
lively languages mingle as they float down from porches on the breeze.
Down the way, you hear dock lines groan and dive tanks clink as another
happy bunch sets off for the seas.
There, between brightly-colored homes in styles called Conch and
Gingerbread, you'll hear the echoes of those who came before - pirates,
writers, wreckers and rumrunners.
And it will hit you: This is the
legend made real. This is Key West.