ABOUT THE KEY WEST CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The laid back lifestyle, southern charm and Caribbean flavor are what make Key West what it is today. Figures throughout history have visited Key West, some making it their permanent home for a while, others enjoying the tropical climate while they escape the harsh winter.
Key West has a lot to offer tourists from around the globe. Our Key West hotels offer a broad range of amenities. While some visitors may enjoy a quaint bed and breakfast or guesthouse tucked away on an Old Town Key West lane, others love to be pampered and would enjoy one of the waterfront resorts and luxury hotels that dot the island. Of course Key West also has a few chain hotels to suit travelers looking to just make a quick weekend getaway.
Key West has plenty of things to do. World class fishing exists both on the shallow water flats and in the deep blue sea beyond our barrier coral reef. The shallow flats offer tarpon, bonefish, permit and barracuda plus many other species to take a cast at. The offshore waters hold plenty of opportunities for sport fishing for sailfish, wahoo, tuna, dolphin, marlin, snapper and grouper.
Plenty of other opportunities to get out on the water are also available. Dolphin watch tours, jet skis, parasailing, glass bottom boat tours, and sunset cruises are all available year round.
Key West is a great place to experience diving for the first time, or snorkel and view many species of fish and coral on the only coral reef in North America.
The sun drenched hospitality of our island will charm you. It has already made more than one million people come back and visit each year.
The city carries the creative torch of such former residents as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and past presidents.
Key West Attractions & Tours
Finally a trip to Key West would not be complete without witnessing a famous Key West sunset. Join the locals and visitors to bid the sun farewell at Mallory Square each night. Performers, vendors and artists are on hand to make it a complete Key West experience.
Key West, the southernmost location in the continental United States, offers a tropical blend of azure waters, exotic foliage, four-star restaurants, and accommodations to suit all and with a history of some notorious and notable figures.
Visitors are drawn to the southern charm and Caribbean flavor of this laid-back island nation called the Conch Republic.
Since its founding in 1822, Key West became the adopted homes to many from pirates to poets and political pundits. The city carries the creative torch of such former residents as Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams and past presidents. Must stops for tourists include viewing the treasures from shipwrecks, discovering the haunts of their literary heroes, and marveling at the Victorian architecture and lush, colorful gardens where heads of state frequented.
Key West also offers sun-drenched hospitality and entertainment from delicious island cuisine to delightful shopping and spectacular events including nightly sunset celebrations and sea adventures.
You’ll discover why President Harry Truman, relaxing in his Winter White House, once wrote: “I’ve a notion to move the capital to Key West and just stay.”