Key West

About Key West

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Living in Key West, Florida

Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and the southernmost point of U.S. Route 1. Key West is closer to Cuba than Miami, located 160 miles southwest of Miami and 90 miles northeast of Cuba. The City of Key West includes the islands of Key West, Stock Island, Fleming Key, and Sunset Key.

Key West is a unique combination of history, cultural diversity, and architecture with a unique Bahamian and Cuban heritage derived from ship wreckers, fishermen, spongers and Cuban cig makers. It has long inspired many notable residents including Ernest Hemingway, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost, Jimmy Buffett and Tennessee Williams who is said to have written the first draft of A Streetcar Named Desire while living in Key West

Several U.S. presidents have visited Key West including Harry Truman, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Jimmy Carter. Harry Truman spent the most time in Key West visiting 11 different times for a total of 175 days while in office. The house Truman stayed at became known as the Harry S. Truman Little White House and today serves as a state historic site and museum that is open to the public.

Key West is visited by many tourists each year who travel by plane to the Key West International Airport, by car on the Overseas Highway through the Florida Keys, or by boat on one of the many cruise ships that dock in Key West on a regular basis.

Key West has served as an important military post because of its location at the northern edge of the deepwater channel connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and is home to the Key West Naval Air Station.

Key West Local Attractions

The original Key West settlement was located on the western side of the island known as “Old Town and includes tourist destinations such as Duval Street, Mallory Square, the Truman Annex and Fort Zachary.

One of Key West’s most visited and photographed attractions is the southernmost point in the contiguous United States. Located on the corner of South and Whitehead Streets, the southernmost point is marked by a concrete replica of a buoy which was erected in 1983.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is another historic landmark and tourist attraction and was the residence of author Ernest Hemingway from 1931 to 1939. Today, it is home to six- and seven-toed cats that are descendants of Hemingway’s cats.

Like other islands in the Florida Keys, Key West attracts many tourists for its beautiful weather and abundance of water activities including scuba diving, snorkeling, and fishing in the coral reefs surrounding the island.

Key West Real Estate

Homeowners are attracted to Key West for its subtropical climate, colorful cultural events, plethora of water and fishing activities, abundance of shops and restaurants, and close vicinity to Key West International Airport. Key West real estate includes luxury waterfront homes, historic Victorian homes and cottages in Old Town, cottages and conch houses in the Bahama Village, homes on private islands and residences in the sought-after community of Sunset Key.

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