Key West vacation planning starts here
Key West, also commonly known as the Conch Republic, is the last Florida Key linked by the Overseas Highway. This small island paradise has been host to spongers and wreckers, drug runners, fisherman, and even the United States Navy. Over the years, Key West has evolved into a wealthy little tourist town. The island spans only two by four miles and has a population of approximately 27,000 full time residents.
Key West is home to many tropical island resorts, hotels and bed and breakfasts to accommodate tourists who are seeking a warm, island getaway. Be sure to visit the Key West calendar of events for plenty to do on your Key West vacation.
Key West has many great attractions for visitors of all ages, from the Ernest Hemingway Museum to the Key West Aquarium. Key West even has a ghost tour that takes visitors on a walking tour through Old Town and highlights all the haunted homes.
The azure blue waters that surround Key West and the Lower Florida Keys have much to offer for SCUBA divers, snorkelers and fishermen. Wrecks and reefs, both artificial and natural coral, are home to hundreds of species of tropical and game fish. Whether you choose to go snorkeling on a catamaran or take a night dive on a wreck, you will be amazed at the sea life in Key West.
Key West fishing holds many angling opportunities. The waters just north of the Lower Keys are shallow and hold tarpon, bonefish, permit, shark and barracuda. Fly fishermen from all over the world come to the Florida Keys to saltwater fly fish. Wreck and reef fishing is very productive in the waters around Key West. Snapper, grouper, cobia and kingfish make for a great catch for dinner. Some Key West restaurants will even cook your catch for you.