Key West is one of the islands of Florida Keys archipelago. Key west is also Florida’s southernmost point and known for it’s coral reefs, adventure sports like diving and snorkeling than for its beaches. It was one of the top attractions on my Florida bucket list. This was also my first time visit to US, staying in Miami was surely a dream come true. Those three-month vacation I got from my job to stay with Praveen, is something I will always be thankful for. If you have been wondering where I was, I was in India and I was not willing my marriage to jeopardize my career.
Praveen was living here since 3.5 years and has been so many times to Key West. I was all excited to see these tropical islands. We started off on US 1 highway driving 127 miles to our destination.
For us both, in those 3 months, we never ever wasted a weekend at home, Praveen always made sure I visited almost all places as much as I could in those 3 month limit. Only thing we regret not visiting is St. Augustine. We just ran out of time to visit this beautiful city.
1. Duval Street
With vibrant shops, endless bars, this is a must visit place in Key West. Go on an endless shopping spree and relax in one of the bars.
2. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
Explore this fort constructed during the times of Civil War. It was built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation’s southeastern coastline. It boosts of stone walls and cannons. There is a beach with picnic tables and grills perfect for a family outing.
Quick Notes –
- Entrance Fees: 7$ I think so (I visited in 2015)
- Hike type: Not much to hike. The paths are well maintained, easy and flat. More of a stroll I would say.
- Pets: Allowed in designated areas but on leash.
- Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
- Parking: Free parking
3. Mile Marker 0 Sign – End of US 1
The mile marker zero sign can be found at the corner of Fleming Street and Whitehead Street. It is also one of the most frequently photographed landmarks in Key West. US 1 is and interstate highway connecting most of the major cities of eastern US.
4. Southernmost Point Buoy
The southern most tip of continental USA is just 90 miles (rounded number) to Cuba. There is a concrete buoy constructed here to mark the same. This is one of the iconic spots and a photo at this point is a must. It is also one of the main attractions in Key West.
5. Key West Beaches
The beaches aren’t so impressive as you would find in Miami. They are just fine, but definitely not great. I would suggest don’t spend too much time in the beaches here. You will find a lot of seaweed which I dislike. we had our lunch here in this beach on one of the picnic tables.
6. Adventure Sports in Key West
There are many adventure sports done in Key West like snorkelling, parasailing, water sports etc. We just tried parasailing. It was a fun experience and I would totally recommend it. I don’t actually remember with which company we went. I do remember we got it half the price of the tickets they were selling at the counter. We had booked online through Groupon app.
We got to see so many star fishes, a few dolphins and so many different types of fishes.
7. Mallory Square
Mallory Square is the best place to chase sunsets in Key West. However, it was a gloomy day and hence we had to wait for a while for some great shots. There would be many street plays to entertain you, you would not get bored at Mallory Square. They have some nice restaurants and shops. It’s really a very cool place to spend some nice peaceful time. Dont miss trying out the famous dessert – Key Lime Pie.
Soon after sunset, we started our journey back to home. I enjoyed Key West so much.
Other Attractions to see if you are spending more than a day:
1. Key West Aquarium
This is located close to Mallory Square. We usually skip museums and aquariums.
2. Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
The Ernest Hemingway Home is the residence of author Ernest Hemingway in Key West, Florida. We usually skip museums and so we skipped this one too.
3. Key West Lighthouse
There is a 65 foot lighthouse. We had visited a lighthouse in Key Biscayne National Park. This is also located in one of the Florida Keys known as Biscayne Bay.
4. Key West Cemetery
The Key west Cemetery is located at the foot of Solares Hill in Key West. It is estimated that some 100,000 people are buried in this cemetery.
5. Dry Tortugas National Park
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Have a nice day!