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About Key West Florida

Key West Florida

Although Key West has gotten a bit overrun by tourist and tourist traps, there is still a rich history and charm to the area. The somewhat cynical locals are called "Conch's" (pronounced "Conk") and the island is called the Capital of the Conch Republic - with a unique history involving an attempt in February of 1982 to secede from the U.S. and a declaration of war.

Key West Attractions:

  • Mallory Square- The site of the famous nightly sunset celebrations in the cobblestone square with street entertainers.

  • Key West Aquarium - touch tanks, and "Pet A Shark" program

  • Hemingway House -where Hemmingway lived from 1931 to 1940

  • Key West Cemetery - funny epitaphs and odd characters

  • Curry Mansion - a 100 year old Victorian Mansion. Overnight lodging available.

  • Wrecker's Museums - A unique trade in the Keys was the salvaging of goods from shipwrecks. There are two museums dedicated to this pastime.

    Key West Florida

    Organized tours departing every 30 minutes are available through Old Town Trolley Tours (305) 296-6688 or The Conch Train Tour (305) 294-5161.

    The Mosquito Coast Island Outfitters and Kayak Guides (305) 294-7178 offers 4 to 5 hour natural history tours to nearby Keys. Lloyd's Key West Nature Bike Tour (305) 294-1882 also runs several tours.

    Key West has many choices available for lodging, including motels, hotels, B&Bs, hostel, campground and gay/lesbian guesthouses. The chamber of commerce has a booking desk.

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