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About Key West

The John Audubon HouseDiscover a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain. Stroll the palm-lined streets and admire gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway's home. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams. Gaze at the fabled treasure of the galleon Atocha. Discover tomorrow's fine art treasures by Key West's well-known and unknown artists.

Only in Key West would the sun shine brightest when it sets. Everyone gathers for the never planned, always varied Sunset A Beautiful Key West SunsetCelebration in Mallory Square. Once the sun is safely tucked away by jugglers, mimes, musicians and street artists, the city moves to a different beat. A night beat. The streets come alive, filled with sidewalk cafes, open-air bars, legendary pubs and world-class restaurants. Gourmets and gourmands alike treat their palates to island specialties. Drama, musicals and comedy flourish on the city's many stages. As you enjoy these sights, you'll discover that modern Key West is a warm-hearted place where all are welcome.

The World Famous Sloppy Joe's BarOld town Key West is one of America's true architectural and botanical treasures. On even the tiniest lanes, the locals have faithfully restored old wooden homes and adorned them with lush tropical trees and flowers. New restaurants and stores are popping up in historic Bahama Village, which was settled in the 19th Century by Bahamian immigrants. Hemingway loved coming here to mix with the hard-working locals at boxing matches and arm-wrestling contests at the famous Sloppy Joe's Bar on Duval Street. He wrote several of his most well-known books while living in Key West with his wife.

The island's seafaring tradition lives on at the renovated Historic Seaport district, known locally as the Key West Bight. Dozens of shrimp boats once Key West is the Southernmost City in the UScalled this harbor home. These days, the Bight is a popular placeThe Key West Lighthouse to spend a day on the water, whether you are a diver, snorkeler, fisherman or naturalist. Or just to stroll along the harbor walk or dine at one of the many fine restaurants.

In this city of fascinating contrasts, you will soon find yourself wanting to let go of mainland hassles for good and enjoy the stress-free pleasure of life in the Conch Republic. The southernmost point in the United States and just 90 miles from Cuba, Key West is like no place else!



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