Key West Vacation Information
Key West is the stuff of post cards. This picturesque tropical paradise is as colorful as an artist’s canvas – it has shimmering white and tan sands, beautiful blue waters, lively green palm trees and golden sunshine. What could be better?
Closer to Cuba than it is to Miami, Key West is the southernmost city in the continental United States. It is purely tropical in climate, with the lowest temperature ever recorded being 41 degrees. It has never seen a freeze or even a frost. So no matter what time of year you visit, the weather is sure to be nice because predominant trade winds typically keep the summer temperatures under control as well. Speaking of trade winds and currents: Key West and many of the chain islands are on the dividing line between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, thus there are always ocean breezes blowing and a wide range of water currents and colors in the area.
While relaxing on the beach and building sand castles is certainly appealing, most vacation activities here revolve around – and in – the waters. Snorkeling and diving will reveal impressive visibility and a colorful array of fish, shells and marine life. Anglers will enjoy the thrill of reeling in a big catch with sportfishing from a charter boat out on the open water.
With its unique geographical location, sunsets in Key West are truly breathtaking and seem like they are nearly within reach. Just as breathtaking are the views of the land from water. While here, be sure to take a boat and take in the views of the awe-inspiring architecture of the exquisite seaside homes that line the coast.
Just as prevalent as the sunshine and natural beauty is an eclectic culture and artistic flair to this island chain. From the symphony to historic cemeteries, and from the lighthouse to public tropical and botanical gardens – Key West always reveals something beautiful or interesting to see. Order up some romance with a soothing sunset cruise; or walk through the Old Town Historic District and hit up the shops and boutiques for unique, hand-made gifts you can’t get anywhere else. Just watch out for the free-roaming chickens!
Oh, and the streets also seem to be lined with artists, festivals and celebrations nearly every night, so be sure to leave work behind and prepare to rediscover your fun side while staying at a vacation rental in Key West. This is, after all, where people such as Ernest Hemingway, Jimmy Buffet and Robert Frost – to name a few – were inspired to create masterpieces.
So come find your own inspiration, because when you’re in Key West you don’t have to settle for a picture of someone on a beach chair flanked by palm trees with toes stuck in the sand and pointed at the aquamarine waters. That will be your reality…you’re very own personalized post card experience.