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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.

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Key West Florida Restaurants

Restaurants

Being a coastal community, there is never a shortage of succulent seafood on the table at homes and restaurants in Key West. Plus, you can enjoy breathtaking views and a casual atmosphere to wash it all down. Don’t worry, the choices are as bountiful as the sea breezes here, so you can find alternatives like Italian cuisine, burgers and sweet treats sprinkled throughout the island. Just as the culture is diverse, so, too, is the palate.
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Key West Florida Golf

Golf

Think you’ve seen scenic golf courses before? Bring your clubs over to the Key West Golf Club and prepare to have your mind blown – and you’re game elevated to a new level. The only Caribbean style golf course in the U.S., this lushly landscaped course was designed by legend Rees Jones and is suited for golfers of all skill levels. Featuring Key-specific landscaping, players will find it both breathtaking and challenging to play completely over a field of mangroves on the par-3 8th hole.
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Key West Florida Fishing

Fishing

Anglers and amateurs alike will be just as astonished by the fishing as they are with the natural beauty of the waters here in Key West. Billfish will bite around the reefs, while you’ll find tuna, permit and tarpon on the flats. Take a charter and the guides will help you find and catch snappers and groupers around shipwrecks and the throughout the channels. Either way, gear up and reel in.
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Key West Florida Shopping

Shopping

From hammocks to jewelry and world-famous conches, Key West’s local shops and boutiques offer an eclectic array of hand-made and natural items that reflect the unique setting and atmosphere of this tropical location. There’s even a local winery offering tasting events…and what Key West vacation could be complete without an order of Key Lime pie from Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie Shoppe?
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Things to do in Key West Florida

Other Things To Do

Sure, there are beach days and water activities when in Key West. But, this area has so much more to offer, from the culture of the Ernest Hemingway House & Museum to the panoramic views of a seaplane tour, or the birdwatching at Dry Tortuga’s National Park to the history of the multiple military forts located here. Explore the links below for more information on how to maximize your adventure and recreation while in Key West.
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