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The Florida Keys is a group of islands off the southern tip of Florida. The largest among them is Key West, which also happens to serve as one of the largest tourist destinations in the Keys. Key West has a reputation for laid-back island living with an active nightlife. This reputation draws the attention of visitors looking for the ultimate in relaxation with an occasional bit of excitement thrown in.
Key West isn't just about stretching out on Higgs Beach, though. Visitors will find plenty of attractions, whether they want to explore the history of Key West through the Key West Shipwreck Museum or take a tour of the Harry S. Truman Little White House, once known as the Winter White House and used as recently as the Clinton administration.
One of the best times to visit Key West is during the off-season when the crowds thin out a bit and the prices drop. The off-season in Key West occurs during the hottest summer months, lasting from June to mid-August. The temperature tends to rise to average highs in the upper 80s, but it's the Florida humidity that visitors may find challenging. Summer thunderstorms are also frequent in the afternoons but are fortunately brief enough as to not ruin an entire day's sightseeing. Most attractions are still going strong during the off-season. June 6 to 10 is Key West Pride Week, featuring the regional symphony, film festival, bike tours and a street fair. July 17 to 22 is a celebration of Ernest Hemingway's time in town with the Key West Hemingway Days.
Enjoy multiple views of the island from the garden-covered platform of West Martello Tower.
In Mallory Square, you can watch the sunset over the ocean while enjoying a variety of street performances. It's a tradition among visitors to the island.
Have a taste of Caribbean Cuisine with a Florida touch at the Tavern N Town, a bi-level shared restaurant eatery. Tavern is on the bottom and features small plate dishes while Town on the top level serves a more traditional plate for visitors.
Michaels steakhouse is a bit out of the way in a residential neighborhood but worth the effort of finding. The restaurant specializes in great steaks and fresh seafood dishes.
An intimate romantic atmosphere that's perfect for a date in Key West accompanies the delicious food at Nine One Five. There's no specific cuisine, with the food being an eclectic mix of dishes.
Hotel 24 North Key West is a brandy new, lifestyle hotel offer pool and ocean views, a full pool-side bar serving breakfast and dinner, full fitness center and well-sized, tastefully appointment guest rooms with gorgeous views. More
The Gates is a new boutique hotel in Key West offering an intimate setting that invites guests to celebrate the island's colorful history and creative spirit. Mixing contemporary design with retro Floridian flair, The Gates Hotel features 100 guestrooms with modern... More
A member of the exclusive Southernmost hotel collection, Southernmost on the Beach, in Key West, is a small luxury inn with a big personality. While it s low-level, colonial-inspired design is a testament to the island s rich history, the hotel s 124 fully renovated guest... More
Key West Newest Luxury Boutique Hotel. Enjoy affordable elegance at the new Silver Palms Inn,located downtown Key West, in Historic Old Town offering 50 Deluxe contemporary guest rooms surrounding a courtyard,deck,and beautiful pool. Among the amenities are 40-inch LCD... More
Located in Key West's northwestern section, the Ocean Key Resort Key West features a well-equipped fitness center, a popular bar, a large banquet room, numerous pools, a sizable pier, a tennis court and a business center with several computers. Guests can visit the... More
With a facade that's inspired by Art Deco architecture, the Santa Maria Suites Resort in Key West is a tropical retreat that offers seafront lodging. Featuring full kitchens, the 35 suites in this boutique property are inspired by apartment living. Forty-eight-inch HDTVs... More
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Try a guided dive at the Vandenberg Wreck for a beginner's level trip around a newly sunk ship.
Relax with an early morning yoga session on the beach at the Southernmost hotel. The session is suitable for beginners and experienced students alike.
You can take in a show at the not-for-profit Waterfront Playhouse in Old Town, Key West.
Learn to kiteboard on a windy day with certified instructors at the Sunrise Kiteboarding school.
You'll be able to get a close-up look at the undersea residents of the island's surrounding waters at the Key West Aquarium.
The dry rocks are a multilevel reef that can be explored by diving. Snorkeling is an alternative for those without diving experience.
Head over to the Tennessee Williams Theatre to catch a performance from the professional musicians of the South Florida Symphony Orchestra.
Take in a round or two of golf at the Key West Golf Club. Rental clubs are available for your use.
The Studios is a nonprofit center offering art exhibitions and concerts throughout the year, often showcasing local talents.
Located in the house that the Nobel Prize-winning Hemmingway spent 10 years writing in, this museum contains memorabilia of his life. Guided tours are available through the museum.
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