Key West – An Island Paradise
By Patricia A. Vorbrich
One of the world’s most popular vacation destinations, Key West, offers a unique combination of fun and sun, land and sea, as well as excitement day and night. And, with all the choices for a weekend getaway, Key West is right in our own backyard. Whether you are looking for the island lifestyle, a laid back, relaxed retreat, or the ocean views, swaying palms, or flavors of the sea, guests can enjoy it all at this tropical island paradise right here in Florida.
Key West, an island city, is part of the Florida Keys and the state’s southernmost point, lying roughly 90 miles north of Cuba. Famed for its pastel-hued, conch-style houses and laid-back attitude, it’s a cruise-ship stop also accessible from the mainland via the Overseas Highway. It’s known more for its coral reefs – destinations for diving and snorkeling – than for its beaches. Explore the crystal clear waters with a diving, snorkeling or sailing expedition. Savor a Key West sunset at Mallory Square. Or take a relaxing stroll down Duval Street, grab a cold drink, listen to a local band or shop at the many art galleries, shops and boutiques.
Don’t forget to stop in to see one of the most popular museums in Key West, the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here for more than ten years. Calling Key West home, Hemingway found solace and great physical challenge in the turquoise waters that surround this tiny island. The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to approximately 40-50 polydactyl (six-toed) cats.
Looking for a place to stay right on the water? Part romance, part adventure, and entirely paradise, Pier House Resort is legendary in the Florida Keys for countless reasons. As the first full-service Key West hotel, the convenient location on the edge of Old Town, puts guests steps away from a private beach and all the entertainment that makes the island so famous. With 119 waterfront guestrooms and 23 expansive suites, Pier House Resort is a premier destination in the Florida Keys.
Whether soaking in the sun on a romantic Key West getaway, adventuring with family or seeking a tranquil outpost with your friends, their wide selection of rooms guarantees a perfect stay.
One stop to make is the new Wine-O experience. A unique and inviting wine shop and bar nuzzled amidst the chaos of Duvall St., it features over 200 bottles from around the world. Wine-O offers wine by the glass, or guests can experience a varietal tasting with the ever popular wine flights.
According to legend, once Key West sand gets in your shoes, you’ll return again and again. So hop in the car, put the top down, and enjoy the sunny, relaxing drive to the end of US 1. M
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