No matter how you got here – plane, ferry, cruise ship, or car, you will know right away that you left the mainland and are now 130 miles out into the ocean (the Gulf of Mexico on the west side and the Atlantic Ocean on the east). You have arrived at the Conch Republic (we seceded in 1982 and became the Conch Republic). You are in a quirky, charming, beautiful, tropical place. The seven square mile island offers so much to do and see – you can deep sea fish, dive for lobsters, dive on the colorful reefs, or take part in the multitude of really, really fun events that happen year round. Think Fantasy Fest, power boat races, bike week, parades (little and big), plays (we have three theaters), music, the Songwriters Festival, Sunset at Mallory Square, the Schooner Wharf Minimal Regatta (hilarious), Mel Fisher Days, Hemmingway Days, Lobsterfest and so much more. You won’t be bored.
Key West, the southernmost point of the United States, is famous for its clear, warm azur water, gorgeous reefs, water sports, lively nightlife, music, art, beaches and historic sites…..and café con leche at 5 Brothers! As you amble (that’s what you do here unless you have too many café con leches) down the street, keep an eye out for iguanas in the trees or tearing across the street or the hilarious chickens and their children that call Key West home.
Don’t miss Duval Street. Duval Street offers a mix of high end resorts on the water (both ends of Duval) with art galleries, charming little bistros, high end restaurants, and bars in between. Sloppy Joe’s Bar, a favorite Key West hangout of novelist Ernest Hemingway, sits on the corner of Duval and Greene Streets – lots of music and fun has been had here for many years. And, just down the street and around the corner is Hemmingway’s home as well as the Audubon House and the Mel Fisher Museum. We think you will find that walking tours and the Conch Train are two of the best ways to see the island’s intriguing architecture, courtyards, sparkling water, and gardens. If you are walking, start in the center of town at the Key West City Cemetery (above ground), which offers a glimpse of Key West’s past and its offbeat sense of humor as exhibited by gravestones that read, “I told you I was sick,” and “At least I know where he’s sleeping tonight.” Of course you can take the “Ghost Tour” in the evening in hopes of seeing some of our local “haints”.
While the tropical foliage in Key West is lovely and unique, one of the characteristics that gives Key West its flavor is the architecture. Key West is the second oldest city in the country and its charming architecture reflects its history. Key West has over 3000 eclectic wooden buildings dating from 1886 to 1912. This collection of 1900s structures is the largest historical district on the US Department of Interior’s National Register of Historic Places. The different gingerbread styles add an individuality to each house. You could spend hours walking through Old Town looking at the various styles – conch house, shot gun, eye brow house, Bahama style, French Colonial, and Romanesque Revival.
Come to Key West to relax and take advantage of the balmy breezes or keep busy day and night – it’s your choice!! If you are considering purchasing a home in Key West, give us a call. We would love to help you become part of one of the most delightful communities in the country!!