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Key West, Florida

Let's explore Key West

If you are travelling with teenagers, the Key islands may be a good option for you. To reach Key West, the most southern island you will use the Overseas Highway. Crossing the 40 bridges of this archipelago is an overwhelming experience. In addition to the most stunning views over the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, the Keys hold a fascinating story. I doubt you have heard of the Flagler’s Folly; it is time we remedy this ! A tycoon who would fund the Standard Oil Company decided to extend the Overseas Railroad to Key West. In spite of hurricanes and hardships the construction was completed in 1912. In my eyes, Key West is a gem, and it has much more to offer than its surfing spots…

Crossing the 40 bridges of this archipelago is an overwhelming experience. In addition to the most stunning views over the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean, the Keys hold a fascinating story.

Sunset celebration and shipwreck museum

Sunset celebration at Mallory Square. Iconic figures such as Mark Twain or Tennessee Williams came to this place to watch the sunset.  Imagine the glowing sun sinking into the Gulf of Mexico. Since the late 60s, a nightly festival takes place on the spot. It hosts performers, locals and visitors who share good vibes and tasty food.

The Key West Treasure Shipwreck Museum is unmissable. Learn moreabout Asa Tift, a salvager. Unforgettable is the tour where tourists are shown around by an actor portraying the wrecker. Once there make sure you climb to the top of the 65-foot wreck lookout tower to get a bird’s eyes view.   

Hemingway Home and Museum. Here is a visit you must add to your schedule. The museum is open daily for walk-in visits. The American writer who won a Nobel Prize for his novel “The Old Man and the Sea” may captivate your kids. He was given a cat by a ship’s captain and some of the cats running in the house are descendants of “Snow White” …

From Capt Tony's saloon to the lighthouse

Embark on the Ultimate bar crawl. Let’s start with the Capt Tony’s Saloon, a Key West landmark since the 1850s. At some point it was a speakeasy and under the name of “the Sloppy Joe’s Bar” it saw celebrities such as Truman Capote, Jimmy Buffet or Hemingway. Inside the saloon which contains a hanging tree, you may bump into the ghost of a murderess!  

Head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park Beach which is off the beaten path. The fort played a significant role in Florida history and the museum offers a narrated tour recalling the Secession War. On the beach which is often deemed the prettiest one in the surroundings you will to catch the sun and lay out.

The Key West lighthouse and Keepers’ quarters. What you must know about this sentinel is that it was erected after the US established a base on Key West. Feel free to go up the 88 steps to the bottom and enjoy a panoramic view. Surprisingly enough the first keeper back to 1848 was a woman.   

Inside the saloon which contains a hanging tree, you may bump into the ghost of a murderess!

A daytrip to Dry Tortugas National Park. Why about taking a high- speed catamaran or a seaplanetoget to Jefferson Fort? There is a good chance you will fascinated by the glimpse of the crystal-clear waters. The group of secluded islands is home to a marine life, and you will be able to birdwatch and discover native plant life.  

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