01 August 2017

Sophisticated Shopping, Seafood Cuisine Are Key West Temptations

Since the mid-1800s, the island of Key West has been renowned for its overall refined sense of taste. Wrecking captains salvaged fine cargo goods — silks and laces, wines, silver and gold, exotic trinkets and jewelry — from ships grounded on nearby Florida Keys reefs. Valuable goods from exotic ports were sold at auction to eager buyers.
01 August 2017

World’s Longest Rainbow Flag Brought Recognition of Key West’s Diversity

During Key West Pride in 2003, a 1.25-mile rainbow flag sewn by Gilbert Baker, the creator of the original rainbow flag, was unfurled to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the original banner’s debut.          
03 May 2017

Six State Parks of Upper Florida Keys

Ten state parks throughout the 125-mile-long Florida Keys & Key West island chain include some of Florida’s most appealing waterfront views and beaches. Most parks are only footsteps from Florida Bay’s aquamarine waters to the west and the turquoise hues of the Atlantic Ocean to the east.
03 May 2017

State Parks of the Middle and Lower Keys

In the Middle and Lower Florida Keys, four unique state parks — Long Key, Curry Hammock, Bahia Honda and Fort Zachary Taylor — are easy to explore and offer some of the best recreational opportunities in the 125-mile-long island chain.

The Highway That Goes to Sea

The Overseas Highway, the southernmost leg of U.S. Highway 1 that’s sometimes called the Highway that Goes to Sea, is a modern wonder. In 2009, the roadway was named an All-American Road, the highest recognition possible under the National Scenic Byways program established by the United States Congress.

Florida Keys & Key West: Quick Facts

A 125-mile-long chain of islands that begins just south of Miami, the Florida Keys are connected by the Overseas Highway’s 42 bridges over water — one almost seven miles long — over the Atlantic Ocean, Florida Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. 

Hemingway Home in Key West

The house and gardens at 907 Whitehead St. are still “home” to one of the United States’ most renowned writers — the late Ernest Hemingway. Now a registered National Historic Landmark, the Spanish colonial villa is open to the public as a museum honoring the island’s most famous literary resident. 

Keys Cuisine Flavored by Indigenous Seafood

Stretching 125 miles into open water, the Florida Keys can boast early settlers ranging from Bahamian fishermen to Cuban cigar makers and New England merchants. In such a rich melting pot, it’s natural that the indigenous cuisine incorporates diverse and delicious influences — with a reliance on an abundant array of fish and seafood harvested from surrounding waters.
06 September 2016

Lower Keys Bahia Honda

Bahia Honda State Park in the Lower Florida Keys near Big Pine Key, Fla., offers outstanding amenities for vacationers as well as an excellent view of a historic railroad bridge fabricated by the men that built Henry Flagler's Overseas Railway. In an annual survey of American beaches, Bahia Honda was voted the top beach by Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, a Florida International University professor known as "Dr. Beach." Photo by Bob Krist/Florida Keys News Bureau
06 September 2016

Lower Keys Kayak

Paddling among mangrove forests is a popular kayaking activity in the Lower Florida Keys near Big Pine Key. photo by Steve Bly/Florida Keys News Bureau