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Key West and the Florida Keys
Welcome to Key
If you have visited us before, you are probably still talking
about it and have some fond memories of a fabulous Key
West Vacation at one of your favorite Key
West Hotels, or of a beautiful Key
West sunset, or walking down an Old Town lane and smelling the jasmine,
or singing along to a popular duo at one of the famous downtown Key
West bars on Duval
If you have never been here before, you are in for a real treat. There is a Key
West attraction for everyone.
We have some of the finest saltwater
fishing around, whether you are an avid fly fisherman looking for the thrill
of sight casting to tarpon as they cross a beautiful, sandy flat in the Key
West backcountry, or offshore doing
some deep sea fishing and
thinking about a fresh seafood dinner at one of our fine Key
West restaurants. Or you may just want to enjoy a relaxing trip on a smaller
charter to view dolphins in the
wild or to kayak in the backcountry off
SCUBA diving and snorkeling in Key West
Diving and snorkeling in
the coral reefs and wrecks around Key West is spectacular. If you are interested
in wreck diving, there are only a few around Key West that are available to
visitors, but the few we have are world class! On May 27, 2009 we sank the
USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg to create an artificial reef in 140 feet of water
seven miles off Key West. The Vandenberg is the second largest ship purposely
sunk as an artificial reef. Info
On Diving the Gen. Hoyt S.Vandenberg! Tropical fish are abundant on the
reefs and there is snorkeling available on a sailing catamaran or schooner
for a full day of fun. To experience the aquatic life after sunset, some of
the dive boats here in Key West also
offer night dives.
The Conch Republic - Key West
The Conch Republic was born on 23
April 1982, after the U.S. Border Patrol blockaded the Keys with a "border".
Mayor Dennis Wardlow seceded from the Union, declared War, then surrendered demanding
Foreign Aid; thusly creating "The People Who Seceded Where Others Failed".
One of Key West's best attributes is that no matter what time of the year you
come here, there is always something going on. The Key
West calendar of events is filled from January to December with everything
from Florida Keys fishing tournaments to a gathering to celebrate the Conch Republic’s
Independence. We even have our own festival each October, Fantasy
Fest. If you have never been to Fantasy Fest you really need to come down
and give it a try. Go visit the website at www.fantasyfest.net for
Key West accommodations -
where to stay
You may find it difficult to watch the sun set on the beautiful, serene waters
surrounding Key West without wanting to get closer. So whether it’s a ride to
the tropical reefs offshore, a sport-fishing charter into the Straits of
Florida or the Gulf of Mexico, a daytime or sunset cruise aboard a catamaran
or tall ship, a nature tour of the backcountry flats, or an excursion to Fort
Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas, this is the place to be. You can privately
charter your craft, join a small group, or sign on with a large group ...
whatever you choose. The waters around Key West are beautiful, the romance
and adventure of the seas are here for the taking, and the sunsets are free
for the viewing.
No doubt about it, for a 2-by-4 mile island, Key West sure has a lot going
on with food and drink. At last count there were over 240 eating and drinking
establishments, and there is one thing you can bank on while here in Key West, fresh
local seafood. Because of the spectacular views and the interesting people-watching,
outside dining seems to be a favorite in Key West. Some establishments have
a beautiful view of the sunset, while others are right on Duval Street, which
can get very interesting as the evening progresses. There are also many restaurants
off the beaten path. Ask a local where to eat; everyone has a favorite place.
Of course, there are plenty of bars and
lots of drinking happening in Key West. Find one that suits you and enjoy the
surroundings. Some bars feature live, daily music from local and national acts
while others have a calm and quiet atmosphere with a tranquil view of the Atlantic
Looking for a second home or a retirement property? The Florida Keys are easy
to get to and easy for the rest of your family to come visit. Property in the
Florida Keys and Key West has yielded a tremendous return over past years. Realtors
and property management services are available as well as a listing of
their properties for sale. Key West architecture models itself after the architecture
of many different locales around the country. Whether you are searching for
a tropical getaway in downtown Key West that is close to it all, a cozy cottage
on the beach or the convenience of a condo where your boat is tied to the dock,
the Key West real estate agents and mortgage
companies can help. Also visit our Florida Keys Real Estate website: www.fkren.com,
the Florida Keys Real Estate Network -
a place to find Mortgage Brokers, Agents, Pre-Construction property, Property
Management, and any other Real Estate needs
you may have.
Key West is a fun place and can be as relaxing, romantic, or wild as you want
it to be. There are accommodations
in Key West for every type of traveler. We have some of the most extravagant guesthouses
and inns with beautiful, lush landscaping and free-form pools. Some of the
places make you think you are in a tropical rainforest. You may find it hard
to believe you are really in Old
Town Key West.
There are also some fabulous, full-service resorts
in Key West, spread out around the island. The resorts offer great vacation
packages for families and for romantic getaways. Visit our Key
West accommodations section to find the resort that suits your needs.
Key West has some budget accommodations for
those who just want a place to crash. Again, check out the accommodations section
for more information.
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Upcoming Major Events
October 18 – 19
Held in Key West's historic Bahama Village neighborhood, the lively Goombay is known for its island-style food, arts and crafts, nonstop live entertainment and dancing in the streets.
Contact: Bob Oberle 305-304-2643
October 18 – 27
34th Annual Fantasy Fest
This outrageous 10-day costuming and masking celebration, themed "Superheroes, Villains ... and Beyond!" features flamboyant costume competitions including one for pets, promenades, street fairs and a grand parade that stars marching groups, island bands and lavish floats. More than 40 masquerade contests, themed parties, parades and other spectacles are to challenge the creativity of mask and costume designers.
31st Annual Headdress Ball
This "over the top" contest includes an extravagant show with lots of Key West razzle dazzle, and is a competition "head and shoulders" above the rest with contestants judged from the shoulders up! Major cash prizes including a $1,500 grand prize. Tickets sell out quickly! Held at the Southernmost on the Beach, 508 South Street.
Contact: Rebecca Tomlinson at 305-294-4603
Fantasy Fest Pet Masquerade
The wacky costume contest for domestic pets and their people is a highlight of the island city's 10-day Fantasy Fest costuming and masking festival. A magical carousel of frisky pets and playful owners delightfully disguised get ready to frolic for fame and fortune; registration for competition is at 4 p.m.; Show starts at 5:30 p.m.; FREE to watch; $25 to enter; benefits Lower Keys Friends of Animals; located at the Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St.
Captain Morgan Fantasy Fest Parade
Lavishly decorated floats, costumed characters, bands and elaborately garbed marching groups are to make a splash on Key West's Duval Street. The glittering parade is the traditional highlight of the annual Fantasy Fest masking and costuming celebration. At 7 p.m. the parade is scheduled to begin at the intersection of Southard and Whitehead streets. Floats, bands and other parade participants are to travel down Whitehead toward the Gulf of Mexico, turn onto Front Street and then proceed the mile down Duval to the Atlantic Ocean.
November 3 - 10
Key West World Championship Race
High-speed offshore powerboats race in Key West Harbor and surrounding waters to continue Key West's longstanding tradition in this 31st annual challenge, known internationally as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. A portion of the 6.5-mile course runs through Key West Harbor, meaning smooth water where racers can achieve speeds above 140 mph and provide fans breathtaking displays of skill and power.