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Key West Introduction


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Key West, Florida, is a haven for the famous, the nonfamous and for those looking to get a little lost. Everyone seems to enjoy Key West's relaxed pace, storybook architecture, colorful history, live-and-let-live local attitude and end-of-the-world feel.   Click here to see the full Key West travel guide on Travel42 »

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Key West Geography


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The tiny island (2 mi/3 km wide by 4 mi/6 km long) is one of about 1,000 coral islets in the Florida Keys, an archipelago that stretches 126 mi/203 km southward from the tip of mainland Florida. U.S. Highway 1, also known as the Overseas Highway (it spans the East Coast and straddles the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean in the Keys), links Key West to the rest of the state. The roadway ribbons its way across 34 of the islands that form the Florida Keys and over 43 connecting bridges, including one that's a spectacular 7 mi/11 km long.   Click here to see the full Key West travel guide on Travel42 »

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Key West History


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The U.S. government acquired Key West from Spain in 1819 as part of the Florida Purchase, and back in those days, pirates were active in the area. After the U.S. Navy put the pirates out of business, most of the isolated islanders made lucrative livings as wreckers, salvaging the booty from ships that wrecked on the coral reefs offshore. In fact, between 1828 and the 1850s, Key West was considered the richest city, per capita, in the United States.  Click here to see the full Key West travel guide on Travel42 »

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Key West Sightseeing & Things to Do


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Key West is small enough that you'll need little more than a comfortable pair of walking shoes (or perhaps a bike) to take in most everything the city has to offer. To start, you may want to get the lay of the land by hopping on the Conch Tour Train or the Old Town Trolley—both will take you past virtually every point of interest on the island. (The Conch Train is nonstop, and the Trolley has 13 hop-on/hop-off points.)   Click here to see the full Key West travel guide on Travel42 »

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Key West Nightlife


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Although proud of its party-town reputation, Key West parties flip-flop style—casual more than crazed—and the rum drinks are sipped at outdoor bars rather than in neon-striped nightclubs. The party often starts on sunset catamaran cruises and continues into the early-morning hours.   Click here to see the full Key West travel guide on Travel42 »

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Key West Restaurants & Dining


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For such a small island, Key West has more than its fair share of quality restaurants. Foodies can delight in the choices, while those who just don't care will be very happy with the easy options.  Click here to see the full Key West travel guide on Travel42 »

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