is Key West!? Key West is one of the most colorful cities in the world and it always surprises me when people aren’t exactly sure where it is! Here are 10 fun facts about our tiny island so you know where it is and why to visit!
1.) Key West is the Southernmost City in the continental U.S.. Being the last Key in the chain of Florida Keys it is only 90 miles to Cuba. We are closer to Cuba than the nearest Walmart!
- 2.) The area of Key West is only 2 miles by 4 miles. This means almost everything is walking or biking distance!
3.) Key West is the only continental city that has never had a frost! That is due to it’s tropical climate, comparable to the Caribbean!
4.) Key West is home to North America’s only living coral reef. The majority of the coral reefs in Key West are found in under 20 feet of water. Here the water is crystal clear and calm- perfect for diving and snorkeling!
5.) Nightlife on the famous Duval Street goes until 4am.Key West also has more bars per capita than any other U.S. city!
6.) Three Civil War forts and an operating U.S.Presidential retreat are all on the island, all available to tour for any history buffs!
7.) In 1985 Mel Fisher and his team found the sunken treasure of Nuestra Senora de Atocha and the Santa Margarita, the Spanish galleons that sank off of Key West during a hurricane in 1622. Today most of his $450 million dollar find made up of silver and gold bars, emeralds, jewelery, and artifacts are on display at the Mel Fisher Museum.
8.) Some famous people who have found Key West and decided to call it home include: Ernest Hemingway, Harry Truman, Jimmy Buffett, Winslow Homer, James Audubon, Tennessee Williams, Kelly McGillis, Dale Earnhardt JR, and Ralph Lauren.
9.) Every evening people head to Mallory Square to catch the famous Key West Sunset. While waiting for the sun to dip below the horizon performers, musicians, artists, and vendors entertain the crowds.
10.) Just as some cities have squirrels and chipmucks, Key West has free roaming roosters!
There are so many reasons to visit Key West – what will yours be????