Stretching 112 miles into the ocean from the southernmost tip of the mainland, the Florida Keys are an archipelago of pretty coral islands surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other.
The islands vary greatly in size and character but are connected by a series of bridges making it possible to drive the length of the Keys on the busy but spectacular Highway 1.
At the very tip of the island chain Key West, once home to Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams, is a touristy but gloriously eccentric and wonderfully lively community full of galleries, museums, bars and restaurants.
Off the coast to the west and renowned for abundant sealife and spectacular coral reefs, Dry Tortugas National Park is an excellent place to visit from Key West either by boat or seaplane. The park is among the most isolated and least disturbed of the Keys and makes for a lovely day trip.
Along with wonderful opportunities for snorkeling, kayaking, fishing and diving, the park is home to an impressive former Civil War prison, Fort Jefferson.
Map of Key West
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Places near Key West
- Islamorada 77 miles away
- Naples 110 miles away
- Miami 131 miles away
- Sanibel Island & Captiva Island 133 miles away
- Fort Myers 145 miles away
- Sarasota 198 miles away
- Anna Maria Island 213 miles away
- Florida 226 miles away
- Tampa 239 miles away
- Clearwater 245 miles away
- Cape Canaveral 276 miles away
- Orlando 277 miles away
Photos of Key West
Accommodation choices for Key West
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Key West. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
Nestled in a tranquil setting, the Reach Resort artfully combines the effervescent feel of the Mediterranean within a cultured, intimate setting.
Built in 1920, Casa Marina Resort, a Waldorf Astoria resort, offers a taste of old Key West ambience along with contemporary luxury.
La Mer and Dewey House is set among tropical gardens and is shaded by palm trees. It overlooks the beach and is close to the historic Key West old town.