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Key WestUnited States of America

Located at the southernmost tip of Florida, this sun-drenched, fun-loving island encourages visitors to leave their worries behind and embrace relaxation.

Closer to Havana than it is to Miami, Key West is the southernmost city of the continental United States, approximately 90 miles (140 kilometers) from the Cuban capital. Key West refers to the island as well as the city. Over the years, it has been a pirate refuge, a naval base and a favored haunt of American literary legends, including Ernest Hemingway. Today, the island appears to be in permanent vacation mode, with plenty of bars, restaurants and beaches where you can while away the hours.

Make your first stop at the impressive monument at the corner of South and Whitehead streets near South Beach. Proudly announcing in bold letters that you are at the southernmost point of the continental United States, it is one of Key West’s most photographed attractions.

Most of the tourist attractions are located in the old town. Step inside the Key West Shipwreck Museum, which charts the history of the “wreckers” who used to rescue people from sunken ships then salvage the cargo.

Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, a Spanish colonial-style building in which the author wrote some of his most famous works. At Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, see Hemingway’s typewriter, glasses and a shrunken human torso that he owned. The Harry S. Truman Little White House is a historic site where the former president made many decisions on domestic and foreign policy.

Join locals and visitors who gather every evening at the water’s edge at Mallory Square for the sunset celebration. Street performers and exhibitors entertain the crowds as the sun lowers into the Gulf of Mexico.

Duval Street is downtown Key West’s main strip and home to the majority of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.

At 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) long and 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) wide, Key West is not a big city. Most people spend their time in the old town, where all the attractions are within easy walking distance. Bicycles and scooters, which can be rented, are popular ways to get around.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in the Florida Keys page.

Top Hotels in Key West

Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $289 per night from Dec 17 to Dec 18

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,575 reviews)

"Terrific location although a bit noisy from traffic. We will definitely return."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 24, 2020

Southernmost Beach Resort
Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
4 out of 5
5950 Peninsular Avenue, Key West, FL
The price is CA $165 per night from Nov 29 to Nov 30

Situated in Key West, this golf hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Key West Harbour, Robbie's and Lower Keys Medical Center. Key West Golf Club is 2.1 mi (3.4 ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,422 reviews)

"I had a wonderful time. The staff were excellent & very helpful."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 21, 2020

Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
4 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $162 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in New Town, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Key West Golf Club, Higgs Beach and Duval Street. South Beach and Smathers Beach are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,635 reviews)

"What makes this hotel special is the pool. The bartenders and waitstaff around the pool were excellent. Especially Diane she was friendly and prompt. Hotel was very clean and perfect for me and my wife."…"

Reviewed on Nov. 4, 2020

Havana Cabana at Key West
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Vacation Rentals in Key West

Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
3.5 out of 5
200 Sunset Lane, Key West, FL
The price is CA $280 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Old Town, this condo is steps away from Key West Museum of Art and History and Harry S. Truman Little White House. Duval Street and Mallory Square ...

4/5Very Good! (143 reviews)

"Beautiful property. Excellent location within walking distance to everything. Will be staying here again!"…"

Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2020

Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Sunrise Suites Resort
Sunrise Suites Resort
3 out of 5
3685 Seaside Drive, Key West, FL

Situated near the airport, this condo is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Fort East Martello Museum and Gallery and within 3 miles (5 km) of Smathers Beach and Key West ...

4/5Very Good! (976 reviews)

"I like the fact that I just went to my room and opened with the key code and that avoid the time that usually spent in the lobby doing the check in."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 15, 2020

Sunrise Suites Resort
Kimpton Ella's Cottages
Kimpton Ella's Cottages
3.5 out of 5
811 Simonton Street, Key West, FL
The price is CA $221 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Key West Historic District, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Duval Street, South Beach and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. Southernmost ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (8 reviews)

"Amazing Key West styled cottages. Very clean and appears to be a newer place."…"

Reviewed on Aug. 10, 2020

Kimpton Ella's Cottages
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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