Newly Added Wallpaper: Legendary, Historic and Relaxing Key West

For native Floridians, especially those lucky enough to be in the south of the state, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one that has never taken US-1 straight down over the Seven Mile Bridge to the Southernmost Point, Key West. It’s an iconic island town, one rife with history, humor, and an incredibly laid back vibe that is utterly contagious.

Set foot here and you’ll soon be enveloped in the Conch Republic’s no-hurry philosophy on life. It’s a great way to live. However, you’ll have to get here first. There are several options for that. One of the most popular ways for out-of-towners is to arrive via cruise ship. There are many cruises that offer Key West as a destination on the many ports of call. If you travel to Key West in this way though, don’t get caught up in the touristy stuff. While it’s fun and kitschy, Key West as it was before all the tourists flocked in is incredibly quirky and unique. Seek out sights off the beaten path and you will get a true taste of this place.

That’s why if you can drive into Key West from Miami, you should go for it. You’ll be treated to an amazing road trip, plus you can stop at the other Keys on the way down, like Islamorada and Big Pine Key. Traffic can be a little irritating though, so try taking the Florida Turnpike to the end, turn left onto Card Sound Road and take the little bridge that connects you to North Key Largo. You’ll bypass all the traffic as you connect back up with US-1 South.

By the way, if you’re coming to Key West because you want beaches, stop. One of the biggest misconceptions is that it is full of blissful beaches. But if it’s beaches you want, you’re better off on the other Keys just northward. The shores of Key West are generally very rocky unless you head to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. It’s also a good place for snorkeling and fishing, but with those two, you can find plenty of opportunities around the island for that. Some hotels also boast private beach access which is certainly nice if you can afford those upscale and swankier accommodations.

Perhaps one of the best things to do in Key West, aside from seeing the typical landmarks like the Hemingway House or the buoy at the Southernmost Point, or doing the obligatory bar crawl down Duval Street while cramming as many conch fritters into your mouth as possible, is seeing the sunset. From Key West, it is truly magical. Mallory Square is probably the most popular place to go, but if you poke around, you’ll find rooftop bars and other places with fewer crowds and plenty of cocktails to make the experience even more enlightening.

And while you’re perched to watch the sunset, don’t forget to try a rum runner, the signature drink of Key West, for the ultimate experience!

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