Key West is in Florida and it is the southernmost point in the United States. It is a relatively small island and a famous holiday destination for its watersports activities, happy-hours (which is all day), lively nightlife, beautiful beaches and historic sites. The town is only 90 miles to Cuba. It separates the Atlantic Ocean from the Gulf of Mexico, however, the town ambience and the attitude of residents are more like the easy-go-lucky Caribbeans.
We took the Conch Tour Train which provided us a great history lesson on Key West and it took us to the popular landmarks. The tour took us through the main Duval Street which is colourful and has an energetic vibe. The street is lined with an eclectic mix of shops, bars and cafes. There are many train tours to see the colourful town but a walking tour is a great way to see the island’s intresting architecture, courtyards and gardens. We are relatively fit so we just walked the island independently after the train tour. The town has an amazing free-spirited and quirky atmosphere which makes it a uniquely beautiful American town. Everyone appeared to be happy which is quite contagious.
We also patiently lined up and visited Ernest Hemingway’s Home and Museum. The home served as Hemingway’s base from 1928 until 1940. The house is a great to experience to visit and it is worth lining up for for 30 minutes. The tour guide gave us a comprehensive biography on the famous author as well as in-house gossips about his personal affairs. It is incredible to look into the office where Hemingway’s desk, chair, typewriter and wall ornaments are supposedly just as he left them. We also encountered a graveyard of past generations of his beloved cats.