01 Sep Top Reasons to Visit Florida’s Tropical Centre, Key West
The Florida Keys’ quirky, tropical centre is now Key West. Key West, which is closer to Cuba than mainland Florida, feels a million miles apart from the rest of the United States. Whether you’re into water sports, nightlife, nature, or art, the island’s rowdy past, free-spirited outlook, and unique “Floribbean” attitude are great lures for all kinds of tourists. The following are our top reasons to visit Key West-
Sunsets worth celebrating-
When visiting Key West, making time to watch a spectacular sunset (or numerous) is a must. You can also enjoy this extraordinary solar display in the company of exuberant jugglers, flashy fire-eaters, and fellow revelers due to the daily Sunset Celebration, which was begun by hippies in the 1960s and is now administered by the Key West Cultural Preservation Society. On bustling Mallory Square, the festivities begin two hours before dusk, with plenty of food stalls, beverage stands, and artisan sellers contributing to the decidedly Key West ambiance.
Appealing Old Town architecture-
The best way to observe Key West’s distinctive pastel-colored homes is to stroll or cycle through the Old Town. Their porches, which are usually furnished with rocking chairs and are hidden behind white picket fences, are the ideal spot for enjoying iced tea in the summer heat. These late-1800s “conch houses” can be seen from Caroline Street or Greene Street. They’re raised on coral slabs and trimmed with gingerbread wood trimming in a mix-and-match style that combines Victorian, Colonial, and Tropical architecture. Fun fact: many were built by shipwrights employing boat-building techniques, which explain why they’ve survived so long.
Visit the narrow alleyways near the lighthouse and to the west of Whitehead Street – nicknamed Bahama Village – to get a sense of Key West’s history. Many of the little buildings, some of which were once cigar factories, are dilapidated and stand in stark contrast to the restoration that can be found elsewhere in Old Town. The real Caribbean flavour can be found here, thanks to the Bahamians who worked in the salvage trade and finally settled in Key West.
The Florida Keys as a whole is an ocean lover’s dream, with a plethora of spectacular water-based activities and experiences. Whether you’re a seasoned diver or a first-time snorkeler, ocean activities should be high on your list of things to do in Key West. Take your pick from several long-standing operators offering anything from wreck dives, reef dives, and mangrove kayaking to glass bottom boat rides at the historic Seaport. You may schedule a “double dip vacation” to make the most of Key West’s watery delights. This trip offers plenty of excitement and excitement, with stops at two prime snorkelling spots made possible by a high-speed, state-of-the-art catamaran.
Key Lime Pie-
When visiting Key West, you must try the Key lime pie. This sweet-crusted dessert is a tantalizingly tangy delicacy created from the citrus fruits that everyone in the neighborhood seems to cultivate in their backyard. While many claim to have the greatest recipe, we pick Blue Heaven for its unique spin on this classic delicacy, which includes massive clouds of meringue in place of whipped cream.