Sunset is a nightly ritual on Key West holidays, celebrated in style at Mallory Square pier. As the fiery ball of the sun sinks below the horizon in a haze of purple and orange, the Square comes alive with jugglers, fire eaters, buskers and performers of all kinds. You can even catch some cat acrobatics!
Ernest Hemingway Home
The famed author and hell-raiser lived on Key West in a stunning Spanish colonial style house from 1931 to 1942. You can tour the house and view the roost where he wrote classics like To Have and Have Not, as well as walk in the lush gardens. Look out for the 40 plus cats that roam the property - descendents of Hemingway's own famous six-toed pet.
Dry Tortugas National Park
Take the boat or the seaplane out to remote Dry Tortugas National Park to explore its seven islands and Fort Jefferson, a massive 19th-century coastal fortress marooned 70 miles offshore.Wander its brick corridors, learn about its fascinating history, and then slip into the glassy waters of the Gulf for superlative snorkelling over coral reefs. Watch out for the amazing birdlife, too.
Key West's main drag is a mecca for anyone on the hunt for souvenir T-shirts by day, and for party animals by night. It's a quintessential part of the Key West experience, and doing the legendary 'Duval Crawl' along its mile-long strip of bars, restaurants music clubs and shops is pretty much obligatory.
Get up close to the creatures that inhabit the surrounding waters at the Key West Aquarium, where you can watch sharks, rays and barracudas in a feeding frenzy, as well as touch sea anemones and sea cucumbers. Also drop into the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Centre to find out all about the natural history of this stunning area.