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Key West Holidays ​

Closer to Havana than to Miami, Key West's intoxicating mix of Caribbean, Latin and US culture never fails to seduce. This is the furthest flung of the jewel-like islands that snake around Florida's coast, and it's an outpost of off-beat charm. Here the vibe is strictly shorts and flip-flops, and when you've done with the day's activities, there's always someone around to share a conversation or a margarita with. No wonder Ernest Hemingway loved Key West so much he made it his home.

On Key West holidays the sun shines warmly and the view is lushly tropical. The fantastic crystal-clear waters that lap the island's shores act as one of the biggest lures, and the snorkelling, diving and fishing on tap is superb. Richly hued fish swarm the offshore reefs in their millions, creating an underwater paradise that's easily reached by boat, plus there are submerged wrecks for divers to explore. Meanwhile fishermen can sail off in search of tuna, mahi mahi and tarpon.

Back on dry land, and there are small island beaches dotted about, some sandy and some rocky, but all with their own character. Peaceful Fort Zachary Beach has plenty of trees offering shady respite from the sun's rays, fabulous snorkelling straight from the beach and - a fort! Other beaches, like Smathers, have watersports for those craving some wave action, including jet skis, parasailing, water skiing and powerboating.

But what gives Key West so much of its charisma is the town itself, complete with palm-lined streets, quirky boutiques and colourful wooden houses. The atmosphere is distinctly boho, leaving you free to choose your own path - whether that means visiting a museum, shopping for quirky souvenirs, or working your way along the bars on Duval Street. On Key West holidays, anything goes.

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Sunset Celebration

Mallory Square Pier

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.

Duval Street

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.

Marine Scene

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.​

Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum  
The Key West Shipwreck Treasures Museum allows visitors to step back to the Key West of 1851. Live actors, video interviews and laser technology make the experience one of a kind. Climb up to the 65' captain's observatory and search the reef for wrecks like the wrecking captains of the 19th Century. From £16 per person.

Key West Hop-On Hop-Off Trolley Tour  
A great way to explore the historic Key West is via the islands very own hop-on hop-off trolley tour. Sit back and relax while your expert tour guide turns back the pages of history to the days of Indians, pirates, wreckers and the Civil War. The tour takes in over 100 points of interest! From £14 per person.

Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise
Escape the frenzy of Mallory Square at sunset by cruising out into the beautiful Atlantic waters to experience the famous Key West sunsets on this catamaran cruise. Take in the pink skies and fiery orange sun in peace, whilst you enjoy a glass of champagne or two and snack on a small cheese buffet. This is one fantastic way to get your evening started! From £50 per person.

Key West Backcountry or Flats Fishing Charter
Embark on a Key West fishing adventure and get ready for lots of action! Take a fishing trip on a charter boat off Florida's Key West and get the opportunity to catch different species of fish while admiring the beautiful landscape. Try your hand at catching snapper, shark, barracuda and more as you explore Key West's backcountry or flats on a fishing trip perfect for the experienced angler and novice fisher alike! From £115 per person.

Key West Combo: Glass Bottom Boat Tour, Snorkelling and Dolphin Viewing
There's no better way to experience Florida's amazing marine life than on this combo tour in Key West. On an exciting glass bottom boat cruise along the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, admire up-close views of tropical marine animals under the ocean's surface. Hop in the shallow waters to snorkel around a coral reef and then catch views of playful dolphins as you continue cruising through Dolphin Playground in Key West's beautiful backcountry. From £46 per person.

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Time Difference:
GMT- 5hours

Closest Airport:
Key West International Airport (approx. 11 hours in-direct flight) Miami International Airport (approx. 9 hours, 10 minutes flight.

Getting around:
Hire a car and explore the surrounding areas. Check out the great selection of dining options, attractions and local excursions available. Car hire is available from £20 per day.

Insider Tip:
Eat Key Lime Pie – No trip to the Florida Keys would be complete without trying its signature dish. Key Lime Pie was named one of the Top 10 Iconic American Foods by USA Today (and the only dessert on the list).

You’re going to need an ESTA:
For anyone travelling to the USA, the US authorities have imposed a requirement for passengers travelling under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP), to register for Electronic Travel Authority. Just fill in the online application form which you can find at https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov. You will need to apply for entry via ESTA at least a minimum of 72 hours prior to travel.

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