Key West © Direnzoa
On the tip of the Florida Keys, between the
Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, lies the historic island
city of Key West. Situated as it is at the gateway to the Caribbean
and in close proximity to Cuba, this island supports a vibrant
community and a long seafaring and naval tradition,
Key West, also known as the 'Conch Republic', has
a distinct Caribbean flavour. The streets of its old quarter are
lined with palms and pastel-painted, wooden colonial 'gingerbread'
houses. It has been the favoured holiday haunt of greats like
Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and Harry Truman. This is
because of its relaxed atmosphere, colourful neighbourhoods,
legendary bars and restaurants, offshore fishing opportunities, and
lively nightlife. The city also hosts innumerable pageants, parades
and festivals, has an active theatre culture, and several heritage
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