About Key West

Discover a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain.
Stroll the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway's home.
Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams.

Marvel at the accomplishment of Henry Flagler, an oil tycoon whose Florida Keys Over-Sea Railroad train made its first journey to Key West on Jan. 12, 1912, literally connecting the previously isolated Florida Keys with the mainland for the first time, forever changing the face of the island chain.

Key West facts

  • The whole island is a bird sanctuary since there are many endangered species there.
  • The third largest coral reef in the world is off the coast of Key West. The reef is 160 miles long.
  • People born in Key West are called Conchs.
  • Most of the 40 cats living at the Hemingway House have six or seven toes because they are all descendents from Hemingway's cat.
  • Operation Petticoat, The Rose Tattoo, Reap the Wild Wind, PT 109, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, License to Kill, and Running Scared are all movies that were filmed on Key West.
  • Three Civil War forts are located on Key West.

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