Round The World and other travels

A frequent flyer's collection of trip diaries

January 2013: Key West

Key West lies at the end of US Highway 1 and is the southernmost city in the continental United States. Lying just north of the Tropic of Cancer, it enjoys an almost-tropical climate and has the distinction of being the driest city in Florida. The streets of the historic district are laid out on a European scale, which makes this part of town ideal for walking and cycling, rather than driving. Key West is a popular calling point for giant cruise liners as well as playing host to a flotilla of small pleasure craft. The town is also well-known for its laid-back atmosphere and party spirit, and increasingly for its seafood-based cuisine.

Key West has some wonderful architecture. Many historic wooden houses featuring attractive balconies and porches have been beautifully restored and painted in bright colours that are well-suited to the climate. Specific buildings that I viewed in a little more detail included the Harry S Truman Little White House, St Paul's Church and the Ernest Hemingway House.


Conch Republic

In 1982, the city of Key West made a tongue-in-cheek declaration of independence from the United States, founding the so-called Conch (pronounced 'conk') Republic. The aspiring new entity's equally tongue-in-cheek motto was 'We seceded where others failed'. The notion is maintained for the benefit of tourists, with major 'Independence Day' celebrations on 23 April each year.


Base: Westin Resort and Marina

Linked reports from same trip:

Flight Log LH462

Key Largo and the Overseas Highway

Miami Beach