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Green Iguanas & Splendors of Key West

You've heard everyone rave about Key West. The bars! The beaches! It really is a world of its own. From turquoise waters to palm-lined streets, here are the must-dos of colorful Key West.

Relax on Smathers Beach

Come on, would you really visit Key West and not go to the beach? This popular beach on the island's south shore boasts pristine white sand, teal waters, and swaying palms. Keep in mind that you may see some low-flyinig planes about to land - Smathers is just 1 mile from Key West International Airport!

Visit Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Usually referred to as simply "Fort Zach" or "Fort Taylor," this is the locals' pick when it comes to beaches. Why Fort Zach over Smathers? According to locals, Fort Zach is a lot less crowded, boasts clearer water, and is an excellent spot to snorkel. You'll also come across a pretty cool Civil War-era fort as you walk to the sand!

Tour the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum

This historic landmark is way more than just a pretty house. Visiting this celebrated author's former home is one of the most popular things to do in Key West. Immerse yourself in history and get a feel for Hemingway's day-to-day -- and be prepared to see a lot of cats! Cats? Yep -- the famous "Hemingway cats" roam the property, and many of them are said to be descended from a six-toed cat that Hemingway received as a gift. So, uh, pay attention to their paws.

  • Opens 365-Days 9-5pm

  • Tour Tickets available for purchase at main gate.

  • Cash Only

Bar hop down Duval Street

Duval Street is the street in Key West. Stroll down the sidewalk, lined with postcard-worthy palm trees, colorful storefronts, outdoor cafes -- and lots of bars. Of course, you'll probably want to start with the one and only Sloppy Joe's Bar, but make sure you get a taste of all the bars that make Duval Street one of a kind.

Take the ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park

Craving island paradise? Comprised of seven islands and protected coral reefs, Dry Tortugas is a must. The clear turquoise water from the Gulf of Mexico makes it one of the best beach-going and snorkeling locations in Florida! While the ferry ride is about two-hours each way, the fact that Dry Tortugas is 70 miles from Key West gives it that far away tropical island feel.

Visit a rum distillery

Hemingway vibes are strong in Old Key West. Being that the mojito was his favorite cocktail, it's only natural that rum is the go-to spirit in Key West. Visit one (or a few) rum distilleries, where you can learn about the culture and enjoy generous tastings.

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