Visitors' guide to Key West's attractions, restaurants and hotels
An island measuring two miles by four miles and located 90 miles from Cuba between the waters of the Gulf of Mexico to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the east, Key West is the southernmost point in the United States. Key West is renowned for its relaxed, idyllic lifestyle, gently swaying palm trees, rum cocktails and conch, quaint architecture and the stunning sunsets that are a cause for celebration every evening at Mallory Square. Although these things are still part of life here, the tempo has quickened in recent years. Now, there are restaurants, galleries and shops, a vibrant nightlife and more of a focus on tourism. Several writers found the area conducive to their craft; Hemingway wrote many of his best-known works here and the Hemingway Home and Museum is the island's most popular attraction. Audubon House and Tropical Gardens was home to John J Audubon, the renowned ornithologist and artist who documented avian and plant life here during his stay in the 1930s. The house is now a museum that displays numerous Audubon works. The Key West Aquarium allows visitors to explore marine life in the Keys, with a touch tank that affords them the opportunity to handle conch, starfish and crabs.