For centuries, sailing ships in the Florida Straits fell victim to treacherous reefs and hurricanes. Since 1893, Key West has seen the boom and bust of shipwreck salvage, cigar, sponge, and shrimp industries. Today Key West is filled with their legacies, and those of the writers and artists who have called Key West home.
Gulf and Atlantic waters are uncanny shades of blue and green—inviting you to snorkel and sail. Hop on and off the Old Town Trolley to visit hotspots along famous Duval Street, as well as Ernest Hemingway’s Home & Museum, President Truman’s Little White House, the Shipwreck Museum, and more. Deep-sea fishing for sailfish, snook, tarpon, or snapper is thrilling and a fitting homage to Papa Hemingway.