The southern most tip of the United States, Key West is known for its tropical weather, sandy beaches and a vacation destination. Keep reading for some more fun facts about this historical beach town!
1. As it’s famously stated on the Southernmost Buoy at the end of Simonton Street, Key West is 90 miles to Cuba. But to get to Key West from Miami, it’s a 150-mile drive down the Overseas Highway.
2. Forty-two bridges connect Key West to the mainland. The Overseas Highway is one of the most beautiful drives in the country. Completed in 1938, it connects a string of keys and coral rock with 113 miles of concrete roadway. The aptly named Seven Mile Bridge is the longest and most scenic.
3. In Key West, conchs are people born in Key West. You’re not considered a conch by simply living in Key West; but if you’ve been a local for at least seven years, you may be considered a “freshwater conch” in some circles.
4. Key West is only 8 square feet. Running four miles long and about two miles wide at its widest, Key West is a small island. The popular Old Town makes up about half of this area.
5. Lined with more bars than you can count, Duval Street is a mile long pub crawl.
6. Known as the Florida Straits, Key West’s coral reef extends 150 miles north towards Miami and 70 miles west to the Dry Tortugas. It’s the largest in North America and the third largest in the world behind Belize and the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.
7. The climate of the Florida Keys is classified as tropical. The weather is hot and humid from June to October and relatively drier and cooler from November to May. The Keys are the only frost-free place in Florida.
From the sandy beaches to the many bars of Duval Street, Key West makes a perfect vacation destination or a place to retire to take advantage of the year round tropical weather.