Well-known novelist Ernest Hemingway spent a lot of time in Key West in 1928 to 1939. While here, he worked on his most iconic works, including “A Farewell to Arms” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls.” Playwright Tennessee Williams began visiting the city in 1941 and eventually made it his home until he died in 1983. Key West is also no stranger to United States presidents, either. Harry Truman, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, and Jimmy Carter have all spent time here either during or after their time in office, earning Key West the nickname “The Winter White House.”
Adventure In and Out
The variety of outdoor activities in Key West will thrill and delight you. Dive into the depths of the Vandenberg Wreck, teeming with ocean life and the faint gleam of the past. Dry Tortugas National Park is one of the most popular outdoor attractions in Key West. After a brief ferry ride to the park, you can snorkel with the fish, swim, and tour the fort. If you are a bird lover, be sure to enter the wonders of Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden. You will see a spectacular show of dancing and talking parrots, and can take photos and hold these fine feathered friends.
Fine Food and Drink
In Key West, it is never a question of what is there to eat. You will find fantastic flavors from around the world here. Slide into a seat at the brightly decorated Paseo Restaurant for some of the best Caribbean food in Florida. Their fire-grilled corn melts in your mouth. Seafood choices abound because you are a breath away from the ocean, and few places know their seafood like Seven Fish. Try the fresh-from-the-water snapper of a bed of curried rice. Hot roast pork and cool tangy sangria is waiting at El Siboney Restaurant, a hidden gem for authentic Cuban food.