Key West

Fun, funky and laid-back, Key West is an enthralling port of call that boasts excitement around every corner. Not only is Key West a fascinating destination for passengers arriving aboard a cruise, it comes with the added benefit of an exceptional climate for guests looking to soak up the blissful sunshine. With a fantastic atmosphere and completely laid back attitude, Key West is simply the best place to relax and enjoy the stunning surroundings. 

History and Legends

Key West is extremely popular with cruising and this destination continues to raise its game year upon year. Not only does this destination possess a spectacular array of entertainment features, Key West also acknowledges its past and rich historical presence. The historical sights here include exploring the impressive Spanish Colonial home of Ernest Hemingway, which has now been transformed into a museum. The house is a great point of interest for any passenger arriving here, especially those with an interest in literature. The history tour continues on with a venture to Curry Mansion, once home to William Curry who was the first ever millionaire in Florida, earning his vast fortune as a salvager. Another famous house to see is Audubon House. This masterfully restored home boasts an abundance of European furnishings believed primarily to have come from shipwrecks in the region over the years. The mansion combines perfectly with the 1 acre gardens that nestle in the backdrop of the tropical scenery. Perhaps the greatest home to view, however, for its charm and moments in history is Truman’s Little White House. Three Presidents including Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy all spent time here to get away from the heavy duties and pressures of their demanding schedules. The house opens its doors to visitors and guests all year-round so guests can discover some intriguing secrets of its past whilst roaming the hallways. 

Laid-back Locals

Most of all this exciting destination is all about fun and having a great time. Anything goes in Key West so be prepared to unwind and enjoy the ambience. The centre is vibrant and exudes style but one of the great perks for cruise passengers arriving here is that all the major attractions are very close by to each other. The centre is relatively small and very easy to navigate but still with plenty to see. Live music is fantastic here with so many bars for you to choose from, the choices are endless. The shopping opportunities are also brilliant, especially for finding that ideal unique souvenir to take home. For dining, be sure to enjoy one of the many amazing restaurants that line the central areas as well as the delightful waterfront serving up some of the best steak and seafood around. For the ultimate entertainment, head for Duval Street, the main social hub of the area whilst Bahamian Quarter portrays the more traditional side of Key West. It may not have the modern atmosphere of other areas but Bahamian Quarter still oozes style and heritage from the creation of settlements here from both Cuba and of course, due to its name, the Bahamas.

The ‘Duval Crawl’

If you’re looking to let your hair down and enjoy the festive atmosphere of Key West, opt to either stroll into town yourself or join a guided excursion and wander to the famous bars on Duval Street. The Lazy Gecko Island Bar is often top of the list, as is the Flying Monkey Saloon, but be sure not to miss Rick’s Bar, a legendary venue in Key West. Don’t leave without trying the Caribbean Breeze at Rick’s Bar, but only if you can handle the challenge. Key West is full of funky and vibrant bar haunts that all serve up a great range of cocktails, beers and martinis for all to try.

Welcome to the captivating world of Key West; beautiful, eccentric, vibrant and above all extravagant. This spectacular port of call is a great destination to visit when sailing out to the Caribbean.

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