Culture in Key West
Without a doubt, the most popular island is Key West. Apart from its relaxed tropical climate that is so typical of the Keys, this island also has a city vibe. Lively Duval Street has dozens of clubs, bars and restaurants. Renting a bike is a great way to get a good overview of the island. Key West was once the home of writer Ernest Hemingway, who lived and worked on his books here from 1931 to 1939. His house on Whitehead Street is now a museum. The furnishings of the colonial building are the same as when Hemingway lived here. Sloppy Joe’s, the bar that was often frequented by the writer, is also worth a visit – even more so since Hemingway came up with the name of the bar, which was originally called the Silver Slipper.
A tarpon amidst a school of fish
It goes without saying that the Keys are fantastic for fishing. A fish that every fisherman wants to catch at least once in his or her lifetime is the tarpon. This incredibly strong fish lives in the waters around the Keys and can be caught all year round, but the greatest chance of success is from March to July. Lots of fishing boats leave from the island of Islamorada and Key West in particular. The guide knows exactly where to be to catch these monsters.
Rays of sunlight illuminate the coral
Colourful coral reefs
The Lower Keys are the least developed islands in the chain and are famous for their beautiful nature. These islands are particularly popular with snorkelers and divers. The gigantic Looe Key Reef is spectacular. The rock walls are covered with hard and soft coral, with brightly coloured tropical fish swimming all around. You can also wreck dive in the Lower Keys. The Adolphus Busch Sr. was sunk here in 1998. Now that it lies on the bottom of the sea, it is home to a huge variety of sea life.