We’ve dedicated a LOT of blog inches to the awesome South Beach area of Miami – but what if you’ve spent the first part of your vacation in SoBe and want to use it as a jumping off point for Key West in the tropical Florida keys? Great idea! And we’ve got some cool recommendations for things you can do while staying at the southernmost point of the United States!
[P.S. Our South Beach apartments are so affordable that you can rent one as a base, travel Florida for a few days, then come back to your “second home”!]
The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
This Key West attraction is hugely popular, and offers an insight in to the life of the famous author Ernest Hemingway. See items that he used to own, and explore his home – now turned in to a museum. The author lived and wrote here for more than 10 years – quirky fact: the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is home to around sixty cats, all of which are successors of the author’s cats!
Key West Cemetery
The Key West Cemetery is located on the highest point of the island as it was moved after a 1846 hurricane that washed several corpses out of their graves. This creepy burial ground has about 60,000 to 100,000 above-ground tombs and statues that are pretty fascinating to wander around, if you’re a history lover (or just a little macabre).
Seriously, who doesn’t love dolphins?! So just give in, and book one of the many great Key West boat trips. You can go dolphin spotting, snorkelling, and swimming with fish, sea turtles, starfish, and rays in their natural habitat. As a bonus, it’s a really relaxing way to spend an afternoon and many tours have drinks and snacks included
Key West Aquarium
Get up close and personal with sharks and other aquatic animals at Key West Aquarium. Built in 1935, the Aquarium stands as one of the top Key West Florida attractions and is home to sharks, turtles, stingrays, tropical and other various fish native to Key West. This place is a sure entertainer for kids and adults alike
Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum
Love the weird, odd and wonderful? Then you’ll love visiting this Key West attraction. Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum in Key West Florida features 10,000 feet of the most bizarre and unusual exhibits that are unbelievably believable!
Key West Boardwalk
Key West Boardwalk is a must visit attraction of this much-loved island. It is also one of the best places to view the sunset and Key West claims to have one of the best sunsets in America. On a busy day you’ll stroll past street performers, trained cats, fire eaters, and sword swallowers- not bad for a free vacation attraction.