When you’re ready for the perfect getaway, you’re ready for Key West. It is only four miles long and one mile wide but is one of the most beautiful and interesting places on Earth. The aqua blue waters of both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico surround you. White sandy beaches line its coast. Amazing animal life abounds above, on and below the land. Its history is colorful, and the cultural influences here are diverse. Activities range from laid back to all-out. In Key West, land and seas meet to create a virtual paradise for everyone who visits.


1. You Can Walk Down Duval Street

Duval Street is a great place to begin your Key West adventure. You can walk, bike or ride along the 1.1 mile, tourist-friendly street. It is a great place to see the cultural diversity that makes Key West so interesting. The shops and boutiques carry a wide selection of eclectic clothes, art, and souvenirs. Cafes boast the aroma of rich Cuban coffee, and Cuban cigar shops are plentiful. Victorian mansions painted in pastel colors line both sides of Duval Street. You can easily see the influence Bahamian and Spanish culture had on their architecture and design. Stop anywhere along the way for food, drink and plenty of people-watching. Also, make sure to try a key lime pie, the signature treat of this amazing city.

Duval Street, Key West Lisa-Blue / Getty Images

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