We invite you to explore our diving, fishing, wildlife and Key West picture galleries for a sample of the fun and adventure that awaits you!
Our incredible underwater world is waiting for you to discover! From deep water wrecks to exploring the third largest, living barrier reef just a few miles offshore, Key West has diving and snorkeling adventures for all ages and skill levels!
Key West offers some of the best and diverse fisheries in the world! Search the pristine shallow water of the Florida Back Country for some very unique and aggressive sport fish. Head out near-shore to the coral reefs to target a plethora of species found only in Caribbean waters. Then head off-shore in search of blue water and your chance at a sea monster! No matter what your bucket list fish is, Key West is the place to check it off!
Visitors from around the globe are drawn to Key West for its laid-back island vibe and sundrenched hospitality! Bury your toes in the sand at one of our beaches, enjoy delicious island cuisine, shop for envious relatives back home, or party the night away on Duval Street. A not-to-be-missed event is our nightly sunset celebration at Mallory Square. Enjoy dozens of magicians, jugglers, local musicians, artists, and vendors and watch a world famous Key West sunset as the sun sinks below the horizon in Key West Harbor.
The Florida Keys is home to the Key West National Wildlife Refuge, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and the National Key Deer Refuge, and few places in the U.S. offer such a wide range of unusual and fascinating creatures including dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, tarpon, key deer, osprey, great white herons, iguanas, and even butterflies and chickens!
Key West is rich in history and culture. Originally inhabited by Calusa Indians, the first European explorer to visit the Keys was Ponce de Leon in 1512. He named the island "Cayo Hueso", which means "Bone Island". Our island's magic went on to lure pirates, wreckers, artists, writers, sailors, and many other fascinating characters. Due to a booming wrecking, salvaging and turtling industry in the mid-1800's, Key West became the richest city per capita in the United States! Key West also served as an important naval asset to the U.S. during the Civil War.
There are many interesting places to visit and learn more about Key West's unique history including the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, the Shipwreck Museum, and the Historic Seaport.