Key West is a city and an island located near the southernmost point of the Florida Keys in Monroe County, Florida. Key West City offers a mix of cultural influences and colorful history of the island, full of stories of poverty and prosperity, death and rebirth. The first economic attempts in the area involved fishing and saving goods from the ships wrecked in shallow waters.
Today the island is highly commercialized, and if you want to feel the “smell” of the beginnings of Key West you have to visit the art galleries or restaurants in Bahama Village. Fortunately there are many places in Key West with a relaxed atmosphere and we recommend that you venture into places that are not on the tourist routes to discover. The downtown area is a haven for ones that like parties, with good restaurants, bars, musicals and lots of shopping centers.
Key West’s architecture is predominantly Caribbean, with many houses built of coral stone or parts of shipwrecks. The food is typical Afro-Caribbean and Spanish. Key West, Florida is famous for the sunsets that attract visitors from all over America. Several writers have settled here, including Ernest Hemingway, Robert Frost and Tennessee Williams.
Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Hemingway is one of the first writers to live in Key West, Florida. He bought here a house in Spanish colonial style in 1931 and lived there until 1940. The house has a tropical garden and a swimming pool with salt water. Successors of Hemingway’s cats still live in the house. Hemnigway wrote here several novels, including “Farewell to Arms”, “Death in the afternoon” and “For Whom the Bell Tolls. “
Key West AIDS Memorial
There were over one thousand victims of this disease in Key West, Florida. Some names are inscribed in the memorial near the White Street Pier. It is included in the alley near the ocean and made of granite. The memorial was in 1997 in the World AIDS Day, at that time being 730 names engraved. Every year, at a ceremony, other names are added to the list.