The port of Key West in Florida is considered the southernst point of the United States. It’s a very popular port in western Caribbean cruise routes.
This area was prosperous thanks to the maritime rescue industry, as many ships were stranded on its reefs. After rescuing the crews, the rescuers retrieved the goods and kept some of them as a reward.
This area was also a naval defence hotspot. Its strategic position near the Gulf of Mexico and its deep-water port are undeniable assets. There is still a naval base of the Navy and one can visit Fort Taylor to learn more about the role that the region played in the American Civil War and the defense of the United States in the war with the Spanish.
There are few beaches in Key West, but the reefs will appeal to diving enthusiasts. The city is bustling and many shops, bars and restaurants can be found in the historic centre and on Duval Street.