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Key West
United States of America

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.

Useful Information

Language

English

Currency

USD
US dollar

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Time difference

UTC: -5

from New York: None

from San Francisco: +2h

from London: -5h

Tips

A 15% tip will be appreciated in restaurants and taxis.

Weather
°C °F

MonthTemperature (Celcius)Temperature (Fahrenheit)Precipitations
Minimum
Average
Maximum
(mminch)
January
18 64
21 70
24 75
512.00
February
19 66
21 70
24 75
482.00
March
21 70
23 73
26 79
431.75
April
22 72
25 77
28 82
441.75
May
25 77
27 81
30 86
883.50
June
26 79
28 82
31 88
1295.00
July
26 79
29 84
32 90
923.50
August
26 79
29 84
32 90
1285.00
September
26 79
28 82
31 88
1495.75
October
24 75
27 81
29 84
1124.50
November
22 72
24 75
27 81
722.75
December
19 66
22 72
25 77
512.00

Where is locate the Key West Port

Cruise ships usually dock at Pier "B" in the centre of the historic city or at the naval base wharf near Fort Taylor. If you dock at the naval port, a 10-minute shuttle bus will take you to the centre of the city.

Travelling around the port of Key West

Key West is very flat and easy to walk around.

A free Duval loop bus service also runs through the centre of the city, allowing you to get around easily.

Other ports in the area

Activities in Key West

Historical sites

This fort, named in honour of the general who began its construction, is located in a national park. There is a fee to access the park. A guided tour takes place at 11am. You’ll also find one of Key West’s few beaches.

The building originally housed customs, the post office and the district court. It was there that the investigation into the explosion of the USS Maine in the port of Havana in 1898 was conducted. This was the trigger for the war with the Spaniards. The museum now presents exhibitions on the history, art and people of the region.

This Spanish style house was built in 1851. The author has written many novels and short stories. About 40 cats roam the house.

This house was the winter resident of President Truman between 1946 and 1952.

Landmarks

Presents the maritime history and former lighthouse keepers. The first person to have been the Lighthouse’s keeper was a woman.

The southernst point of the United States

The southernst point of the United States is located at the corner of South and Whitehead streets. You will notice that the fort is located even further south. The embankment from dredging canals for access to the port connected the fort to the city.

Mile 0 sign on US1

The Mile 0 sign on US1 Is located at the corner of Whitehead and Fleming Streets. This road connects the state of Maine and Florida through the major cities on the east coast of the United States.

Museums

A pool of crabs and starfish that you can touch.

Present a collection of treasures from Arocha’s Nuestra Senora, which failed at Key West in the 17th century.

Activities

An exhibition will allow you to learn more about butterflies and a visit to the greenhouse will give you the opportunity to admire more than 50 species of butterflies in the wild.

Excursions in Key West

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