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Gracing the southernmost point of the Sunshine State, Key West looks out towards its nearby Caribbean neighbour of Cuba from a sublime location at the tip of the Florida Keys archipelago. Humorously referred to as The Conch Republic, this island city is a heavenly oasis coloured by candy-hued architecture, sun-blessed locals, and an impressive literary legacy. Discover world-class diving sites beneath its crystal-clear waters and embrace a truly tropical escape not so far from home.

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Find out about one of Key West's most famous former inhabitants at The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, stroll down Duval Street for exciting restaurants and bars and make your way to the waterfront Mallory Square. Other things to do in Key West? Check out the Southernmost Point of the Continental US and Fort Zachary Taylor! Don't miss a dip off Smathers Beach or the beaches of John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park.

KEY WEST TRAVEL GUIDE

Duval Street
DESTINATION FACTS

LANGUAGE

English

WHAT TO EAT

Anything with conch (especially conch chowder or fritters!), Key lime pie, Key West pink shrimp, stone crabs, spiny lobster, classic, authentic Cuban dishes like ropa vieja, a fresh-caught fish sandwich and tons of fresh fruit.

WHAT TO BRING BACK

Rum from the Key West First Legal Distillery, a sea sponge from the Key West Sponge Market, Cuban coffee, Key West cigars, handmade Kino sandals, books from The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, island-themed jewellery and an official passport from The Conch Republic.

FUN FACT

“We Seceded Where Others Failed!” is the official mantra of the Conch Republic, the unofficial name given to Key West by Mayor Dennis Wardlow in 1982. Their “independence” was declared in retaliation for the United States Border Patrol Blockade of the Florida Keys, which was attempting to stop illegal immigration. The event is highlighted every year with the Key West's Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a multi-day festival of quirky events showcasing the island’s unique character and culture!

IMPORTANT INFO

For more information on all necessary travel documents, visa, taxes and more, check Air Canada’s Travel Requirements page and the Government of Canada’s Travel and Tourism website.