Key West Information

Key West is located at 24°33'33"N, 81°47'03"W (24.559166, -81.784031). The highest point on the island is a one acre area known as Solares Hill which has an elevation of about 18 feet/6 meters above sea level. Key West Island is about 4 miles/6 kilometers long and 2 miles/3 kilometers wide; since the late 20th century it has been artificially expanded to the east.
The city has a total area of 7.4 square miles/19.2 square kilometers.

 

Many visitors rent a bicycle and explore the history and architecture of Old Town Key West. Walking tours, including a tour of the unusual Key West Cemetery, are available. The Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square is a daily spectacle for visitors and residents. Boat excursions and tours provide a great way to view Key West from the water. The Duval Street bar and restaurant district includes many different entertainment options, all within walking distance of each other. The Tennessee Williams Theatre is a performing arts center, a civic center, and a community center. The Key West Botanical Forest and Garden is an excellent, frost-free arboretum and botanical garden containing a number of "champion tree" specimens. Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden is a one acre (4,000 m²) garden resembling a lush, predominantly green, rainforest. It is an exhibit of wild nature’s artistry in a woodland garden. The Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory features a 5,000 square foot (460 m²) glass-domed tropical butterfly habitat. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum showcases gold, silver, and treasure recovered from shipwrecks around the world. Some tourists mingle with the locals, shop, and dine at the Key West Historic Seaport at the Key West Bight. The Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum preserves the history of the Key West Lighthouse built in 1847. Nobel Prize-winning author Ernest Hemingway's former home is now open to the public as a museum, populated by as many as sixty descendants of his famous polydactyl cats. PrideFest is seven days of events, presented by the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Key West the first week in June. The schedule includes the Pride Follies talent extravaganza; contests to select a Mr., Ms. and Miss PrideFest; parties, a tea dance; and the PrideFest Parade down Duval Street. Key West was the first American city to openly recruit gay tourists.