Things to Do In Key West
Key West Travel Guide
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Six of Key West's most unique features and characteristics.Weather
Key West has one of the most notoriously mild climates in the country, with locals even claiming that the area has never experienced a single frost. The area has distinct wet and dry seasons, with rain falling most days through the wet season (May through October.) During the summer, the air can be quite humid, but temperatures rarely break 90 degrees.Festivals
Chances are, there’s some form of parade or celebration going on in Key West. Fantasy Fest kicks off in October when nearly 100,000 people attend the annual street party. The crowd dresses in the most outrageous costumes and a king and queen are crowned. The Key West Food and Wine Festival, held in January, has the city's best venues and chefs offering up tastings and samples all over the city, and it also offers a number of educational seminars. Lobsterfest, in August, is another food-themed festival with a more specific focus on, obviously, the lobster. There are also a number of notable gay and lesbian parades and festivals held throughout the year including Pridefest, which is held in June.Notable Residents
Key West has been beloved by a number of iconic figures over time. According to popular legend, Ernest Hemingway wrote A Farewell to...
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About Key West
Even before visiting, most people have an image of Key West. Some picture Jimmy Buffet crooning about lazy days on the water, others envision Hemingway crouched over a typewriter. Still others picture throngs of Spring Break revelers. In truth, Key West is all of these and more. About 25,000 conchs — as the locals are known — live here year round. The next largest are the seasonal residents who stay for up to six months at a time. These are the two groups to thank for Key West's lively arts and entertainment scene including a world-class symphony orchestra and several theater companies. This is artsy, laid-back Key West. It is the tourists who give the island its liveliness. Intoxicated by margaritas and sunsets that the natives take for granted, the casual visitor to Key West inevitably embraces the city with a contagious joie de vivre.