The Dry Tortugas & Fort Jefferson
An island escape rich with history
Although it takes some planning to get to this beautiful island, it is worth it! The Dry Tortugas is a national park, and on this land you can also find Fort Jefferson, which is a massive but unfinished coastal fortress, composed of over 16 million bricks! After Spain sold Florida to the US in 1825 for $5 million, the navy investigated the surrounding area, trying to find the most-strategically located place to build a fortress in hopes of reducing the number of pirates that come raiding!
Considered the “main drag” of Key West, Duval Street is the perfect place to go for a real feel for the island vibes that make Key West what it is. Picture colorful architecture, live music, quaint shops, and plenty of restaurants with fresh seafood.
Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum
Incubator for 75% of his works
For 10 years, Ernest Hemingway called this his home. Today, it’s a museum where you can take a guided tour to learn more about his life, as well as the world famous poly dactyl (6-toed) cats! This is not only a national historic & literary landmark, but it is also recognized by the Library of Congress for it's importance in U.S. History.
On the north end of Duval Street, you’ll find Mallory Square, which is always buzzing with life. Whether you take a moment to observe the street performers, or happen to stumble the sponge market, there’s bound to be something for everyone here!