Key West, the Southernmost City in the continental United States, is the county seat of Monroe County. It’s also the southern terminus of U.S. 1, State Road A1A and the East Coast Greenway, lying some 129 miles southwest of Miami and just 81 nautical miles from Cuba. The Key West International Airport is served by six major commercial airlines and numerous charters.
Key West is a stop for many cruise ships.
There’s a ferry that runs daily trips (weather permitting) from Fort Myers Beach, and another that takes passengers to Dry Tortugas National Park, which has as its centerpiece a historic Civil War-era fort 70 miles out to sea. There are hotels and guesthouses at every price point. Points of historic interest include Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum, the Audubon House, the Mel Fisher Museum and the Key West Aquarium. Naval Air Station Key West is a key year-round training site for naval aviation because of its superb weather. It is also a reason the city was chosen as the Winter White House of President Harry S. Truman, making his former vacation home, the Truman White House, another must-see spot. The city’s official motto is “One Human Family.”