Key West Stories and Tips

First Look at Key West

Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Photo, Key West, Florida

A tiny, only 2-by-4-mile island, Key West is simple to explore. As you enter town on U.S. 1 (also called Roosevelt Blvd.), you will see most of the moderately priced chain hotels and fast-food restaurants. The better shops and restaurants (and more expensive) are located in the Duval Street area. In Pre-Columbian times the island was inhabited by the Calusa people. The Spanish name for this island is Cayo Hueso, meaning "island of bones". The ominous name was given by Spanish explorers that found the skeletal remains of Indians when they discovered the island. Later the name was changed to Key West – sounds similar but much nicer, isn’t it? And Duval street, the island's main street, was named after Florida's first territorial Governor who served between 1822 and 1834, the longest serving Governor in Florida's U.S. history.

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