Nestled on the edge of Florida, Key West is at the southern most tip of the United States. It is about a 3 1/2 hour scenic drive from Miami, Fl. Visitors can also fly into our very own Key West International Airport where carriers such as American Airlines, US Air, Delta, Cape Air, or Private Charters that have daily flights arriving in Key West directly from major cities. Key West Express sails everyday between Fort Myers and Key West.
A city rich in history, Key West is also proud of its incredible diversity which is made of Cuban, Bahamian, Spanish, and Eastern European cultures, as well as our tropical island lovers from all over the US. Pirates were the first to find a haven on the island. After the arrival of the Navy, scavengers and treasure hunters followed the pirates, each profiting from shipwrecks caused by the island’s surrounding reefs. Isolated from the mainland for many years, the city was self-sufficient, and became it’s own Conch Republic after an argument with the US concerning border patrol. The community continued to grow making room for all types and trades. The charming character of the city’s historic homes reflects the various Caribbean influences of the region and its settlers. It continues to develop and prosper as a united community.
Citizens of Key West live by the motto that we are “One Human Family“.
Key West is additionally perfectly situated to provide visitors the chance to experience the wonders of a living coral reef while snorkeling or diving, as well as the adventure of deep sea fishing. For avid divers, reserve your chance to explore the USNS Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, a sunken ship which has turned into another fantastic reef off the keys.
Simply strolling or biking through the scenic historic district surrounding Alexander’s Guesthouse will both relax the spirit and enchant the senses. Rent a bicycle, pick up a picnic lunch and take a 10 minute bike ride out to Fort Zachary Taylor Beach for a swim in it’s refreshing, healing waters. Did you know that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, discovered the therapeutic qualities of seawater by noticing the healing effects it had on the injured hands of fishermen? It is now known that sea salt therapy rejuvenates cells and also induces a healthy exchange of minerals and toxins within the body.
Alexander’s is located only a few blocks from the city’s famous Duval Street, a short walk will take guests to the hottest LGBT night spots in Key West’s “Pink Triangle”. Guests sometimes ask “Is Key West as Gay as it once was?”. Absolutely! Residents of Key West continue to generate specifically LGBT activities and nurture our ever present LGBT community all year long, not just seasonally! Key West citizens realize that while we live in a very open, supportive, non-segregated community, not all visitors enjoy the same luxury in their hometowns and may still find it more enjoyable in venues, activities and events created especially for the LGBT community. Our PRIDE is alive and well here! We are having so much fun in Key West everyone wants to join in.
Many businesses all over Key West are gay owned and operated. Famous historical gay venues such as La Te Da, 801 Bar, Bourbon Pub and Aqua have been open for years! Every New Year’s Eve, Sushi, our most famous of Drag Queens, leads the countdown while being lowered in a Giant Red High Heel Shoe and is broadcast live on CNN. The Sunday Tea Dance downtown is still a great way to spend an afternoon with visitors and locals. Gay Bingo also takes place every Sunday hosted by the latest and greatest head Drag Queen at 801. Key West’s celebrates our Rainbow Pride throughout the year with events such as Pridefest in June, Womenfest in September, Tropical Heat for Men in August and Bearfest in September. Bone Island Bare It All Weekends rev up the temperature in July and December. Gay Spring Break is one of the latest events created recently, which welcomes the younger traveler. Visitors can also enjoy specialty snorkel and sunset cruises just for gays and lesbians which run daily.
We have a wonderful local organization called The Gay and Lesbian Business Guild who’s mission is to support gay-owned, gay-managed, and gay-friendly businesses in Key West and to strengthen the gay community’s position within the local community by supporting relevant LGBT issues. To find out more about what’s happening in Gay Key West, just follow the link.
A retreat for past luminaries such as Tennessee Williams, Ernest Hemingway, John James Audubon, and Thomas Edison, Key West’s contemporary cultural panorama remains as vital as ever and features events ranging from formal to free-and-easy. Visitors can savor the Symphony, the Opera or take in a show at one of our local theaters, Red Barn Theater or Waterfront Playhouse.
Key West also offers abundant shopping, dining, and nightlife opportunities. Just check with our front desk concierges and they will be happy to share with you our secret local favorites.
Key West retains a delightfully offbeat texture, visitors and residents alike embrace the unassuming spirit of community fostered by the city’s culture and natural environment. Take a stroll along Fleming Street in the afternoon and see many lazily taking in the afternoon in a rocking chair on their front porch. Just after our poolside Happy Hour, walk up to Alexander’s rooftop and catch a little of the sunset as it melts the sky into oranges and reds… Stunning, breezy and relaxing, especially with a glass of your favorite wine or tropical ice tea.
Key West is a warm, friendly, dreamy little island in the Caribbean, always here when you are ready to visit. Your vacation is waiting for you.
See you Soon in the Sun!