At the end of the road, like a tropical island version of Oz , lies the inimitable Key West (lots of lizards, no wizards). Forget all the rules when you enter this world of street performers, artists, pavement cafes, funky saloons, historic B&Bs and a sunset celebration second to none. Historically, one of Florida’s oldest ports and metropolises, it is in many ways mired in the past.
Attractions remember Ernest Hemingway’s residence here, visits by Harry Truman, and the island’s shipwrecking era, cigar-making days and military importance. The Key West Aquarium was Florida’s first of its kind. It sits along the waterfront among a sponge market, raw bars and resorts. It’s the place to come at sunset, when throngs witness every form of entertainment from pet iguanas to fire-eaters. This is a small taste of the Key West party scene. For the full force, visit during Halloween when Fantasy Fest turns the streets upside down.