The island of Key West is located at the Southern border of US Route 1 and it is the most Southern city of the USA. It is about 4 miles long, 1 mile wide, and about 4.2 square miles only. The island is famous for its nightlife, which is mostly located on Duval Street but also for its beaches and the beautiful surrounding waters of the Florida Keys. It takes about 3 hours to reach Key West from Miami in order to cover the distance of 160 miles.
The Island has its own airport as well as many marinas were the boat and fishing charters leave from. It is also a major naval station for the US Navy and US air force.
The Island has been in hands of the Spanish and British before 1821 when it became part of the USA. It was very isolated until 1912 when the overseas railway extension was completed and connected Key West to the mainland.
One of the most famous inhabitants of Key West was Ernest Hemmingway who lived here during the 1920’s.