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A mosaic of natural wonders in the southeastern United States, Florida showcases an array of landscapes, from sun-kissed beaches to lush marshlands teeming with wildlife. Its history, marked by the legacies of Native American tribes, Spanish conquistadors, and Caribbean influences, lends depth to its cultural tapestry.

The Florida Keys, a necklace of idyllic islands, has the true-blue crystal-clear waters you just can’t wait to dive into. Complete with colorful coral reefs and exotic fish species, this coast is an aquatic playground. Amidst the stunning scenery, visitors can explore historic sites like the colonial-era Fort Zachary Taylor, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum in Key West or the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg.

There’s so much to see and do in Florida, these are just a few places you may want to stop by while visiting on our Florida Gulf Coast & Keys Cruise and Grand Florida Coast & Keys Cruise

Florida Keys Beaches

Florida Keys beaches offer a serene escape with their powdery sands and crystalline waters, inviting travelers to unwind amidst breathtaking natural beauty. Whether seeking seclusion or vibrant beachside ambiance, options abound, from the secluded tranquility of Bahia Honda State Park to the lively atmosphere of Smathers Beach in Key West. For those craving adventure, Sombrero Beach in Marathon boasts shallow waters perfect for snorkeling, while Anne's Beach in Islamorada offers a picturesque setting for strolling along the shoreline or picnicking under swaying palm trees.

Hemingway Home and Museum

Here, the rooms are a vibrant tapestry of Old Floridian charm and timeless elegance. Each space is adorned with period furnishings, reflecting the eclectic tastes of the author and his family. Rich wooden accents, intricately carved furniture, and colorful rugs evoke a sense of warmth and sophistication, while the walls are adorned with vintage photographs and artwork that transport visitors back to Hemingway's era.

From the cozy sitting areas where the author penned his literary masterpieces to the sun-drenched verandas overlooking the blooming gardens, every corner exudes an atmosphere of literary inspiration and historical significance.

Yet, the true stars of the show are the whimsical six-toed cats, descendants of Hemingway's own feline companions, who playfully roam the premises, exuding the same whimsical charm that echoes the essence of Key West itself.

Mallory Square, Key West

Lined with entertainers that breathe fire, juggle knives, or show off their tightrope walking cats, this square buzzes with locals and visitors alike. Be amazed, not just by the live entertainment but the sun, melting into the Gulf of Mexico. As the reds and oranges begin to cool the night, the sweet smell of Key lime pie lingers just for you. 

Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory

Step into the captivating world of the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, where every corner reveals a kaleidoscope of vibrant colors and fluttering wings. Amidst the greenery and blooming flowers, you'll encounter an array of butterfly species, from the majestic Monarchs to the iridescent Blue Morphos, as they gracefully glide through the air. Be lucky enough to have one land right on your shoulder! Marvel at exotic birds, such as the brilliantly hued lorikeets, adding a symphony of chirps and tweets to the tropical ambiance, while serene ponds dotted with water lilies offer moments of tranquility amidst the lively fluttering activity.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Located 70 miles west of Key West, Dry Tortugas National Park is a remote paradise brimming with natural wonders and historical significance. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, the park encompasses seven small islands, including the historic Fort Jefferson, where visitors can explore its sprawling brick fortress and learn about its storied past as a Civil War-era military stronghold. With crystal-clear waters filled with vibrant marine life, pristine beaches, and unparalleled opportunities for snorkeling and diving, Dry Tortugas National Park offers an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the Gulf of Mexico.

Key West Lighthouse

Perched on Whitehead Street, the Key West Lighthouse stands as a historic beacon, guiding ships through the Florida Straits since its construction in 1825. Ascend its 88 steps to the top for panoramic views of the island and its surrounding turquoise waters, a testament to the lighthouse's crucial role in maritime navigation. Originally fueled by oil lamps and later electrified, this iconic landmark served as a vital lifeline for sailors until its decommissioning in 1969, now offering visitors a fascinating glimpse into Key West's seafaring past.

Southernmost Point of the Continental U.S.A.

The Southernmost Point in Key West, Florida, is an 18-foot-tall buoy which stands as a symbolic marker at the convergence of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean marking just 90 miles to Cuba.  Tourists flock to this iconic landmark, surrounded by panoramic ocean vistas, to capture breathtaking photos with this buoy that names Key West Home of the Sunset. 

Truman Little White House

This meticulously restored residence offers visitors a captivating glimpse into the intimate life and presidential legacy of Harry S. Truman. Originally built in 1890 as officers' quarters for the naval station, this historic gem served as Truman's favored winter retreat during his presidency, hosting pivotal meetings and shaping significant policies. Exploring its halls, guests step into the very rooms where Truman convened with world leaders, such as the Queen of England and Winston Churchill, illuminating the site's crucial role in shaping 20th-century history and offering a poignant insight into the private life of one of America's most influential leaders.

Fort East Martello Museum 

An imposing brick fortress dating back to the Civil War era, this museum stands sentinel on Key West's eastern shores, offering visitors a captivating journey through local history and culture. Within its sturdy walls, guests discover a trove of artifacts, including relics from shipwrecks, military memorabilia, and eerie exhibits on the island's supernatural folklore, such as the said-to-be-haunted Robert the Doll. As one of Key West's most iconic landmarks, the museum provides a unique opportunity to learn more about the island's past while experiencing unsettling mysterious and fascinating tales.

Key West Farmer’s Market

At the Key West Farmer’s Market, you'll find an array of vendors offering a diverse selection of locally sourced and handmade goods. Expect to discover stalls brimming with freshly harvested fruits and vegetables, artisanal cheeses, organic herbs, and homemade baked goods. You'll also encounter vendors selling gourmet foods such as jam, honey, olive oils, and freshly prepared snacks. Additionally, you might find stands offering ready-to-eat delights like Caribbean-inspired dishes, seafood specialties, and refreshing beverages crafted from tropical fruits.

Exploring Florida's diverse attractions, from the historic Hemingway Home and Museum to the tranquil beauty of Dry Tortugas National Park and the vibrant energy of Mallory Square, promises an unforgettable adventure. Whether marveling at the fluttering butterflies in Key West’s Conservatory or basking in the panoramic views from the top of the Key West Lighthouse, each experience offers a unique glimpse into the significance of Florida's cultural and natural heritage.

A cruise through Florida's enchanting coastal destinations provides the perfect opportunity to fully appreciate the state's captivating history, breathtaking landscapes, and unique communities, creating memories to last a lifetime. So, join us on a voyage to Florida's shores, where every port of call unveils a new chapter in the Sunshine State's boundless charm and allure.

Explore Florida Keys on our the Florida Gulf Coast & Keys and Grand Florida Gulf Coast & Keys cruises and extend your trip with our optional Pre-Cruise Packages.