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The Best of Key West

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Welcome to Key West – the southernmost tip of Florida and the United States. Last in the string of islands known simply as The Keys, Key West is a melting pot of nationalities, heritages, and unique lifestyles. Its history reaches back several centuries to the European "New World" explorers and has been influenced by everyone from celebrities and the wealthy to the fishermen making a simple living. Its style is unique – a blend of Spanish and Caribbean – old world and new – Hemingway and Buffet.

Key West blends relaxing tropical climate, beautiful sunsets, and rich history with an on-the-wild-side nightlife that is an experience of a lifetime. Close your eyes and imagine yourself kicking back in a hammock and sipping a margarita, then join us as we tour some of the best of Key West.

A Key Encounter

After browsing the shops of the downtown Clinton Square Market, you can rest your feet and take in A Key Encounter. Located on the second floor, this triple-screen movie presentation presents the part of the Keys that few visitors experience.

Set the stage for your exploration of the islands as you scuba dive the reefs without getting wet! See unforgettable footage of many different Florida Keys fish including Sharks, Dolphins, Rays, and Eels. Also see the rare Key Deer and other wildlife. All this and more in a beautiful presentation set to music.

In addition, a "jungle walk" with live exotic birds and animatronic creatures to add a little non-threatening life to the jungle and a few surprises such as the "infinity tunnel" multi-media presentation make this a unique and educational attraction.

A Key Encounter is located on the upper level of the Clinton Square Market Mall, 291 Front Street, Key West. Shows are on demand seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is now FREE. Spanish and German narration also now available. Call (305)292-2070 for further information. | Photo |

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Mel Fisher, one of the earliest pioneers in the dive industry, discovered some of the greatest treasure – underwater. Travel through time, into the world of shipwreck archaeology, as you explore the underwater artifacts and treasure from the late fifteenth to mid-eighteenth centuries.

View hundreds of items from the "New World" era of exploration by Europeans – shipwrecked and lost in the deep waters off of Florida. Learn of the early colonization of the Americas and the effect it had at the time on the native inhabitants of the Americas.

You can view many of the artifacts and treasures online, or visit for a hands-on experience. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is located at 200 Greene Street, Key West. The Museum is open 365 days a year. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or Saturday, Sunday and holidays, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. Admission is $12.00 adults, $10.50 students, $6.00 for children. Call (350)294-2633 for further information. | Photo |

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