I really enjoy visiting extreme points on the map and this is one of the big ones for me. Key West sits at the end of a breathtaking drive from the city of Miami along the Overseas Highway – Highway 1 – traversing the Florida Keys. Not far from Mile 0 – the end of the road – is the marker setting out the southernmost point of the continental USA, just 90 miles away from Cuba.
This was in fact a day trip in the Mustang rented in Miami (I’ll write more about this in the main Miami post), mainly to drive the Overseas Highway. Once parked up all of the exploring was done on foot.
There seems to be plenty to do and the activities include the famous Sunset Celebration in Mallory Square which is an interesting mix of nature at its best and lively entertainment.
There are of course many shops for tourists in the main street, all following a common theme on this particular day, welcoming passengers of the main cruise ship in town.
Everyone was really friendly, hospitable and helpful. I wouldn’t want to be here in hurricane season and I feel for the residents during that time, but on this warm January day I was certainly blown away by the people, views and things to do.
Naturally the visit included dining in the southernmost restaurant, looking at the southernmost house, and so on and so on. It ticked the boxes for me!