Mario Sanchez is considered one of the most significant Cuban American folk artists of the 20th Century. A Key West native, Sanchez worked with wood and paint, mostly creating bas relief carvings that reflect images of earlier times on the island that were never captured in photos. Today, his artworks hang in the Smithsonian in Washington D.C., as well as the Gallery on Greene in Key West.
Bahia Honda State Park is a popular day trip destination for those vacationing in Key West. Its pristine beaches, kayaking, and snorkeling activities attract thousands of visitors every year. Snorkeling the Looe Key coral reef is excellent for first timers, who can see stringrays, nurse sharks, and other marine life. The uninhabited island is also a great place to check out wildlife, which are Bahia Honda’s only residents.
Oyster season runs from September through April in Florida. Here’s a look at where to go for the best oysters while on vacation in Key West, whether you enjoy oysters steamed or raw. Enjoy fresh, local seafood at dozens of restaurants around town.
In 1978, the island’s then-mayor McCoy was inspired to make the 100+ mile journey because of a challenge from a local reporter and chance conversation with President Jimmy Carter. Thirty years later, famous long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad swam from Cuba to Key West. Here’s another aspect of what makes Key West known as “Key Weird.”