Take a Day Trip to Bahia Honda
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.
Best Raw Bars in Key West
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.
Key Weird: Conch Mayor Water Skis from Key West to Cuba
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.”
A Look at the Florida Coral Reef
The coral reef off the coast of the Florida Keys is the third-largest in the world and the only living reef in the continental United States. Each year, thousands of tourists visiting Key West snorkel the reef to swim with tropical fish and check out diverse coral species. Here’s a look at its diverse habitats, ways to visit it, and reef-friendly practices that will ensure its longevity.