Love him or hate him, Jimmy Buffett knows what living is all about. Beaches, breezes and living the good life. The best place in all of the United States to get away year-round and enjoy sandy beaches, clear waters and water sports is none other than the place that Jimmy Buffett sings about in most of his songs: Key West, Florida.
Getting to Key West is a journey in itself! When you’re driving South all the way through Florida and you think you’ve come to the end of the world, you keep going. It’s approximately 160 miles from Miami and once you leave the mainland, you’ll be driving on the interstate over islands and water the whole way! It’s really a sight to see and a marvel of engineering.
Here are some interesting facts about Key West:
- Is the southernmost point of the contiguous 48 States
- At it’s closest point, is only 94 miles away from Cuba
- Serves as one of the most popular Spring Break destinations
- Has a total area of 7.4 square miles
There’s a reason Key West is such a popular Spring Break destination. It offers clean white sand beaches, some of the clearest waters you’ll ever swim in and an average year-round temperature of 77 degrees! That means during the Winter, when you’re tired of shoveling snow and staying inside, you can book it to Key West and step out in shorts and sandals and onto a beach. But there’s more to do than just sit on the beach and enjoy the sun (although I wouldn’t fault you for doing just that). Just about every possible water activity you can think of is available for you and your family. Water skiing, parasailing, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, SCUBA diving and more are all at your disposal and waiting for you to take the plunge.
While you’re in Key West, you’ll have to take a stroll down historic Duval Street for some of the best seafood you’ve ever tasted. You can hop in to Blue Heaven for some family-friendly dining or take a peek inside Margaritaville, the restaurant started by the ambassador for easy living, Jimmy Buffett.
Once you’ve filled up on some fine dining, it’s time to take a look at some of the more interesting attractions that Key West has to offer. You can tour the house where Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most famous novels in or take in the sights of the Key West Aquarium which houses an exciting jellyfish exhibit.
As you probably figured out, with their 7.4 square miles of space, RV space is hard to come by, but there are a few resorts that can accommodate your house on wheels and Key West is actually pretty RV friendly. Check out the Bluewater Key RV Resort and El Mar RV Resort both of them offer full hookups along with beach-front property and amazing, scenic views of the ocean and the sunset.
Next time you’re wondering where you want to take your RV out to create some everlasting memories with your family, consider Key West, Florida. It’s worth the trip, for sure.
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