Florida Keys Attractions
by Chad Bumb
Florida Keys comprise a group of tropical islands that extend 120miles from the southern end of the State of Florida in the U.S. They are located between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The islands in the Florida Keys are a major destination for boating, snorkeling, fishing, and scuba diving.
Ernest Hemingway’s House
The Keys are replete with history and historical places like Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West. The Ernest Hemingway house is also a great attraction. A museum helps you get the feel of the great author’s home. Take in the Spanish Colonial Architecture as you make your way through Keys. Besides the house’s Spanish-style beauty, its main attractions are its polydactyl cats, the Murano glass chandelier in the dining room, Hemingway’s library and studio on the second floor. It is a two-story house that was one of the first on Key West to have both a swimming pool and indoor plumbing. It’s also the place where Hemingway wrote the novel To Have and Have Not and the short story “The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber.”
Southernmost Point Buoy
Also found in Key West is the Southernmost Point Buoy. It is not in the water where a person would expect a buoy, but installed at the intersection of South and Whitehead Streets. This red, black and yellow object marks the continental United States’ southernmost point and is 94 miles north of Cuba. Made of concrete, the buoy was set up to replace signs that used to mark the spot. The signs were constantly being stolen.This colorful landmark is located in the southernmost parts of the U.S. Enjoy the spectacular sunsets as you relax in the waterfront Tiki bar and restaurants. However, be prepared to queue, as the Southernmost Point BuoySnappers Key Largo is always crowded. Take some photos from this spectacular point to keep as a reminder of your holiday here. If you want to avoid the long lines, it is best to visit this landmark early in the day; else, you need to have a lot of patience as you wait in line.