Posted by:Keywester, 01:39 PM GMT del 08 Maggio 2012
•Key West was once the home of Pulitzer Prize winner Ernest Hemingway. Interesting fact: Nine other Pulitzer Prize winners also lived on Key West. •Key West in the closest point in the continental U.S. to the equator, only 1,700 miles away. •Key West's coral reef is the largest coral reef in North America and the third largest in the world. It also happens to be one of the most fun! •The reef is seven miles off the coast of Key West. It runs 160 miles, from Key Biscayne to the Dry Tortugas. •The sand on the beaches of Key West was actually shipped from the Caribbean and is not native to the beaches.
•Key West is a bird-lovers paradise; the entire island is a bird sanctuary and the home of many endangered bird species. Don't forget your binoculars and your bird book! •Key West, nestled at the southernmost point in the U.S. was actually a Yankee territory during the U.S. Civil War. You'll find three Civil War forts on the island. •Key Lime Pie is yellow. •Cell phones do work in Key West. •The island is entirely surrounded by water. •There are 42 bridges connecting Key West to the mainland. •The sun sets on one side of the island once a day. •Lobsters in Key West are actually saltwater Crawfish. •Famous People who have lived in Key West include Earnest Hemingway, Harry Truman, Jimmy Buffett, Winslow Homer, James Audubon, Tennessee Williams, Kelly McGillis, Mel Fisher and Ralph Lauren. •Major Motion Pictures filmed in Key West include Operation Petticoat, The Rose Tattoo, Reap the Wild Wind, PT 109, Beneath the 12 Mile Reef, License to Kill and Running Scared. •Cuban cigars are not sold in Key West. You will, however, find Cubans in Key West who roll cigars. •Nearest Wal-Mart is in Florida City, 126.5 miles north of Key West. •Most buildings are required to have tin roofs. •Even on the clearest day you cannot see Cuba from Key West. •Key West is not the westernmost Key. There are more than 40 miles of Keys to the west before you get to the Dry Tortugas. •U.S. Highway 1 runs the length of the United States from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, a distance of 2,209 miles. •There are 800 Keys. Approximately 30 are inhabited by people, the rest are animal sanctuaries. •The highest elevation in Key West is 18 feet above sea level. •The record high in Key West was 97° in 1880, and the record low was 41°, in 1981. ◦The average daily temperature in Key West is 77°. ◦Key West is the only frost-free city in the Continental United States.