The islands to the south of Miami were once underwater coral reefs, and they're still recognized for their marine life today. Linked to Miami by a precarious island-hopping 135-mile (216km) highway, the string of islands ends at Key West, the land of Hemingway, sunset celebrations and Key Lime Pie.
Key West's reputation as a tropical paradise with gorgeous sunsets and sultry nightlife is well-earned. It's overrun by tourists, but if you look carefully you'll find fleeting images of the Key West of the past in the narrow side streets, although Hemingway's Key West is several decades gone.
Facts for the traveller
Off the beaten track