Key West | Part 1 of 3

Pink skies? Turquoise waters? Golden sunsets? Yes, please!
In this series: Key West Part 1 of 3Key West Part 2 of 3, & Swimming with the Dolphins in The Keys | Part 3 of 3

Check out the film trailer of our Key West experience…

My cousin, Sabine from Vienna, came to Florida to visit us for three weeks, and had quite the exciting itinerary jam packed from The Keys to Disney. It was nice to see my home-state through the eyes of a foreigner.

Our itinerary:
 * Swimming with Dolphins
 * Conch Tour Train
 * Historic Old Town
* The Southernmost Point
* Key West sunset
Glass-Bottom Boat Sunset Cruise
Haunted Trolley Tour
* Good food

As soon as she arrived at the airport in Miami, we drove to Key West and then hunkered down in the hotel. The next morning, we hopped on the Conch Tour Train which provides access to all of the sites, and one can hop on and off as they please. We listened to the history of The Keys. Legend has it that The Keys derives its name from: Cayo Hueso ~ the original Spanish name for the island of Key West. It literally means “bone key” and were islands littered with the remains (bones) of prior native inhabitants, who used the isle as a communal graveyard, or that the island was the westernmost Key with a reliable supply of water. Then, we were introduced to the rules of residency and visitation titles that are assigned by Conch types…  Many of the residents of Key West were immigrants for the Bahamas, known as Conchs,  (pronounced ‘conks’), who arrived in increasing numbers after 1830. Many were sons and daughters of Loyalists who fled to the nearest Crown soil during the American Revolution. In the 20th century many residents of Key West started referring to themselves as “Conchs”, and the term is now generally applied to all residents of Key West. Some residents use the term “Conch” (or, alternatively, “Saltwater Conch”) to refer to a person born in Key West, while the term “Freshwater Conch” refers to a resident not born in Key West but who has lived in Key West for seven years or more.

In this series: Key West Part 1 of 3Key West Part 2 of 3, & Swimming with the Dolphins in The Keys | Part 3 of 3


If you want to learn about more places, check out The Five Treasures of Florida, Volume I, on the iTunes Store.

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