Key West is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Florida, not to mention the United States. Breathtaking sunsets, fresh local seafood, shopping, original art and much more go into making Key West a city with something for everyone.

Travel....To Paradise!


  Originally settled by Spaniards and first named Cayo Hueso (meaning bone island) Key West first saw development as a naval base in 1822. — In the late 1910’s Key West is said to have been a bootlegging center through prohibition. Key West flourished until the Great Depression and a hurricane in 1935. With the exception of Ernest
Hemingway, (lived here 1931-1940) the city seemed nearly deserted until WWII when the naval base once again became an important staging area. — In the 1980’s a bunch of locals (known in Key West as “Conchs”) formed the nation of the Conch Republic. Their plan was to secede from the United States, declare war on them, then surrender and request $1 million in foreign aid. The secession was unsuccessful but the City of Key West is still known as The Conch Republic.

  Key West is the southernmost point of the United States and only 90 miles from Cuba, making it closer than Miami. Although Key West is only 4 miles by 2 miles it does have a full service international airport.

  Many ho
tels grace our lovely island but if you’re looking for something a little more intimate try one of the many historical guest houses or bed and breakfasts. Key West also houses plenty of private vacation homes.

  So, whether you’re planning a group getaway, family vacation or a romantic holiday for two, The Hip Tourist can assist you with all of your traveling needs.

Call to plan your vacation in paradise

The Hip Tourist
915 Simonton Street
Key West, FL  33040
(305) 292-3332