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Key West Hospitality & Accommodations

The dream of paradise is the lure of the tropics and Key West is the dream catcher. At your finger tips is America’s southernmost island, where you do not even have to leave the continental United States to embrace the beauty of the Caribbean.

Here Five Diamond hotels and resorts, historic inns and bed & breakfast hideaways cradle guests to sleep in the soft night air. The eclectic accommodations allow guests to sit by the pool overlooking the turquoise ocean or lounge in a palm-shaded hammock reading a book by one of the talented local writers. Pure tranquility will tingle through your veins as the scent of frangipani and night blooming jasmine cascade through the air. Island life is a resting place for writers, artists, musicians and movie stars who escape to the subtropical folds of Key West for the sheer ease of it.

On land, on sea, from an oceanside landscape to an underwater reef of coral, nature’s own bounty has lured pirates and wreckers and spongers to its riches over the years. Stories of fortunes made and lost ride the winds of the Gulf of Mexico like ghost tales passed on the lips of Cuban and Bahamian immigrants — native island “Conchs” — who escaped to the island and made it the Cigar Capital of the World.

Key West’s cottage industry trade in cigars boomed with Henry Flagler’s Overseas Railroad, which connected the Keys to the mainland from 1912 to 1935. Riding the rails, the first tourists came, making Key West the “Gateway to Havana.” Where the rails once ran, today’s Overseas Highway (rated in the Top 10 Scenic Drives in the United States) meanders, a bridge way drive down an archipelago of scattered islands. Like a kaleidoscope, Florida’s favorite sun turns the blue-green waters of the merging Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico into a mesmerizing heaven on earth.

Key West is home to the illusion of heaven on earth — the jewel at the end of the Keys. There are few seekers who don't find their buried treasure here.  Adventure awaits with fishing, diving, shopping, dancing, street festivals, art galleries, live island music, tea dances and memories that are to be made and not forgotten.

All lies on the horizon of Key West, the home of 30 years of Fantasy Fest and free-roaming chickens. Yes, we have chickens, and not just one or two. Rise and shine. You’re in Key West now. Crowing roosters and street-strutting mother hens with her string of chickadees, well, it all grows on you. Or maybe its just the subtropics! Decide for yourself, when it comes time to leave. Some never do. Those who return year after year call it mystical. Islanders call it Paradise.


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Best Western Key Ambassador - The easy, gracious warmth of Key West is reflected in everything we do at The Best Western Key Ambassador. Every room's private balcony captures the soft pollen-free trade winds. On the quiet side of the island - the exhilarating blues of sky and water, lush greens of the tropics and the vivid reds and purples of sunset ... all provide the background for a distinctive place and people.
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