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Key West, FL One Duval Street, Key West, Florida 33040
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Pier House Resort & Spa Location

Our Resort's Private Key West, Florida Beach Location

With a private white sand beach, legendary Florida Keys attractions, storied bars, and historic landmarks right outside our door, Pier House Resort offers a treasured mix of history, romance, culture, and tropical weather adventure. At only 2 miles wide and 4 miles long, everything in Key West is just minutes away. Within blocks of our hotel on the edge of Old Town, you can join the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square, and then grab a drink at Ernest Hemingway's favorite watering hole, Sloppy Joe's.
 

Island Adventures - Where Duval Street Meets the Gulf

Key West is known for its crystal clear waters, adventurous spirit, and more bars per capita than anywhere in the U.S. Dive, snorkel, kayak, parasail, or sightsee the day away, then belly-up to great live music at a neighboring watering hole.

Iconic Local Attractions

 

About Key West

Join us in Key West - an American original. The southernmost Florida Key and the southernmost city in the continental United States, Key West has often been called America's Caribbean. It's famed for crystal clear blue waters and a laid-back attitude. Beyond its balmy relaxation, this resort destination is also home to an eclectic vibe that can't be found anywhere else. Key West has a lively rhythm of its own that is easy-going and fun. The bohemian ambiance has long lured authors, artists, and adventurers over the years.
 
Key West is also renowned for its phenomenal fishing and water sports. Snorkeling and diving enthusiasts enjoy exploring the only living coral reef in the continental United States. Popular catches for fishermen include dolphin, snapper, grouper, tarpon, marlin, sailfish, bonefish, and swordfish. From key lime pie to sunsets savoring the picture-perfect views, we offer you the experience and the stuff legends are made of.
 

Fun Facts

  • 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.
  • The entire island is a bird sanctuary.
  • 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.
  • Key West's beaches are created by sand brought in on barges from the Bahamas.
  • 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.
  • Population: Approximately 25,000.
  • People born in Key West are called Conchs. (Conch is pronounced "Conk".)
  • There is nothing anywhere like Fantasy Fest, an annual Key West celebration held in October. The Pretenders in Paradise Costume Contest is held on the beach at Pier House.
  • April 22, 1982 Key West seceded from the United States and declared itself the Conch Republic.. The Pelican became the official Republic Bird and the Hibiscus the official Republic Flower. The Conch Republic applied for foreign aid from the United States.
  • There are about 40 cats living at the Hemingway House, all descended from Ernest Hemingway's cat. Most have six or seven toes on their front paws. All of them are named for movie stars.
  • The Schooner Wharf Bar has a happy hour at 9:00 a.m.
  • In the 1930's, self-proclaimed Count Von Cosel lived with a dead woman in his bed for seven years. When this became public knowledge, the woman became an instant tourist attraction.
  • There are more bars per capita in Key West than anywhere else in the country, and more churches per capita!
  • Most buildings are required to have tin roofs.
  • Jimmy Buffett's first gig in Key West is reputed to have been the Chart Room Bar at the Pier House Resort.

Geography & Climate

  • Key West is 1.5 miles wide and 4 miles long.
  • Key West is the southernmost city in the Continental United States; 160 miles south of Miami but only 90 miles north of Cuba.
  • 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 third largest coral reef in the world is seven miles off the coast of Key West. It runs 160 miles, from Key Biscayne to the Dry Tortugas.
  • The highest elevation in Key West is 18 feet above sea level.
  • Climate
    • 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°.
    • The last hurricane to directly hit Key West was in 1919.
    • Key West is the only frost-free city in the Continental United States.

History

  • Key West was originally called Cayo Hueso which means island of bones, allegedly for all of the Indian bones that were found on the island. The name Key West is an Americanization of Cayo Hueso.
  • There are more than 3,000 structures in Key West on the National Historic Register.
  • From 1828 to 1850 Key West was the richest city per capita in the United States.
  • In 1889 Key West was the largest city in Florida and in 1899, it had street cars.
  • During the Civil War Key West, although the southernmost city in the country, was Yankee territory. Key West was the only place where you had to go north to fight for the South.
  • There is an African Slave cemetery at Higgs Beach where 295 men, women and children are buried.
  • Most Graves in the Key West Cemetery are above ground and abound with unusual and amusing epitaphs.
  • There are three Civil War forts on the island of Key West.
  • On October 28, 1927, the first international flight was from Key West to Havana Cuba. The flight was made by Pan American Airlines, and their original ticket office can still be seen at the corner of Whitehead and Caroline Streets. It is now a restaurant called Kelly's, named for owner Kelly McGillis, who starred in the films Top Gun and Witness.
  • In 1934 Key West was the poorest city in Florida. President Roosevelt, under the WPA program, had the Key West Aquarium built which is still in use today.
  • In 1985, after 16 years of searching and operating out of Key West, Mel Fisher discovered the sunken Spanish galleon Atocha and a treasure worth more than $450 million. The Mel Fisher Maritime Museum is still in Key West.

How to Get to Key West

BY AIR

You can get to Key West by air on American Airlines Silver Airways, Delta, United Airlines, Southwest (Through 6/14) and U.S. Airways. Most flights connect through Miami, Atlanta, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa, Fort Myers or Orlando.
  • Flight information for Key West International Airport (EYW)

BY SEA

BY CAR

From Miami

  • Via I-95, I-75 or FL-836 to the Florida Turnpike  
  • Florida Turnpike South to the Overseas Highway
    (Route 1 South)
  • Overseas Highway to Key West
  • Turn right on North Roosevelt Boulevard
  • Follow North Roosevelt Boulevard (becomes Truman Avenue) to Duval Street
  • Turn right on Duval Street
  • Follow Duval Street to the end
  • The Pier House Resort is on the right

From Key West Airport

  • Exit Airport, turn right onto South Roosevelt Blvd.
  • Follow South Roosevelt Blvd. to the 90 degree turn (street becomes Bertha)
  • Stay on Bertha and cross over Flagler Ave. (street becomes 1st Street)
  • Take 1st street to North Roosevelt Boulevard
  • Take a left onto North Roosevelt Boulevard
  • Follow North Roosevelt Boulevard (becomes Truman Avenue) to Duval Street
  • Turn right on Duval Street
  • Follow Duval Street to the end
  • The Pier House Resort is on the right
 
 
  • Ferry service is available from Ft. Myers and Marco Island on the Key West Express.
  • Travel Advisory for Motorists please check here for the most up to date road closure information.
 

BY BUS

Greyhound Bus service from Miami to the Key West Airport.
 

Key West Resort Location Map

Key West, Florida Resort Location Map