Discovering America’s Caribbean Island

So many people dream of taking a tropical vacation somewhere warm and exotic, especially as the days get shorter and the weather turns colder. One of the main reasons that people hold back from making these dreams a reality is because they believe it is too much of a hassle to follow through. They need to get a passport, arrange flights that typically have two or more layovers, decide which resort is right for them and worry about converting money and possibly learning at least a few words in a new language. None of that has to happen if they were to plan their tropical escape to Key West, Florida.

Situated 120 miles from the mainland of Florida, sandwiched between the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean basin, Key West offers all of the pleasures of a tropical vacation with none of the headaches. Several major airlines offer service to Key West International Airport, many only requiring one stop and several non-stop options not only from Florida airports but some northern cities as well. And for those who do not like to fly, there is always the Eighth Wonder of the Modern World, the Overseas Highway. Spanning the length of the Florida Keys, this road – often cited as one of the ten most beautiful in the world – crosses 42 bridges as it makes its way to Key West, including one engineering marvel that covers seven miles.

Once on the island, there is more to choose from than just a few resorts and chain hotels. Key West offers over one hundred different accommodation options, ranging from five star resorts situated directly on the water to small quirky inns carved out of homes a century old or older. Many of the national hotels also have locations on the island, perfect for people who are looking to earn some more bonus points or who want to cash them in for their vacation.

For every one hotel on the island it seems like there are three Key West restaurants to choose from, and just like the accommodations, variety is the name of the game when it comes to choosing where to eat. Two things that almost all these locations have in common, however, is abundant choices of fresh seafood and outdoor dining patios so their guests can enjoy the beautiful weather while enjoying their meals.

Best of all, no matter what time of year a vacation is planned for, it is almost a guarantee that the weather will be beautiful. Key West, Florida averages over 300 days of no rain a year and the average temperatures rarely exceed 90 or fall below 70. If you are one of those people who have been dreaming about a tropical island vacation, make this year the year that it happens. Now is the time to start making your reservations to ensure you have the vacation of a lifetime.

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