3 Historic Highlights of Key West

The Little White House

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President Harry Truman first visited the Little White House in 1946 for a weeklong vacation and returned here many times between the years 1946 and 1952. In this house, Truman met with officials to discuss the Marshall Plan, Civil Rights legislation, and much more. Over the years the building was also used by other presidents.

Today the Little White House is open to the public year-round. Tour guides bring you through the building and speak about President Truman’s visits here, U.S. Naval History in Key West, and the Cold War. During your visit, be sure to spend some time in the Botanical Gardens, which consists of an acre of local trees, plants, and flowers, surrounded by the original wrought iron fence from 1890. This portion of the tour is self-guided, so you can freely wander the grounds and enjoy the tropical foliage.

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum

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Located in Old Town Key West, Ernest Hemingway’s former home is now a historic landmark and museum. Hemingway and his wife Pauline renovated the house and property in the 1930s, adding an in-ground swimming pool and beautiful gardens. Today, visitors can take tours of the house, which include lots of interesting stories about Hemingway’s experiences on the island.

The Museum is open all year, and tours are available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In addition to exploring the house and stunning gardens, you can also visit with the property’s many cats. Hemingway owned several cats, including Snow White, a six-toed cat. Many of Snow White’s descendants still live on the property today and are very popular with visitors.

If your time in Key West is limited, the Hemingway Home is definitely a must-see Key West attraction.

 

Key West Lighthouse Museum

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The Key West Lighthouse was built in 1825 so that commercial and naval ships could safely navigate the shallow waters and many reefs. The lighthouse was notable for hiring a woman as its keeper, which was very unusual at that time. Though the lighthouse has not been used to guide ships since 1969, it is a popular destination for visitors.

When you visit, you can climb 88 iron steps to the very top of the lighthouse and take in incredible views of Key West and the sea. You can also explore the grounds and check out the Keeper’s Quarters, where there is a collection of artifacts, maps, photos and belongings of the former lighthouse keepers. The Key West Lighthouse Museum is an opportunity to enjoy the amazing scenery and to learn about a way of life that is now abandoned.

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Fly to Los Cabos for an Eco-Friendly Adventure

At the southern end of Mexico’s Baja peninsula lies Los Cabos, a most sought after eco-tourism destination in the region. Its expansive coastlines, varied terrain, and unique culture attract multitudes of domestic and international visitors. In fact, the area enjoys healthy tourism rates each year, with hardly any low season for the local industry. With its unique natural attractions, sustainability has been a goal in Los Cabos to balance the growth of the tourism sector. When in Los Cabos, try these eco-friendly experiences to truly appreciate the area.

Whale Shark Dive

The entire Baja Peninsula has been ranked as among the world’s best destinations for whale watching. In Los Cabos, the sea hosts a rich variety of marine life, including natural food sources such as plankton. With this teeming source, the coastal waters become an ideal habitat for the world’s largest mammal.

The whale shark is probably one of the most famous residents of Los Cabos. These friendly and majestic 40,000 lb creatures have been consistently sighted in the area and along the Baja Sur waters. When in the area, take the opportunity to see these majestic creatures up close. Here, visitors can book an eco-friendly tour where they can swim with whale sharks .

Ocean Exploration

For diving enthusiasts, exploring Los Cabos and the Sea of Cortez is a must. The area has several outstanding dive sites including Cabo Pulmo National Marine Park and several marine reserves. Any form of fishing has been banned in Cabo Pulmo Park years ago to protect the living coral reef system. As a result, hundreds of marine life species have made their home in the park. Cabo Pulmo was declared a UNESCO heritage site in 2005.

The Sand Falls is another area of interest in Los Cabos. The falls, which is located in a coastal protected area, has been described as a natural cascading sand formation that meets the ocean floor. Visitors can also explore the Los Cabos waters through sailing or kayaking. The area has several natural rock formations, such as the El Arco, which gracefully juts out of the ocean.

Explore the Terrain

After swimming in the ocean, another option is to see the surprising desert terrain of Los Cabos. As a land of contrasts, there is a desert park reserve in Los Cabos which can be explored with a tour guide. The eco-trail passes through canyons, creeks, and desert estuaries. From these hiking trails, endemic plants and animals such as the bighorn sheep can be sighted.

Experience the Local Culture

Seeing the local Los Cabos culture is part of any sustainable tourism experience. The area’s coastal location has shaped its art, traditions, and culinary scene. When in Los Cabos, look at the nature-inspired art of local artisans or treat the palate with sustainably caught seafood prepared the traditional way.

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