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Go West – Go Key West … Rolling Onward & Upward!

Key West – Florida – USA

On the occasion of the World Tourism Day the United States of America Embassy  partnership with the Discover America Hungarian Committee (DAC for short), organized a workshop on Florida Keys and Key West tourism in Budapest. The DAC  was founded in 2010, as the mission of the Discover America Hungary Association to actively support American tourism. The association widely promotes the amazing tourist attractions and activities offered by the United States of America, inspiring travelers to explore the country. DAC works closely with the Budapest’s US Embassy’s Office of Commerce and the US as a tourist destination marketing organization, Brand USA.

The Florida Keys and Key West representatives held previously similar workshop in two countries, earlier in Belgium and Austria before coming to Budapest. They said, last year the number of entries significantly, more than 15 percent increase from Hungary, so they see more potential for local entrepreneurs to Hungarian tourists. The Hungarian invited guests were introduced to the sights, activities and hotels and Florida’s famous Overseas Highway, undoubtedly breathtaking Seven Mile Bridge, or 7 miles (which is actually 6.79 miles, or 10.93 kilometers on trans-sea pillars connecting crowds of tourists to visit the small Island of the population of cca. 28,000.

A while ago was the Annual World Tourism Day.  It’s non better time to plan and visít, escape from the cold winter weather heading to  the “Bracelet of Islands” to a little paradise on our Globe from Hungary.

During the presentation we took an imaginary journey, with video, map sheets, booklets which really made the appetite for many to visit Key West right away. A place full of adventures, with a large scale of venues and to stay at one of the magic hotels at six ideal locations.  By-the-way here are around 527 hotels and other lodging accommodations, so having plenty from 3 to 5 stars for a perfect vacation. Traveling across the bridge arriving to the cities the Island offers unique experience … Colonial-style chalets, palm trees, bars, tropical archipelago, soft breeze. Key West is also called the southernmost settlement of the United States and the only “Caribbean island”.

In brief a couple of venues not to be missed … Key Largo accomodations are tailored for everyone … boutique lifestyle hotel – the Gates Hotel Key West – relaxing in lush tropical gardens, also having entirely smoke free stay, cozy and standard rooms to family cottages with kitchens or enjoy – the Waterfront resort Key West – right on the Histroic Habor. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Art and Historical Society, and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, Key West Aquarium and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary venues fun for everyone, not just for kids. The Key West is also notable for its landmarks like Mallory Square, Southernmost Point. Though Key West is not well-known for its beaches, there are a few charming areas where both travelers and locals can completely unwind while sunbathing, skipping in the white sand beach and enjoying fun water sports. Have a close look on the Duval Street and enjoy Fort Zachary Taylor. The Mallory Square located on Wall Street in Key West’s historic Old Town, just west of Duval Street Islamorada – Divers Paradise … History of Diving Museum – featuring one of the world’s largest collections of international diving helmets and artifacts, this museum is a must stop for anyone who love to scuba dive. Watch the Caribbean sunset at the still waters off the coast, jam to the Island beats by live musicians. As the sun goes down hundreds of locals and tourists gather to watch the beautiful sunset and also to enjoy exhibits of arts and crafts and street performers like clowns, jugglers. The Hemingway Home & Museum is a must-see landmark, especially for literature aficionados and certainly is  one of the top visited venue at Key West, Florida with its beautiful Spanish Colonial architecture mansion built in 1851 from rock, native to the area. A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park with its spectacular 19th Century Fort Jefferson and to drop over to Vandenberg where the former United States Navy ship was intentionally sunk in 2009 to create an artificial coral reef. The Turtle Hospital – Sea Turtel Center – rescue – rehab – release  – will most probably steal the hearts of the visitors on the Island of Marathon. This hospital is dedicated since its opening in 1986 specifically to the treatment of sea turtles. The Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center is a marine sanctuary, there is also a mock-up of the world’s only underwater ocean laboratory called Aquarius. Taking adventure off the coast of Key West by sailing on a katamaran choose the glass bottom boat from the Island and watch dolphins swimming and jumping alongside. Keeping eyes wide open enjoy in the shallow-water snorkel above and the coral reef.

There is no better way to get closer to a new place than rolling BY FOOT around its beautiful streets and alleys gives visitors the chance to catch a glimpse of its charming Caribbean architecture.There are many interesting houses built out of coral-rock or salvaged ship-boards that will amaze every history and architecture enthusiast. Discover the Island BY BIKE explore the cool spots. Renting a bike would be a fantastic idea to explore alone, if the visitors prefer driving around the island in getting closer to the past and the present of Key West. The Island is rather small in  terms of driving.  BY DRIVE the whole landscape can be seen in one day, of course rolling on the 2 or 4 wheels. For those who don’t want to explore it alone by guided tour. BY FLIGHT to Key West first of all, getting to Key West is easy and depending on how long your vacation is going to be. In addition, there is also BY BUS to take you from Miami to Key West … the rolling wheels takes around 4 hours.

Make a Key Plan to Key West surely will be remembered as a lifetime holiday. Yes, but to have it, first to make that trip to cherish the memories.

Update and snaps Aggie Reiter