The Keys: in the footsteps of giants

The Keys: in the footsteps of giants

Key Largo or Key West? Bogart and Bacall or Hemingway and Tennessee Williams? To each his own...

At the far end of Florida is a string of coral islands called the Keys. Between Key Largo, the nearest, and Key West, the furthest, there are nearly 200 kilometres and 40 bridges to traverse, a trip that makes you feel like you are playing leapfrog.

Key Largo is far from the most beautiful, but you could make a stop there in memory of the eponymous film, starring Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. The star of the islands is the legendary Key West, where Ernest Hemingway and Tennessee Williams wrote some of their works. Although the island is a bit overrun by tourists in high season, it has great charm with its small, perfectly maintained wooden houses.

Visit the house where Hemingway lived from 1931 to 1940. In his office, a little separate from the rest of the house because the novelist needed quiet to write, his favourite books and some hunting trophies are carefully preserved. Many cats have invaded the garden. Their peculiarity is that they have six claws on their paws…

Hemingway Home & Museum
907 Whitehead St
Key West, FL 33040

+1 305 294 1136