Florida on a budget… there’s a reason that it’s both America’s retirement capital and also our vacation capital. Florida has year-round fun, sun, and excitement that nearly everyone can afford! Even if you don’t like pricey, Florida still offers a host of little-to-no cost fun!
Discover Key West a city where real estate titles date back to the Kings of Spain. Stroll the palm-lined streets and discover gingerbread mansions, tin-roofed conch houses, the John Audubon House and Ernest Hemingway’s home. Walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison, Lou Gehrig, Harry Truman, and Tennessee Williams.
To the south, Key West has a Mardi Gras mood with Fantasy Festivals, Hemingway look-alike contests and the occasional threat to secede from the Union. It’s an island whose melting-pot character allows crusty natives to mingle (more or less peacefully) with eccentrics and escape artists who lovingly call this 4-mi sandbar “Paradise.” Although life elsewhere in the island chain isn’t quite as offbeat, it’s nearly as diverse.
Key West is the farthest-flung town on the Florida Keys, a string of 822 low-lying islands (about 30 of them inhabited) stretching from mainland Florida southwest into the Gulf of Mexico. Famously billed as the southernmost point in the continental U.S., the town is tropical not only in its physical locale, but in its attitude, which combines elements of Caribbean, Latin and U.S. culture into a relaxed, flip-flop, Margaritaville lifestyle.
In the United States, when it comes to warm weather destinations, Florida is one of the first states to come to mind… With its tropical waters, magical them parks, and the inviting sun, for some people there’s no better place! And what better part to visit than the extreme southern tip down in the Florida Keys! This is about as close as you can get in the mainland U.S. and still think that you’ve passed over into some mysterious and exotic destination…
For nearly 40 years Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa has been a Key West icon reflecting the free-spirited attitude of our island. As the first true resort on the island, we continue to offer our guests the authentic experience that has made Key West a favorite destination for all generations. Our resort is located on a six acre compound at the corner of the Gulf of Mexico and Duval Street.
Florida, with its mild climate and huge number of tourist attractions to suit all tastes is quite rightly regarded as one of the world’s premier tourist attractions. Whether your interests are cultural, environmental or just centered on adrenalin-rush experiences, you will find something in Florida to keep you occupied twenty-four hours a day. The most famous Florida attractions include Walt Disney World and Bush Gardens, all of which capitalize on Florida’s exceptionally fine climate and the American desire for more variety and greater excitement.
Take a ride aboard the Yankee Freedom III ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park. Made up of seven small islands and surrounding waters the Park is one of the world’s most unique eco-attractions. Its crown jewel, historic Fort Jefferson, was once used as a prison during the Civil War. Explore and learn of its history with one of our guides and enjoy an array of activities including snorkeling, bird watching, sunbathing and more. From day trips to overnight camping adventures, there’s something for everyone!