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Key West - A Perfect Winter Getaway   
by Steven Chabotte

Key West is a great place to get away for a relaxing winter holiday. It has everything you need to overcome the winter blues - sun, sand, warm waters, great dining, a bit of history and the envy of your friends when you come back with that famous Florida tan. Whether you are thinking of a quick weekend or a more relaxing week vacation, Key West has enough variety to keep you busy the whole time - and enough quiet spots for those who just want to lay back and absorb the rays.

Key West's beaches - with their warm and crystal clear waters - are perfect for swimming, jet skiing, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Several luxury resorts in Key West offer first-class accommodations and water related activities for the whole family. Visitors can find a variety of activities close to shore or they can take one of the many glass-bottom boat tours - a must do to see the wonders of the underwater tropical paradise that is just offshore. Many people also hire boats to take them scuba diving in the world-famous reefs. And many offer quick scuba diving lessons so that even the rank beginners can get up close and personal with the underwater adventures all around Key West. For the less adventurous, the Key West Aquarium will lets you see the local marine life up close and also offers dozens of hands-on activities for children. It makes for a great family day adventure.

The island itself boasts has many more remarkable attractions for the entire family and the island is small enough that visitors can see them all if they have the ambition.

Probably the best way to get a feel for all Key West offers is to take one of the many Key West Historic Tours. These tours are great fun and will give you a good feel for all the island has to offer. For the more adventurous, there is even a ghost tour. But probably the most famous one is the Conch Tour Train. This tour vehicle is designed to look like an old train, and it takes visitors all over the island. This tour is a must for families who want a great introduction to the most popular parts of the island.

No trip to Key West would be complete without a visit to the Ernest Hemmingway House. This house was home to the famous author when he created some of his best-known novels. The house is quite colorful and is the current home to dozens of local cats that call it their home. As you travel around Key West and visit its many landmarks, do not be surprised to see plaques about Hemmingway scattered here and there. He spent quite a bit of time at the hot spots during his time.

The Audubon House is an authentic 19th century home that has been fully restored and remodeled. It is filled with genuine antiques and paintings by famed naturalist John James Audubon. For anyone who has heard of Audubon or who has seen reproductions of some of his works, the trip to this house will give you memories to last a lifetime.

There are also a variety of annual winter activities in Key West. Here are some of the more famous ones that are held every December..

In December, you have the Key West Holiday Parade in Old Town. This is a family oriented parade celebrating the holiday. You also have the Key West Lighted Boat Parade which features a variety of decorated boats cruising Key West Harbor at night - each one trying to outdo the other as the best decorated boat.

And of course, December would not be complete without a Key West New Year's Eve celebration. Just about every restaurant, hotel and bar will have a celebration and many of them have themes to their celebrations so you can pick and choose to get just the right mood for bringing in the new year. Experience the conch shell drop at Sloppy Joe's Bar or the "wench" drop at Schooner Wharf Bar, and for the more adventurous, the red high heel drop with drag queen Sushi at Bourbon Street Pub/ New Orleans House.

About the Author

Steven Chabotte is a writer for http://www.MyCityTravelGuide.com - a complete resource for planning your next vacation. With the ability to get instant pricing and booking on over 50,000 hotels at rock bottom pricing as well as being able to book a complete trip or a great last minute vacation deal at up to 70% off list price, planning your next vacation is a breeze at MyCityTravelGuide.com