Key West Spring Break

Spring Break Key West
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Key West spring break makes perfect sense—after all the city already knows how to party. The southernmost city in the United States long has been attracting attention of creative types and anyone who loves sunny days. This island and its neighbors in the Florida Keys have a relaxed style all their own. If you're looking for the spring break hallmarks of great beaches and a party atmosphere, you'll definitely find it here. A Florida Keys spring break also has a live-and-let-live attitude, making it one of most diverse spring break destinations around.

Throughout Key West and the other islands, it's easy to find live music and happening parties. Even though the islands are famously laid back, that hardly means lazy. There's always fun to be found in the bars, on the beach, and basically wherever you turn. Street musicians and performers are out in full force during Key West spring break time, especially at sunset. This natural happening is a reason to party on the southernmost key. Spring breakers and locals gather at Mallory Square for the nightly party as the sun sets. Sunset cruises are another Key West tradition as day transforms into night, and both really need to be experienced on a 2016 Key West spring break.

On the beaches, the atmosphere is pretty jovial. It's easy to find games of beach volleyball during the day and nighttime parties to join. Before the sun sets, the beaches of the Florida Keys filled with excitement. As you'd expect for the Caribbean islands, watersports are supremely important around here. If you're looking for thrills, jet-ski and parasailing rentals are readily available. There's also plenty of chances to relax and get a tan; the Florida Keys are especially warm and sunny in February and March, when the mainland is often cold and chilly. One of the top beaches for spring break revelry is Smathers Beach, which is close to the airport and the Sheraton Suites. Here, you'll find tons of beach necessities, watersports, and wild parties.

You won't need a passport to visit these islands nestled in the Gulf of Mexico, even though Key West is closer to Cuba than it is Miami. Flights are readily available to Key West, departing from hubs throughout Florida. Another option is to get to Miami and drive the Overseas Highway. Here, 43 bridges connect this necklace of islands to the mainland, crossing both the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. A convertible car rental is particularly well suited for a Florida Keys spring break.

The highway reaches its end at Key West, the same island where Ernest Hemingway lived, wrote, and drank. You can still tour his home, which is today a museum best known for its community of six-toed cats, descendants of the writer's pets. His old haunt, Sloppy Joe's Bar, is still open for business, serving up drinks day and night. It's also a hotspot for live music, even hosting a music festival in early February. Even if your spring break falls a little later in the season, there will still be food and fun at Sloppy Joe's. Well after dark, the tables are cleared away, and there's dancing until four in the morning.

The Florida Keys have been crowned as the best place for diving in the state of Florida. Underneath the surface, ancient shipwrecks and colorful coral reefs reveal a world not see seen above the water. Local dive shops will provide you will all the equipment you need for a safe and successful drive-including guides and transportation to the best dive sites. One of the shipwrecks led to untold treasures the Nuestra Señora de Atocha. Diver and local legend Mel Fisher recovered many of its riches, now on view at a Key West musuem.

No matter what you pack into your 2016 Florida Keys spring break plans, you will have the chance to sample some truly special cuisine. Local specialties include conch chowder and, of course, key lime pie.

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