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Even before visiting, most people have an image of Key West. Some picture Jimmy Buffet crooning about
lazy days on the water; others envision Hemingway crouched over a typewriter. Still others picture
throngs of Spring Break revelers. In truth, Key West is all of these and more. About 25,000 conchs -
as the locals are known - live here year round. The next largest are the seasonal residents who stay
for up to six months at a time at Key West corporate housing
areas. These are the two groups to thank for Key West's lively arts and entertainment scene including
a world-class symphony orchestra and several theater companies. This is arty, laid-back Key West. It is
the tourists who give the island its liveliness. Intoxicated by margaritas and sunsets that the natives
take for granted, the casual visitor to Key West inevitably embraces the city with a contagious joie de
Key West Facts
Key West corporate housing Fact 1:
The tiny island of Key West is only 4 miles long
by two miles wide.
Key West corporate housing Fact 2:
Key West is home to North America's only living
Key West corporate housing Fact 3:
By the late 1800s, Key West was the richest city
in the country thanks to the infamous "wreckers" that pillaged ships foundered on the reefs surrounding
Key West corporate housing Fact 4:
Key West attracts more than 650,000 gay and lesbian
travelers each year.
Key West corporate housing Fact 5:
Key Limes are also known as Mexican limes or West
Indian limes. They are smaller and more yellow in color than the limes you buy in the grocery store. They
grow on thorny trees and are very cold sensitive. Key Limes were an important crop in Florida until 1926
when a hurricane destroyed the groves. Due to the difficulty and cost of raising them, these groves were
replanted with conventional limes, which are cheaper and easier to grow. However, many Key Lime trees
survive in people's backyards and Key Lime pie is still a favorite treat around the island.
Key West corporate housing Fact 6:
Key West has been home to seven Pulitzer
Prize-winning writers including Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway.
Key West corporate housing Fact 7:
Within Key West's 190-block historical area
there are 2,580 structures. This contains the greatest concentration of wooden buildings in the state
of Florida. The buildings date from 1886 to 1912.
Key West corporate housing Fact 8:
Ponce de Leon discovered the island in 1513. He
called it Cayo Hueso (Isle of Bones) because it was littered with remains from an Indian battlefield or
burial ground. The name "Key West" is the English version of the Spanish term.
Key West corporate housing Fact 9:
Key West is the southern-most city in the
continental United States. It is located 90 miles north of Cuba and 150 miles southwest of Miami.
Key West corporate housing Fact 10:
Key West locals are referred to as "conchs"
(said "conks") since they, like seashells, reside close to the water.