Monroe County is located at the southern tip of Florida and includes the Florida Keys. Bordering Miami-Dade and Collier Counties, the islands stretch 100 miles into the Straits of Florida separating the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico.
Monroe County was established in 1823 from a portion of St. Johns County and named for President James Monroe, fifth president of the U.S. In 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sailed past the keys. For the next three centuries, the keys became a haven for pirates and adventurers. Many English-speaking settlers came to the keys from the Grand Bahamas, and by 1821, when the U.S. acquired Florida, Key West was the state's most populous city.
Bahia Honda Key, is an island that helps to form the beautiful tropical destination that is the Florida Keys. The island is home to the park itself making Bahia Honda State Park one of the southern most state parks in the country. The park is everything you could expect from a Florida Keys tropical destination. Come visit the clear ocean waters of the island and enjoy scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, boating, hiking and much more.
One of a kind dragon boat festival features the traditional ancient Chinese dragon boat racing with a modern flair. Form your own team or come out to the beach to watch and enjoy food and entertainment on the shores of Sombrero Beach.
Past ..future…Present let your mind wander! This year’s Fantasy Fest theme, Time Travel Unravels, takes your imagination to anywhere on the time-space continuum. There are limitless possibilities!!! Let your inspiration guide you as you cultivate your costumed revelry into the past colonial era , roman empire, Italian renaissance …or catapult your creativity to a future era of living in the cosmos. You can set your time machine to go where your whim and imagination takes you.
Celebrating its 22nd year, the Key West Songwriters Festival is the largest of its kind in the world with over 200 performers, 50 shows and 5 nights of live music bringing the faces and stories behind the songs to the surface.
Monroe Public School District is small school district in Florida that contains 20 schools that together serves a student population that is a little over 8,000. It should be noted that the school district is accredited by AdvancED and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.
The Braille and Talking Book Library is a library dedicated to providing reading materials to blind and visually impaired residents. Its headquarters is located in Daytona and it has nine subregional locations in Coca, Ft. Myers, Ft. Lauderdale, Jacksonville, Clearwater, Miami, Orlando, Pensacola, and Lake Worth to serve residents throughout the state.
The Key West Aquarium is located in Key West's famous Mallory Square and is a fun attraction for people of all ages. Featuring a touch tank, shark feedings, stingray bay, alligators, jellyfish and more. The Key West Aquarium is committed to helping protect the endangered sea turtles. The Aquarium is associated with the Turtle Hospital and Florida Sea Turtle Stranding Network working to helping protect the endangered sea turtles and nursing and rehabilitation of injured sea turtles.
Port of Key West offers deepwater port activities of Cruise Ships and Navy vessels and includes cruise berths at Mallory Square, the Navy’s Outer Mole Pier, and the privately owned Pier B at the Weston Resort and is one of the nations busiest ferry port.
The Red Barn Theatre is a historic theater in Key West. It was built as a barn in 1829 and began a new life as a theatre in the 40s. Today it is still an important cultural landmark, and puts on many plays and musicals each year.