Key West, Florida is the southernmost point in the United States. A haven for vacationers looking for a tropical paradise, Key West is rich with history, attractions, entertainment, and some of the best water activities around. Closer in miles to Cuba than Miami, Key West is a popular destination for cruise-lovers as many cruise lines run from the ports there, and adventurers looking for a thrill. White sandy beaches, clear blue water, palm trees, and the kind of isolated beauty that reminds one of Treasure Island or Swiss Family Robinson; Key West has something for adventurers of all ages.The history of Key West is rich, and deeply rooted in Native American, Spanish, British, and American history. Originally inhabited by natives, Key West was visited by Juan Ponce de Léon in 1521. Later, ownership of the island would be disputed between the Spanish officials in Cuba and the United States. Finally, in 1822, Lt. Commander Matthew C. Perry planted the U.S. flag on Key West and claimed the Key's as part of the United States. Throughout the days of the Civil War, industrialization, and further movements toward modern-day, Key West has retained much of its cultural heritage. Home to Earnest Hemingway, Calvin Klein, Tennessee Williams, and Harry S. Truman, Key West is a haven for a wide variety of interests.