Hemingway in Key West History
Key West is an island city that is rich with history. Not only do guests from all over the world flock to Key West for our beaches, crystal blue waters and glamorous resorts, but they also come to step back in time. Whether you want to visit our Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, explore shipwrecks or walk with Hemingway in Key West, Key West can provide some fascinating pieces of history for you.
Hemingway Home and Museum
Along with our Harry S Truman and Tennessee Williams museums, we are also home to Hemingway’s home! The place he stayed in while living in Key West now welcomes book- and Hemingway-lovers from all over the world. This is where Hemingway wrote some of his best work, and where you can take a tour of his intimate life or hold an event in his garden.
Click here to learn more about the Hemingway Home and Museum.
Drinking With Papa
Not only did Hemingway live and write in Key West, but he was also an active member of our community. The downtown area was close to his property, and it was a popular place for Hemingway to go for some drinks.
In particular, Hemingway became close with Joe Russell, the owner of the famous Sloppy Joe’s Bar. To celebrate this piece of literary history, Sloppy Joe’s holds an annual “Papa” Hemingway Look-Alike Contest. This is held around Hemingway’s birthday, and this year the contest will take place from July 21-23, 2016!
If you think you look like Papa, or to find information about the next look-alike contest, click here.
Hemingway 5K Sunset Run and Lazy Dog Paddleboard Race
Last but not least, we also have a race fit for the great author and sports-lover! If you want to experience Key West like Hemingway, then the Hemingway 5K Sunset Run and Paddleboard Race is here for you!
Rent your paddleboards in advance at Lazy Dog, click here to register and get ready for the fourth year of the popular 5K Run, this year combined with a Paddleboard Race.
If you are ready to race on July 23, prove that you look like Papa or learn more about Hemingway in Key West history, plan your stay in Key West today! For information on hotels, places to eat and other things to do and see in Key West, check out what the Key West Attractions Association has to offer you.