There are many large resorts along the southern route of the island as well as parks and a relatively long beach which in Key West is a highly qualified credit as beaches here are quite unlike the east coast of Florida. Key West is surrounded by a coral reef. The reef is barely below the water's surface and reputedly extends up to ten miles out to sea. As a result of this hidden danger there are reportedly innumerable of shipwrecks off the coast. Most of the disasters date back to the time of the invasion of the Spaniards and other adventurers of the sea. This misfortune has contributed to the thriving treasure-hunting business for which Key West is notorious. I have heard that the shipwrecks were the basis of the name of the island. It was labelled as the Key of Bones which in Spanish was a variation of Ilave de Huesos, Cayo d'Oso, Calle del Oso or Callo del Oso. The similarity of the Spanish word Oso to the French word Os (both meaning "bone") transformed into something close to the French word for "west" which is "ouest" because of course this lower key is the most western island. Thus it is asserted that the Key of Bones became Key West.
There are countless secret hideaways throughout Key West. The place is so dense with habitation that scads of charming corners and niches have sprung up in the most unlikely spaces. It requires some determination to tear oneself from the beaten path to venture onto these sometimes narrow and seemingly dead-end streets to discover what lies at the end. But invariably there is a reward for the pertinacity.
Today's introductory adventure whetted our appetites for more. First however we had to address the matter of provisions for our stay since we intend to prepare and eat our meals at the beach house rather than dining out during our stay (we'll have an opportunity to do that when we shift hotels at the end of the week). After checking our luggage into the beach house we immediately departed for the nearby grocery store. Our nutritional routine is now so hardened that we fairly flew about the aisles and soon returned home to unload and stash. Before dinner we descended to the pool for an evening swim. I believe we'll sleep tonight.