Why Key West Was Originally Named "Bone Island

The fierce Calusa Indians were said to leave the remains of their enemies on the beaches of Key West, thus creating Key West's first name, Cayo Hueso... Island of Bones.

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Pirates in Paradise Festival


Pirates will be repelling invaders along the ramparts while vendors sell wares in the makeshift town.


Pirates in Paradise Festival FAQ's:

Question: What is the Pirates in Paradise Festival?

Answer: 10 Days of Pure Piratical Escapades Celebrating Key West's Rich & Colorful Maritime Heritage.

Question: Where is the festival held?

Answer: The festival is held at Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.

Question: Is the festival good for kids?

Answer: Yes, the festival includes tours of historical, military, and other attractions; pirate movies; picnics; costume contests; and more. See "kids Quarters" for further info.

Question: Can I go for a sail on a pirate ship during the festival?

Answer: Yes, throughout the festival you can sail aboard the Topsail Schooner Wolf, or on a number of prized vessels.

Question: What can I expect to see at the Pirate Festival?

Answer: Click here for festival schedule.

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