Key West Historic Seaport
Formerly known as Key West Bight, this once seedy piece of prime waterfront real estate was where shrimpers, spongers, and turtle traders came to unload their daily catch, tell tall tales of the sea, quaff a few brews, and just generally hang out. With the relocation of the shrimp boats to Stock Island and the demise of sponging and turtle hunting, this area has undergone a complete metamorphosis.
In January 1999, it was officially opened as the Key West Historic Seaport and HarborWalk. Tall ships still tie up here - as well as milliondollar yachts. Trendy shops, restaurants, and raw bars now line a pristine wooden board walk that follows the bend of the coastline here from the foot of Front Street to the foot of Margaret Street. Despite gentrification, this remains a busy working marina. [D]