Why is Key West Called Key West?

Key West is called "Key West" due to its geographic location in the Florida Keys archipelago. The name "Key West" reflects its position as the westernmost (westward) of the main coral cay islands in the Florida Keys, a chain of islands extending southwestward from the southern tip of the Florida peninsula.

The word "Key" in Key West and other locations in the Florida Keys is derived from the Spanish word "cayo," which means small island or key. The term is commonly used in the Florida Keys to describe the numerous small coral islands that make up the archipelago.

Key West is the southernmost city in the contiguous United States and is known for its historical significance, vibrant culture, and unique atmosphere. The name reflects its geographical location at the western end of the Florida Keys.