Stay near Jackson Square
Jackson Square is at the far west side of Key West Island and hosts Monroe County’s main judicial buildings. Whether you are visiting Jackson Square on official business and or simply for sightseeing, you will find plenty of accommodation nearby. Relax beneath the veranda of a boutique guesthouse or go for a dip in an outdoor pool at hotels near Jackson Square.
The streets surrounding Jackson Square offer a range of hotels and inns, often at lower prices than those on the coast. Jackson Square is just a short walk from accommodation near Southernmost Point and, in the north, Mallory Square. Or you could head to the oceanfront to find expansive resorts with luxurious rooms overlooking Key West’s marinas and beaches.
Visit the Judicial Centre of Key West
Jackson Square is the judicial and governmental heart of Key West. Wander around the grassy square to appreciate the beautiful old-world architecture. One of the most impressive buildings is the Monroe County Courthouse, a red-brick building fronted by a white pillared pediment. The centre of the square is dominated by the Clerk of Court’s building. Elsewhere, find the offices of the county’s Supervisor of Elections, where they oversee electoral registration and counting.
One of the most eye-catching features of Jackson Square is the kapok tree. This tropical plant, recognisable by the twisted, tapered based of its trunk, is more commonly found in Mexico and the Caribbean, and is sacred to Mayan culture.
Things to Do near Jackson Square
In one corner of Jackson Square lies Mile Marker 0, the point in Florida Keys from which the rest of string of islands is measured. There are several family-friendly activities around this area. To the south lies the Ernest Hemingway Museum, which commemorates the life and work of one of America’s great writers. To the north sits Mallory Square, where you’ll find the Key West Aquarium and the fascinating Shipwreck Museum.
While you are unlikely to need to visit the courthouse and other legal institutions while staying in Key West, the attractive buildings on Jackson Square are still well worth seeing as they contribute to the overall charming atmosphere of the city.