Cedar Key is a city on Way Key, the largest among a small group of keys or coral islands situated southwest of Gainesville, Florida, right on the Gulf Coast. It is a city known for its unspoiled beauty, quaint small-town atmosphere, and friendly vibe. Named after the eastern red cedar plant that used to proliferate the area, Cedar Key has long been important to Florida and its history. Archeological evidence has shown that the keys were inhabited as far back as 500 or 1000 BC. Because of this, much of the town is under the Cedar Keys Historic and Archeological District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places in America.
What makes Cedar Key an attractive tourist destination is its old Florida feel. Travelers fall in love with Cedar Key because it makes them feel like they’ve traveled back in time to the Sunshine State that many artists and writers have come to wax poetic about. It’s a quiet island with no tourist traps or high-rise complexes. Instead, what you will find here are actual residential areas, humble cottages, nature trails, and protected sanctuaries, and locals who take pride in their hometown and will welcome you with open arms.