The original Spanish name for our beloved Key West is actually Cayo Hueso. In English, it translates into “bone cay,” which means a low island or a shallow reef. At the time, it was said that the island was originally covered in human bones of the past native inhabitants of the island. They had used the island as a communal burying ground. In fact, Spanish speaking people who live here still use the name Cayo Hueso when referring to Key West.