Come to Key West Florida for sunsets, beaches, nightlife, great food, shopping, biking, kayaking, boating, snorkeling, historical places and most of all exploring!
The Florida Keys has it all. There is truly something for everyone here.
Florida Keys travel information and tips to plan your Key West vacation
Where to go:
Key West Florida
When to go:
Oct – May
Note: stay away during hurricane season and it may be cool in December/January but at least the crowds would not be there.
How long to stay:
3-5 days is perfect, it is a small island
Where to stay on your Key West vacation:
Recommendation: Southernmost on the Beach/La Mer/Southernmost Hotel/Dewey House
They are all owned by the same company and are all wonderful places to stay. La Mer and Dewey House are B&B’s right on the ocean. The beach is not the best there but they have 3 pools you can also use
Westin Resort on Sunset Key the Sunset Key Guest Cottages
Ocean Key Resort right by Mallory Square, enjoy every sunset without leaving your resort
The Reach for a sophisticated resort and beachfront location and to get away from the crowds
Casa Marina Resort is an upscale option with a swimming beach
Sheraton Suites an all-suite hotel across the street from Smather’s Beach. You would need transportation to stay in this area since it is pretty far from the main Duval St
Top things to do in Key West Florida:
Duval Street for shopping and people watching
Bike around the island or rent an electric car from Tropical Rent-A-Car, a perfect way to explore the island and you can fit in any parking spot
See the Southernmost Point for the most photographed spot on the island
Take a snorkeling boat tour or you can snorkel off of Higgs Beach and at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park beach
Fort Zachary Taylor State Park – has a great beach with amazing emerald water and pine trees everywhere for shade (great for snorkeling, bring beach shoes for the rocky bottom)
You can also explore the fort that was built in the mid-1800s to defend the southeast coastline. There is a snack hut and beach chairs & umbrellas available for rental.
If you have time, book a trip to Dry Tortugas National Park
Key West Lighthouse – you can climb the 88 steps to the top to get a great view of Key West
Hemingway House – visit Ernest Hemingway’s home and his famous six-toed cats
Take a tour of Key West on the Old Town Trolley
I have heard you have to parasail in Key West so if that is on your list of things to do, try it here
Bars to hit in Key West Florida:
Irish Kevin’s for a comedic musical act
Hog’s Breath for a fun outdoor bar with live bands
Garden of Eden for a clothing optional bar experience
Schooner Wharf where you can find happy hour 3xs a day
Willie Ts for great mojitos and where you can leave a dollar on the wall to find on your next visit
Margaritaville for the Jimmy Buffet parrot heads
Sloppy Joes a famous hang for Hemmingway and always a good time to be had at this fun bar
The Smallest Bar in Key West is so small only about 5 people can fit in but it can be so fun to talk to everyone in the bar
Latitudes for a special occasion or to make it a very special dinner. Be sure to book dinner during the sunset for an even more amazing experience
Seven Fish for a very simple yet great dining experience, order the fresh fish of the day
Thai Cuisine for surprisingly good Thai food in Key West Florida
Sarabeth’s for a laid-back dining experience on the patio
Travel Tips to get to the Florida Keys:
There are many ways to get to Key West Florida, none exactly easy or direct.
Drive from Miami along U.S. Highway 1 for the most scenic but time consuming.
Take a charter flight from one of the other Florida cities.
Fly through Atlanta or another large hub nearby and you will fly on a larger plane.
There are boats from Ft Myers and Marco Island that will take you to Key West on the Key West Express but I do NOT recommend this option. They overbook the boat and unless you show up hours before you are to leave you will not get a seat inside. Which means you will be stuck on the top level with no protection from the wind or weather and it is not suitable for anyone to withstand for the 3-1/2 to 4 hour boat ride. If they allow you to reserve your seat when you book then I would say it is a good option but if they don’t, skip this option.
Enjoy your Key West Vacation!