11 Things to Love About Key West
The Beautiful Water
Bordered by both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the turquoise waters of Key West are simply magical. A glowing hue of blue that will soothe your mind with its serene beauty. Getting out on the water is the very best way to experience Key West. There are many ways to do this: kayaks, paddleboards, private yacht, jet skis, catamaran, fishing trips, and snorkeling excursions. Most hotels have wonderful concierge teams who love talking about all the special ways to get out there on the glorious blue sea.
It’s in the US
Key West is an easy trip to paradise within the United States! It’s the closest, easiest, tropical vacation you can take with either an easy flight directly into Key West or a road trip. No customs, passports, or complicated travel details. Simple – just like the way of life there.
Key West is chock full of amazing restaurants, cafes, and bars. More than you’ll have time to experience in one trip! Start your day with a frothy latte in an adorable breakfast spot. Moondog Café, Date & Thyme or The Café (my personal favorite) are top choices. When happy hour strikes, make your way to one of the local pubs. The infamous Green Parrot and Sloppy Joe’s are must-visits for popular live music and fun vibes. The Little Room Jazz Club and Vino’s on Duval for a sophisticated feel yet still island casual. For dinner, Santiago’s Bodega is a favorite for tapas and sangria – be sure to make a reservation! Blue Heaven is recommended for a fun atmosphere, seafood features, and Caribbean fare. Miso Happy is the best choice to fulfill your sushi fix and Thai cravings. Finish it all off with decadent chocolate treats at Better Than Sex – a trip to Key West is not complete without a late-night indulgent visit.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Dive and Snorkeling excursions are abundant in Key West! Explore the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and wreck dives that will thrill you and create vivid memories. Night dives are available with plenty of coral and marine life to experience! Snorkeling is also very popular with many opportunities for day trips to the peaceful waters. A visit to Dry Tortugas National Park should also be on your list. Made up of seven small islands, it’s one of the world’s most unique eco-attractions. Its crown jewel, the historic Fort Jefferson, was once used as a prison during the Civil War. Snorkeling, swimming, and sunbathing are all popular activities here.
Roosters sneaking around town any time of the day, colorful buildings, shopping, rum tasting, and fun-loving people with great stories. This is what you’ll find in Key West. History is also abundant including Ernest Hemingway’s house and museum, the lighthouse museum and Pan Am’s first office. You’ll also come across lots of self-expression in creative menus, pastel art, jewelry, and music.
Get Around by Bike or on Foot
Key West is an extremely walkable town! There are also plenty of opportunities to borrow bikes from hotels or rent from local shops. It’s an easy way to get around and see the sights in a fun, unique way.
Boutique and Luxury Hotels
A variety of accommodations are available in Key West. As you might expect, there are attractive B&B-type Inns around town which provide a local flavor and home-like coziness. They have inspiring porches with swings and lush landscaping to chill with your morning coffee. Kimpton Hotels recently introduced 5 boutique hotels, each with their own unique style. Full-service hotels are also a great choice with beach access. They provide their guests with all of the amenities and conveniences of a luxury stay in Key West. Sunset Key is a gorgeous, luxury option on an island just a short boat ride away. Other great options: Ocean Key Resort, Margaritaville Key West, Casa Marina Key West, and Southernmost Beach Resort.
Key Lime Pie
A must. You’ll find plenty of chances to sample this famous delicacy in Key West. Many people set out on their own Key Lime Pie tasting adventure to decide whose variation they enjoy the most.
The Southernmost Point
A special feature of Key West is its location! 90 miles away from Cuba, Key West is the most southern point of the United States! It’s a thrill (and a great photo-op) to stand at the very tip of the US.
Key West is a famous place to watch the sun sink into the sea. People gather every night to spectate the day disappearing. Sometimes it’s a fire-orange sky, and sometimes a yellow glow, tracing into the water. It’s always a little bit different, and always worth the wait.
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