As a vacation destination, Key West ticks all the boxes. It’s easy to get to from nearly every US airport. It offers a wide range of activities and dining experiences, there are museums and cultural landmarks for every interest, and the shopping can’t be beat. Get the details here so you can start planning your next vacation.
What is Key West Like?
While the Florida Keys’ popularity may ebb and flow; Key West has virtually never fallen from its height among Americans’ favorite choices for a vacation. Even during the coldest winter weather, Key West stays relatively mild as far as temperature and humidity. Despite its small size, the city boasts a broad range of accommodations that welcome travelers, from high-end and all-inclusive spa resorts to intimate bed and breakfasts, budget-friendly motels, and campgrounds. Most attractions are pretty close together, given the total square mileage of Key West, so getting around is convenient and you can really get a chance to see everything. Key West is home to multiple historic sites and landmarks, parks and beaches, and boutique shopping areas.
When Is the Best Time to Visit?
One of the great things about Key West is that it’s nearly always a good time to book your trip. High tourist season in Key West runs from December through April, followed closely by hurricane season that runs from June through November. Despite this, the city has a pretty good track record for welcoming all and dodging major storms. Temps generally peak in the mid-80s and sink into the 70s every night. The miracle of geography usually shields Key West from a direct hit from a hurricane, although big storms can graze the island. If the area’s beaches aren’t warm enough for you, nearly all resorts and hotels offer pools, while many bed and breakfasts and motels do.
What Are the Top Attractions in Key West?
Once you book a chartered fishing trip, such as with All In Fishing Charters, you’ll see why anglers head to Key West year after year. The wreck, reef, flats, and deep water fishing are known the world over for variety and quantity, including tuna, grouper, snapper, and more. And even if you’ve never held a fishing rod before, a charter fishing boat crew will welcome you and provide everything you need, from tackle to bait to pointers on how to fish, if you need them.
Beyond fishing, visitors flock to the many museums and cultural sites Key West has to offer. Enjoy walking through Ernest Hemingway’s home and tour the grounds for a look at the in-ground pool that made news at the time. See how shipwreck science continues to make it possible to recover riches from the ocean floor at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Walk the same paths that President Truman and world leaders walked at Truman’s Little White House. Or stroll the Key West Botanical Garden, which is the only ecosystem of its kind in the continental U.S., with specimen trees and shrubs. Popular destinations include the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and the Sheriff’s Animal Farm where guests can get up close to emus, turtles, horses, sheep and even snakes.
Which Are the Best Restaurants in Key West?
The Seaside Cafe and Bar at the Southernmost House Mansion is a great place for special occasion meals. Seating is practically on the beach while you can select among numerous seafood and pizza specialties with local flair. Guests rave about the honey butter lobster biscuits, lobster bianca pizza, and the caprese sandwich served on homemade bread.
No trip to Old Town Key West would be complete without a meal from Eaton Street Seafood Market and Restaurant for the area’s best lobster roll, fried fish basket or crab cake sandwich. The art deco exterior is eye-catching and makes it easy to spot, and the friendly staff make sure every guest leaves satisfied.
Try the tapas at Santiago’s Bodega, where rich woods and stained glass windows make the experience one of rustic elegance as you graze small plates and sip from handcrafted drinks. Try the chorizo, croquettas, beef carpaccio, and ceviche; top menu items include one-of-a-kind salads, too. For key lime pie, there’s nothing like the from-scratch flavors you’ll discover at Blue Heaven, and Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe. And last but not least, try the famous homemade pizza and gelato from Duetto’s.
See Key West for Yourself
The best way to get a feel for all that Key West has to offer is by seeing it for yourself and booking your next vacation here. It’s a warm and welcoming destination that single travelers, couples, families, and groups of friends can enjoy all year long, and there is enough to see and do to tempt even the most selective vacationer.