About Key West, Florida
Romantic. Adventurous. Lazy days in the sun and surf. Languid nights under the stars in a hammock. Dancing until the wee hours of the morning with new friends. Exploring the backwaters. Viewing the native wildlife. Dining on only the freshest seafood.
Key West beckons to all: come visit, relax, unwind, let go of the mainland for a while.
The southernmost city in the United States, Key West is actually closer to Cuba than it is to Miami; it’s also the last of the Florida Keys, a chain of islands that run out from the mainland. A balmy temperature year round, the mercury in Key West has never dropped below 41-degrees in recorded history, making it possible for year-round inhabitants to get by without ever purchasing cold weather clothing.
The entire island is a bird sanctuary, making it a haven for migrating and native sea birds and waterfowl, as well as drawing in bird watchers from around the globe. While there, bird-watching tourists may make the most of Key West’s enticing beaches, though few know – or remember – that the sand was shipped to Key West from Caribbean islands.
Things to Do in Key West
Whether you’re in Key West to relax or adventure – or a bit of each – the island offers many opportunities, including these Key West Attractions:
• Arts and Culture: dance, festivals, galleries, museums, music
• Boating and Time on the Water: watercraft rentals, paddle boards, kayaking, fishing, diving, snorkeling, scuba
• Eco-Tours: museums, exhibits, shipwrecks, wildlife, sea birds and shore birds, Dry Tortugas National Park
• Golfing: Key West Golf Club
• Shopping: souvenirs, mementos, art galleries, jewelry, clothing
• Relaxation and Pampering: spas, pedicures, facials, mud wraps, massage, aromatherapy
• Dining: Contemporary American Cuisine, fresh seafood, Cuban conch, sidewalk cafes, steaks, burgers, drinks, dinner cruises
Getting Around in Key West
Key West has a wide array of public transportation, likely with stops just feet from your place of lodging. You can choose from bicycles, pedi-cabs, tour trains, and trolleys, but many visitors to Key West prefer to stroll along on their feet, peering into store windows and admiring the unique architecture of the residential and commercial offerings including those historic buildings, soaking in the enchanting atmosphere of the island.
Places to Stay in Key West
Whether you are looking for the ultimate in luxury during your time in Key West, or prefer something a little more low-key and informal, Key West offers a wide array of lodging options, from resorts to RV and campgrounds, and including hotels, motels, guest houses, inns, and bed and breakfast options. You may also choose a rental for a long-term stay, including condos, homes, and cottages.
Fishing in Key West
Many visitors to Key West come for one specific reason: the fishing opportunities around here are some of the best in the world. Whether you are seeking offshore fishing, light tackle fishing, backcountry and flats fishing, or party boats, you have many choices of experienced, local captains to guide you to the ultimate locations.
Whatever draws you to Key West, however long you stay and whatever you choose to do on this amazing island, you will be surrounded by friendly people welcoming you with warm and inviting smiles.