If you need a little sun, sand and relaxation, Key West, Florida won’t disappoint you! A popular place to visit—there’s a reason why people come back here, year after year.
Whether you’re bringing the family or going on a girls’ trip or a romantic getaway, there are enough attractions in Key West to keep everyone happy and entertained. While there are so many places to stay in Key West, as well as so many great things to do and eat, we’ll just give you some ideas to help spring board your trip ideas to this sunny piece of paradise.
But let’s start with the attractions in Key West, first. That’s what will have you packing your bags quickly for some major vitamin D and relaxation!
Attractions in Key West, Florida
It doesn’t matter if you’re an artsy gal or an outdoorsy type of dude, there is something for everyone in Key West.
Their beaches alone are a treat for someone who just needs to get away and relax! Some of the most loved beaches are the Dog Beach, perfect for a person who needs to bring his or her canine on the trip, and South Beach, which is a local favorite, hands down, but keep in mind—South Beach doesn’t have any restrooms or facilities. If you’re a yoga fan, Rest Beach has a yoga deck with classes held most nights, and a place to picnic. Get glorious on the ocean and rent a boat the Key West marina too—you can pretend it’s yours for the day!
These Key West beaches are definitely worth a visit—but if you want to do more than just soak up the gorgeous sun, let these ideas inspire you:
- Dolphin Sightings: Love the idea of seeing Flipper? There are plenty of places to call for a sighting of these loved creatures. Companies like Dolphin Safari Charters or Dream Catcher Adventure Charters will take you snorkeling and sightseeing to catch a dolphin or two with your own eyes!
- Ecotourism or Kayaking: You can get wild on the water here with one of the many companies who specialize in giving visitors the time of their lives on water, like Key West Water Tours!
Arts & Entertainment:
- A Night at the Theater: Waterfront Playhouse has musicals, concerts, comedies and dramas for those of you that love to be entertained. This not-for profit playhouse has won Best Professional Theater in the state of Florida at least twice!
- A little Art Please: Visit these art shops or galleries that locals and visitors love:
- Archeo Gallery
- Burning Bread Gallery
- Carmen’s Gallery
- Florida Keys Community College Gallery
- Haitian Art Gallery
- Key West Art Center
- Key West Museum of Art & History
- Seaport Gallery
- And more!
- Feed Me: You’ll want to eat when you visit Key West and here are some of the names of the most popular places to eat in Key West:
- Camille’s Restaurant
- Nine One Five Bistro & Wine Bar
- Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill
- Little Palm Island
- Mangia Mangia
- Margaritaville Café
These ideas just barely break the surface of all the things to do, see and eat in lovely Key West.
To wrap up our little tour guide, let’s give you some great ideas of places to stay.
Places To Stay In Key West, FL
In general, when you visit Key West, rates go up between Christmas and Easter as there are many people looking to escape the cold and get some much-needed sun! If you come down during Fantasy Fest or the lobster season, you may also pay a higher price. You’ll get great prices and fewer crowds if you plan to stay around early fall up to December (before Christmas). From gay friendly accommodations to pet-friendly hotels, B&B’s, and fancy resorts, there are plenty of places to choose from.
Here are some recommended places to stay when you visit:
- La Concha Key West
- Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel
- Ambrosia Key West– *pet-friendly
- Banyan Resort
- Casa Marina
- H20 Suites
- Historic Key West Inns
- Sugarloaf Lodge
- Island House for Men-* gay men resort
No matter where you choose to stay, you’ve got plenty of options to visit Key West and enjoy the utter beauty of the Atlantic Ocean.