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Key WestUnited States of America

Located at the southernmost tip of Florida, this sun-drenched, fun-loving island encourages visitors to leave their worries behind and embrace relaxation.

The laid-back Florida island of Key West specializes in relaxation and good times, luring visitors with its beaches, bars and tropical vibe. Hop between local art galleries, sip cooling cocktails in waterfront bars and celebrate the nightly sunset with other vacationers and island inhabitants.

Because of its natural deep water port, Key West became an economic and trading center during the 19th century. These days, tourism is the island’s principal industry and cruise ships often pull into port here.

Lounge on the largest public beach, Smathers, where palm fronds provide shade, or head to the small sandy South Beach, a former hangout spot for Tennessee Williams. Another good option is the artificial Higgs Beach, where plentiful amenities, including barbecues, picnic benches and a pier, draw crowds.

While beach or poolside lounging is an important facet of most Key West vacations, there is also lots to see and do here. View the Spanish colonial-style Hemingway House, where Ernest Hemingway lived from 1931 to 1940. Look for the unique six-toed cats that roam the property; some of these are descendants of Hemingway’s own six-toed feline, Snow White.

Take a walking tour to survey the interesting architecture of the island. Among the standout constructions are the Spanish mission-style San Carlos Institute; the Fort East Martello Museum, whose design echoes that of Martello towers; and the Little White House, where President Harry S. Truman used to stay.. As evening draws in, head to Mallory Square to join the crowds who come to watch the sunset, drink beer and listen to music. Many street performers can also be seen here. For more insight into local life, visit the Studios of Key West to view exhibits, listen to lectures and attend workshops.

Fly into Key West via Key West International Airport or take a bus or boat from Miami. To get around Key West itself, either rent a bike, a moped or a small electric car. Bus routes run across the keys and hop-on hop-off trolley services are also available.

Where to stay in Key West

Key West Historic District, Key West, Florida, United States of America

Key West Historic District

4.5/5Wonderful!(66 area reviews)

Travellers to Key West Historic District praise its fantastic nightlife. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to stop by Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

Key West Historic District
Key West showing a marina, a coastal town and general coastal views

Old Town

5/5Exceptional!(6 area reviews)

While visiting Old Town, you might make a stop by sights like Duval Street and South Beach.

Old Town
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory featuring flowers, zoo animals and animals

Uptown - Upper Duval

If you're spending some time in Uptown - Upper Duval, South Beach and Duval Street are top sights worth seeing.

Uptown - Upper Duval
Key West showing a marina, a coastal town and general coastal views

Downtown

While visiting Downtown, you might make a stop by sights like Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

Downtown
Mallory Square featuring signage, a square or plaza and outdoor art

Historic Seaport

If you're spending some time in Historic Seaport, Mallory Square and Duval Street are top sights worth seeing.

Historic Seaport
Harry S. Truman Little White House showing a house, a park and heritage elements

Truman Annex

If you're spending some time in Truman Annex, Duval Street and Harry S. Truman Little White House are top sights worth seeing.

Truman Annex

Top hotels in Key West

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is £212 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary ...

4.2/5Excellent! (2,486 reviews)

"We liked the location, the quiet end of Duvall St. But it was close enough to walk everywhere we wanted to go. The room was clean, and it was fine for us. Staff was friendly and helpful. I would recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Southernmost Beach Resort
Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
3.5 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
The price is £142 per night from 28 Sep to 29 Sep

Located in New Town, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Key West Naval Station and within 3 miles (5 km) of Higgs Beach and Duval Street. South Beach and Smathers ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,553 reviews)

"Lovely hotel, had a great time with my family. Highly recommend"…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Havana Cabana at Key West
24 North Hotel Key West
24 North Hotel Key West
4 out of 5
3820 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £116 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in New Town, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Key West Harbour, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key ...

4/5Very Good! (1,358 reviews)

"We loved the pool, the toasted coconut bar and most of all we LOVED the concierge Dea and Samantha! They were so helpful and both very sweet. They coordinated a lot of our reservations and provided many coupons and discounts to us. We had a great honeymoon! Only down side was that there were no cleaning ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

24 North Hotel Key West

Top Holiday Rentals in Key West

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
3.5 out of 5
200 Sunset Lane, Key West, FL
The price is £198 per night from 27 Sep to 28 Sep

Located in Old Town, this condo is steps away from Key West Museum of Art and History and Harry S. Truman Little White House. Duval Street and Mallory Square ...

4/5Very Good! (139 reviews)

"Overall stay was nice. Check out time too early, should be 11am. Also need to fix: Sanitizers should work and have sanitizer in the container, especially at the elevators."…"

Reviewed on 6 Sep 2020

Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
3 out of 5
1445 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL

Situated by the ocean, this condo is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Key West Naval Station and within 3 miles (5 km) of Smathers Beach and Higgs Beach. Key West Harbour ...

4/5Very Good! (629 reviews)

"Property was clean and nice. Staff was polite and friendly."…"

Reviewed on 21 Jul 2020

Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
Simonton Court Cottages
Simonton Court Cottages
3.5 out of 5
910 Simonton, Key West, FL
The price is £168 per night from 29 Sep to 30 Sep

Located in Key West Historic District, this cottage is within a 5-minute walk of Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. South Beach and Key West ...

3.5/5Good! (13 reviews)

"Great location. Clean and easy to find cozy setting."…"

Reviewed on 4 Dec 2019

Simonton Court Cottages

Popular places to visit in Key West

Duval Street
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Duval Street

4.5/5(47 reviews)

With a visit to Duval Street, a favourite shopping spot in Key West, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home. Wander the seaside or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Smathers Beach
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Smathers Beach

4/5(10 reviews)

Key West’s popular party beach has an electric atmosphere on the weekends and is a destination for water sports lovers.

Southernmost Point
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Southernmost Point

4/5(39 reviews)

Snap a memorable photograph from the edge of North America at this monumental landmark.

Mallory Square
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Mallory Square

4/5(36 reviews)

Arrive at this square at day’s end to find street performers, food carts and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the United States.

Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park

Separated from the mainland and encased by golden beaches and colorful coral reefs, this is a national park of fascinating ocean scenery.

South Beach
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South Beach

4.5/5(8 reviews)

The southernmost beach in the continental United States is a convenient sandy enclave, just minutes from the center of town.

Top things to do in Key West

Key West Express Day Trip from Miami
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Key West Express Day Trip from Miami

£59
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Power Adventure: All-day Watersports
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Power Adventure: All-day Watersports

£125
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Key West Conch Tour Train
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Key West Conch Tour Train

£29
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Snorkel Adventure of Coral Reef
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Snorkel Adventure of Coral Reef

£35
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Key West Afternoon Snorkel With Open Well Bar
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Key West Afternoon Snorkel With Open Well Bar

£38
Per adult
88% of travellers recommend
Half-Day Cruise from Key West with Kayaking and Snorkeling
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Half-Day Cruise from Key West with Kayaking and Snorkeling

£68
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Reviews of Key West

4.6

Top Destination

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4 - Good 35.61643835616438%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Nice place but the evenings in ducal street were a little too rowdy and not at all a place for a romantic evening.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Beautiful Laid back Welcoming people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Skooners wharf was great for dinner with a great live reggae singer

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Jan 2020

Great atmosphere. Good to go once to see. Beaches were a let down.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

Love the place, plenty of sites to see as you wander around. Particularly love the beautiful houses in the old town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Friendly people, beautiful weather and interesting.

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