Key West

Travel Guide
Key West

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

Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
4 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is £225 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Key West. Enjoy free parking, breakfast and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,384 reviews)
"The place is amazing beautiful and friendly"

Reviewed on 17 May 2022

Havana Cabana at Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is £316 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Key West. Enjoy breakfast, room service and a 24-hour fitness centre. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,164 reviews)
"I really enjoyed my stay & was very pleased. I felt very safe. Things that I think would be more helpful , would be to have a larger food menu in their restaurant & a larger variety of gifts in the gift shop."

Reviewed on 15 May 2022

Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
4 out of 5
5950 Peninsular Avenue, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is £228 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Key West. Enjoy 6 outdoor pools, a marina and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (2,000 reviews)
"Cleanliness , plants and the location."

Reviewed on 16 May 2022

Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Carey's Corner #10 // Second Floor Small Studio at The Galleria
Carey's Corner #10 // Second Floor Small Studio at The Galleria
Key West, FL
The price is £214 per night from 2 Jun to 3 Jun
Stay at this apartment in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, a patio and a TV. Popular attractions Southernmost Point and Duval Street are located nearby. Discover genuine ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Small and perfect place to rest and sleep during our stay in Key West."

Reviewed on 25 Apr 2022

Carey's Corner #10 // Second Floor Small Studio at The Galleria
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, 33040
The price is £312 per night from 1 Jun to 2 Jun
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (206 reviews)
"Super location. Very nice property. Only criticism we would have is no balcony in this studio unit."

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2022

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, 33040
Stay at this 3-star condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (699 reviews)
"Our apartment was great, Marina great, employs great!! Fantastic stay! A bit disappointed with hot tub, pools ok. Over all a great place!! Thank you!!"

Reviewed on 12 May 2022

Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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