6 Things to Do and See in Key West

If you’re limited on downtime but big on adventure, a 3 day get-away is just enough to do and see the unique Key West experience. Key West is adorably small (only 2 miles by 4 miles) so you can turn off your GPS and unleash yourself and give in to the spontaneity of life. With everything so close, there’s plenty of hours in the day (and night) to have at least 6 peak vacation experiences you’ll treasure for years to come.

Whether you want to rev up your romance or just break loose and take in the easy vibe, a mini-vacation to Key West can be as action-packed or laid-back as you want it to be. If you prefer to arrive by car, you can make it a road trip from Ft. Lauderdale or Miami and enjoy the marvelous drive through the 1000 islands of the Florida Keys. If you’re set on squeezing every ounce of time you have at your final destination then you can fly into Key West’s exotic little hometown ‘international’ airport. However you get here, be sure to allow time in your packed-in itinerary for exploring the sea as well as the land… after all you’ll be on an island!


Authentic vacation rentals: Forget the shiny new hotels, and experience the real Key West by staying in a renovated historic property. Since your stay is short, you’ll probably want to be as close to Duval Street or the seaport as possible. Choose from historic cottages, villas, suites, penthouses, estates, townhouses, or even rental compounds, if a group of you decide to come.


Delve into Key West’s full-blown culinary scene. Choose from the finest gourmet dining to delicious authentic Cuban fare, to local seafood on the beach. Key West is famous for its happening bars where they spin Margaritas and serve the best martinis. You’ll also find fine wine tasting opportunities poured by knowledgeable wine purveyors. It’s generally not necessary to make reservations days in advance for dining, but most restaurants have websites so you can check out their menus and reviews and reserve in advance if you prefer. Where ever you dine, be sure to taste some key lime pie!


Don’t worry about drinking and driving. You can map out your nightlife itinerary and walk, ride a bike, or take a pedicab from club to bar and experience several entertainment scenes in a night. Key West has nationally recognized nightlife and is equally as famous for its diversity of clubs to meet the tastes and desires of everyone. And, if you don’t want to party, you stroll around the historic neighborhoods and can go on a ghost tour and learn about the lore and legend


Go on at least one sunset sail on a wooden tall ship or sailing yacht that’s docked at the Historic Seaport Harbor. And there’s nothing like taking a seaplane out 60 miles to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas to invigorate your senses. You may want to plan a day at one of Key West’s many Bahamas-style beaches to swim and snorkel or take a catamaran trip on our to the reef. You can see living coral reefs and tropical fish not far from the shore.


Follow the tales of legends and visit the Hemingway House, the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum, and the Custom House. Catch a live theater performance at the Red Barn or the Waterfront Theater. Every night you can watch the street performers at Key West’s Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square.


Shop unique clothing boutiques, artisan jewelers, one-of-a-kind island crafts, original art and photography, home furnishings, antiques, hand-rolled cigars, or funky souvenirs. Local shops are interspersed with restaurants, bars, and spontaneous street happenings on this tiny island, so you don’t really need to plan to shop. It will just ‘naturally’ happen.

Key West has so many things going on, your short get-away will only be limited by your imagination. One thing is for sure, once you’ve tasted and experienced what the island has to offer, you’ll want to come back and stay much longer next time.

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