Cat jumping through flaming hoop during the nightly Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square

The Custom House, home to the Key West Art & Historical Society museum

View of the entrance to the Hemingway House, home to one of Key West's famous resident writers

Seaplane at the beach of Dry Tortugas National Park

Captain and angler enjoying a large catch while fishing in Key West

View of charming Key West cottages, painted in pasted colors

View of entrance to Blue Heaven, one of Key West's most iconic restaurants

View of the aqua-blue ocean that surrounds the island of Key West

Artist at work painting a large mural of historic maritime scenery

Fresh seafood, like lobster and shrimp, are plentiful in Key West

View of the New Year's Eve party on Duval Street with famed drag queen

Key West Travel Guide


Mask Up, Key West notification

The Florida Keys and Key West will be re-opening to visitors beginning Monday June 1, 2020.  Key West has managed to keep the COVID-19 pandemic from getting out of control on the island by working together as a community and social distancing, wearing masks, cleaning high-touch surfaces, and shutting down tourism.  In an effort to keep you safe, and with the fact that Key West has very limited hospital resources, there are important new rules that must be followed: 

  • UPDATED July 13, 2020: Effective immediately, every person over the age of six, while physically located in the City of Key West and who is away from their residence, is required to wear a mask, regardless of whether social distancing is maintained. If you are anywhere in public, you must wear a mask.
  • Masks that cover the mouth and nose MUST be worn while inside any business, on public transportation, and while on-the-job. Anyone who does not wear a mask will not be permitted to enter a business and are subject to fines and penalties.  If you cannot abide by this simple precaution, then do NOT visit the Florida Keys and Key West. 
  • All people arriving by airplane at Key West Airport from any area with substantial community spread (including New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut) will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from their time entering the State of Florida.
  • Hotels and lodging will be open with under 50% occupancy suggested.  However, visitors from “hot spot” areas should not be making reservations until July.  International guests are not permitted to make reservations at this time.
  • Restaurants are able to re-open but must keep indoor occupancy to no more than 50% and tables must be at least 6-feet apart and limited to no more than 10 people.
  • Bars are (once again) CLOSED throughout the State of Florida, including Key West, as of June 26, 2020
  • UPDATE July 17, 2020: The Monroe County Board of County Commissioners will implement a countywide closure of restaurants and bars nightly from 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. and will prohibit alcohol package sales nightly from 11 p.m. until 7 a.m. (in conjunction with the normal 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. alcohol sale ban) starting on Friday, July 24 and extending through Wednesday, August 19. (This means restaurants must be closed at 11 p.m. with no patrons left in the business.)
  • The Dry Tortugas seaplane has resumed operations and flights are now available to reserve
  • Fantasy Fest 2020 HAS BEEN CANCELLED (You should also expect that all major events will likely be cancelled for the rest of 2020)

Key West, Florida

The Southernmost buoy, a favorite place for a memorable Key West photoLaid back, free-spirited, artistic, quirky, and scenic, Key West is one of the most unique places in the United States. Known for its live-and-let-live attitude, tropical climate, and seemingly continuous happy hour, this tiny Florida Keys island has been welcoming visitors seeking a vacation from the normal for two centuries.

Since its earliest days, people have come to the end of the Florida Keys island chain to fish, write, carouse, and rejuvenate. From the famous, including Ernest Hemingway, John J Audubon, and Tennessee Williams – to infamous, Key West has always been a place where you can be yourself, find yourself, or re-invent yourself.

Key West Travel Guide is an extensive, up-to-date guide packed with local information and concierge advice.

Learn from the local experts about restaurants, hotels, nightlife, boat cruises, attractions, and other fun things to do in Key West.

Best Wishes from Key West,
-Gordon & Dave

This Week’s Weather

  • Tuesday August 4, 2020 – Partly Cloudy; 20% chance of precipitation; 91° high/83° low; wind West-southwest 6mph; 70% humidity
  • Wednesday August 5, 2020 – Isolated Thunderstorms; 30% chance of precipitation; 88° high/83° low; wind Southeast 7mph; 75% humidity
  • Thursday August 6, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 88° high/83° low; wind Southeast 8mph; 75% humidity
  • Friday August 7, 2020 – Mostly Sunny; 20% chance of precipitation; 88° high/83° low; wind East 9mph; 74% humidity
  • Saturday August 8, 2020 – Isolated Thunderstorms; 30% chance of precipitation; 87° high/82° low; wind East 12mph; 74% humidity
  • Sunday August 9, 2020 – Scattered Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 87° high/83° low; wind East 11mph; 74% humidity
  • Monday August 10, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 87° high/82° low; wind East 11mph; 74% humidity

Quick facts about Key West

  • Date first explored: 1521,
    Ponce de Leon visits Dry Tortugas
  • Date as a U.S. territory: 1822
  • Size: 2 x 4 miles
  • Population: 24,909
  • Average hi/lo temperature, winter (F): 76°/66°
  • Average hi/lo temperature, summer (F): 89°/80°
  • Sunny or partly-sunny days per year: 259
  • Area code: 305
  • Zip code: 33040
  • Distance from Miami: 160 miles
  • Distance from Cuba: 90 miles
  • Geographic fact: Southernmost point in the U.S.
  • Official motto: “All people are equal members of One Human Family”

Recommendations for Fun Things to Do in Key West

Waverunner Jet Ski Tours

  Have an absolute BLAST zooming across the water…all the way around the island of

Sunset Cruise – Glass Bottom Boat

  A great view – above and below deck. Air-conditioned comfort on this Key West

Sunset Sail – Wind & Wine

  An upscale sunset cruise aboard a traditional working schooner – serving premium wine, beer,

Sunset Sails – Schooners & Tall Ships

  Hoist the sails – if you’d like to lend a hand – aboard the

Sunset Sail – Booze Cruise

  Boat trip to see the Key West sunset  – with beverages and an island

Sunset Booze Cruise Concert

  Trop-rock into the sunset on a sailboat! Includes free-flowing beer, wine, margaritas, and snacks


  Like snorkeling, but you can breath underwater thanks to scuba air tanks floating on

Traditional Sailboat Snorkel

  Smaller group, impressive mono-hull sailboat, offering relaxed snorkel trips to the reef This elegant

Private Snorkeling Charters

  Have the boat and Captain to yourself, allowing for custom trips to suit your

Catamaran Snorkeling Trips

  Large and stable sailboats provide comfortable and affordable reef snorkeling trips in Key West

Backcountry Snorkel, Kayak, Sail

  This trip visits the Gulf of Mexico side of Key West where you’ll snorkel

Ultimate Watersports Package

  Six-hour trip includes breakfast & lunch, beverages, snorkeling the coral reef, sailing, parasailing, jetskis,

Parasailing in Key West

  Tethered by parachute to a slow moving boat, it’s an exciting way to get

Deep Sea Fishing

  Key West deep-sea fishing is world class – legendary for large and powerful game

Flats Fishing Charters

  Stalk bonefish, hunt tarpon, and outsmart permit in the shallow waters of Key West’s

Light Tackle Fishing

  Catch snapper, grouper, tarpon, and more on these versatile Key West fishing charters Light-tackle

Party Boat Fishing

  Fish with a group for snapper, grouper, and other pan fish. Stable boat provides

Glass-Bottom Boat Tour

  Explore the coral reefs, located six miles offshore of Key West, aboard an air-conditioned,

Kayak Tours

  Easy and rewarding kayaking trips that explore offshore mangrove islands and seagrass habitat There

Dry Tortugas Camping

  Information for camping in Dry Tortugas National Park, including campsite map, regulations, and advice.

Seaplane to Fort Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas

Fly from Key West to the Dry Tortugas islands, land on the water, and hop

Dolphin Encounters

  See local Key West dolphins in the wild & up close. Swim and snorkel

Bike Tour

  Relaxing, laid-back bicycle tour in the historic quarter of Key West, sampling wild grown