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

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

  • Saturday May 23, 2020 – Scattered Thunderstorms; 0% chance of precipitation; 84° high/77° low; wind East 16mph; 75% humidity
  • Sunday May 24, 2020 – Thunderstorms; 80% chance of precipitation; 81° high/76° low; wind East-southeast 14mph; 81% humidity
  • Monday May 25, 2020 – Thunderstorms; 80% chance of precipitation; 84° high/78° low; wind Southeast 16mph; 80% humidity
  • Tuesday May 26, 2020 – Thunderstorms; 80% chance of precipitation; 84° high/78° low; wind South-southeast 11mph; 80% humidity
  • Wednesday May 27, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 50% chance of precipitation; 85° high/79° low; wind East-southeast 9mph; 77% humidity
  • Thursday May 28, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 40% chance of precipitation; 85° high/79° low; wind East 10mph; 75% humidity
  • Friday May 29, 2020 – Morning Thunderstorms; 40% chance of precipitation; 84° high/78° low; wind East 11mph; 75% 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

SNUBA

  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

Boat Ferry to Ft. Jefferson & the Dry Tortugas

Full-day trip from Key West to the Dry Tortugas which includes breakfast, lunch, and snorkeling

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