Key West Travel Guide

Complete guide for things to do & see in Key West. Plan to enjoy island life.

Coronavirus Update

Due to the threat of corona virus, all visitors must postpone visiting the Florida Keys and Key West. Only residents and deliveries are permitted to drive into the Florida Keys.

All hotels, bars, restaurants, attractions, and tours are now closed.

Stay well and we look forward to the day when we can welcome you back.

Aerial view of historic Old Town Key West
Cat jumping through fire hoop at Mallory Square
Custom House, the location of the Key West Art & Historical Museum
The Hemingway House, where Ernest lived while writing in Key West
Seaplane at rest on the beach adjacent to Fort Jefferson
Charterboat with catch of mutton snapper in Key West
Row of pastel colored Key West houses
Blue Heaven restaurant, famous for its authentic Key West atmosphere and towering Key Lime pie
Turquoise blue water surrounds much of the island of Key West
Key West artist at work painting a mural
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Key West, Florida

Key West's most photographed spot, the Southernmost Marker.Laid 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

  • Thursday April 9, 2020 – Partly Cloudy; 10% chance of precipitation; 82° high/76° low; wind West 10mph; 74% humidity
  • Friday April 10, 2020 – Mostly Sunny; 10% chance of precipitation; 83° high/76° low; wind West 11mph; 78% humidity
  • Saturday April 11, 2020 – Mostly Sunny; 10% chance of precipitation; 84° high/79° low; wind East 8mph; 75% humidity
  • Sunday April 12, 2020 – Sunny; 10% chance of precipitation; 85° high/79° low; wind Southeast 18mph; 78% humidity
  • Monday April 13, 2020 – Sunny; 10% chance of precipitation; 85° high/79° low; wind South-southeast 14mph; 79% humidity
  • Tuesday March 14, 2020 – Sunny; 10% chance of precipitation; 85° high/79° low; wind South-southeast 14mph; 80% humidity
  • Wednesday April 15, 2020 – Sunny; 10% chance of precipitation; 85° high/78° low; wind South-southwest 10mph; 78% 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”

Fun things to do in Key West

Ultimate Watersports Package

Ultimate Watersports Package

Six-hour trip includes breakfast & lunch, beverages, snorkeling the coral reef, sailing, parasailing, jetskis, kayaks, and big water toys
Backcountry Snorkel, Kayak, & Sail

Backcountry Snorkel, Kayak, & Sail

Instead of visiting the reef in the Atlantic, this trip heads to the Gulf Side for snorkeling smaller patch reefs and exploring the mangroves with kayaks.
Private Snorkeling Charters

Private Snorkeling Charters

Have the boat and Captain to yourself, allowing for custom trips to suit your wishes. Six passenger limit on these vessels.
SNUBA

SNUBA

Snorkeling, but you can breath underwater thanks to scuba air tanks floating on the surface.
SCUBA Diving

SCUBA Diving

With some of the world's best warm-water wreck and reef diving, Key West is a great place to scuba dive.
Parasailing in Key West

Parasailing in Key West

Tethered by parachute to a slow moving boat, it's an exciting way to get a bird's-eye view of Key West and the ocean.
Party Boat Fishing

Party Boat Fishing

Fish with a large group for snapper, grouper, and other pan fish. Stable boat provides inexpensive fishing trip.
Flats Fishing

Flats Fishing

Stalk bonefish, tarpon, and permit in the shallow, calm water of Key West's backcountry.
Deep Sea Fishing

Deep Sea Fishing

Key West deep-sea fishing is world class - legendary for large and powerful game fish.
Kayak Tours

Kayak Tours

Easy and rewarding kayaking trips that explore offshore mangrove islands and seagrass habitat.
Glassbottom Boats

Glassbottom Boats

Explore the coral reefs, located six miles offshore of Key West, aboard an air-conditioned, glass bottom vessel.
Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Encounters

See local Key West dolphins in the wild & up close. Swim and snorkel nearby patch coral reef.
Bike Tour

Bike Tour

Relaxing, laid-back bicycle tour in the historic quarter of Key West, sampling wild grown island fruit along the way.
Dry Tortugas Camping

Dry Tortugas Camping

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

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