There is some excellent shopping in Key West, if you know where to look. Skip the crass t-shirt and trinket shops and seek out these charming boutiques.

A tree hidden gem, Besame Mucho is one of the most delightful shops on the island.

A true hidden gem, Besame Mucho is one of the most delightful shops on the island.

Historic Duval Street in Old Town Key West offers the best people watching, eating and drinking and, most importantly, the best shopping in South Florida. Everybody who comes to the island eventually gets around to cruising this street, where some of the most unusual and original shops offer something for everyone.

Anchored at one end by Mallory Square and at the other by the southernmost point in the United States, Duval Street’s boutiques and gift shops are as much of the local charm as the gorgeous sunsets.

Whatever you want to purchase is probably available somewhere on Duval & at almost any hour you want to do it. Though there are plenty of tacky tee shirt shops peddling items of questionable taste, there are dozens of fine stores selling the excellent work of local artists and craftspeople.

National chain stores such as Banana RepublicCoach and Express have moved in and satisfy some of the shopping needs in a town that does not boast even a single mall.

A genuine Key West shopping experience is Key West Aloe, at 419 Duval Street, who for over 35 years has made natural aloe products to protect, soothe and moisturize your skin the way nature intended.

Off Duval you will find the charming, well-curated, and unique Besame Mucho at 315 Petronia Street, offering a romantic collection of international delights including French beauty products, exotic chocolate, housewares, and original jewelry. And don’t miss The Key Lime Shop, located at the corner of Greene Street & Elizabeth Street which, as the name implies, makes and sells items made from the legendary local citrus fruit. Caroline Street is another colorful Old Town street with eye-popping shops such as Local ColorBlue, and Global Nomad.

If you are interested in original designs for your home,  visit Glass Reunions on Duval Street. You’ll find the incredible work of noted stained-glass artist Greg McDonald, whose exquisite arts and crafts genre lamps are found in only a few galleries worldwide.

If you are looking for something truly different, and need a local’s advice, call Key West Travel Guide’s toll-free number at 877 INFO KEY or click here to send us a note