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There's always a celebration going on in Key West, even if it's just for the sunset! The southernmost point of the Florida Keys is a haven for seekers of sun, sea, sand – and margaritas! Here's what to see and do on your visit.

Ernest Hemingway’s House

Ernest Hemingway’s House

Hemingway loved Key West! Tours of his 19th-century home reveal stunning hibiscus gardens, a grand swimming pool, and the study where he wrote "To Have and Have Not."

Southernmost Point Buoy

Southernmost Point Buoy

The famous concrete buoy that marks "90 miles to Cuba" is a sightseeing favorite with a dark secret – it's actually 94 miles away!

Mallory Square
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Mallory Square

Even if you're not in Key West for the nightlife, be sure to join the island's jugglers, musicians, and acrobats for the Old Town's Sunset Celebration. It happens every evening!

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory

It's considered good luck if one of the 2,000 butterflies at the conservatory happens to land on you! See cocoons and even flamingos at one of Key West's most colorful attractions.

Watersports

Watersports

You didn't come to Key West for the dry land, did you? The Florida Keys' clear ocean waters are perfect for snorkelling, kayaking, and fishing.

Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

The historic Fort Jefferson complements a snorkelling sweet spot spread across seven remote islands. Whether you go by seaplane or ferry, make time for a day-trip!

Higgs Beach

Higgs Beach

If you fancy a more relaxing time by the water then head to Higgs Beach, the perfect place to soak up some sun. Don't miss the stunning Atlantic panorama from its pier!

Mel Fisher Museum
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Mel Fisher Museum

This museum barely registers on the tourism radar, but it should! Its engrossing artifacts were all salvaged from shipwrecks and weave together a history of maritime tradition.

St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum
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St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

In a similar vein, the history of piracy is told here through its own heirlooms – among them Blackbeard's blunderbuss and one of only three surviving authentic Jolly Rogers!

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park

Key West's best beach is famous not just for its pristine white sand, but for its Civil War fort. Take a tour of the historic monument, then cool your feet by the coral reef!

Planning Your Key West Visit

Where is it?

Key West is an island city in the Florida Keys archipelago. It is the southernmost city in the United States.

How many days?

Key West is perfect for a weekend break. Ideally, try incorporating it into a longer island-hopping tour of the Florida Keys!

How to get there?

Key West has its own international airport, but you can also reach it via the scenic Overseas Highways (U.S. Route 1) from Miami. There are also shuttle buses available from Miami Internation Airport.

Good to know

  • Language
    English
  • Currency
    USD ($)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    +1
  • Best time to visit
    It's best to visit from March to May, in between the expensive, touristy peak season, and hurricane season.

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What people are saying about Key West

5:30, get up and wash 6:00, wait for bus 120 near Washington Ave (Beware that, most of the bus do not show bus number, but the direction, for example, mine is 'To downtown') 6:40, get to pickup point (just follow google and the location is right, just wait at the small store around the croner) 7:15, many people come and wait here 7:16, the bus with 'Xcursions USA' is coming. The the stuff start to call the roll and tell us that the bus will departure at 7:45, we can go have breakfeast or wait near by. a. I suggest to prepare your breackfast by yourself, there is only one store open b. If you want to go to the restroom before on board, there are in the market, 'Men' on the first floor, 'Women' on the second floor. 7:40, call the roll again and start to board. (You can sit anywhere according to your layer, the font 2 lines are researved for 10 dollars each person. .) a. No need to buy the ticket, other widow sit is also good b. Normally left side window site will have better view.

The trip to Key West was very pleasant and comfortable. Definitely will recommend this tour and also the staff that were very nice. The guided tour on board the bus gave us a lot of information and fun facts, also is a very nice place to spend the afternoon because you have a variety of things to do.

The staff was really nice and attentive. I like we were provided with the gear, sodas and beers as well as the music they played on the way back. The whole experience was amazing. We could see the corals which is also amazing. The instructor explanations were clear.

Key West 3-Hour Snorkeling Adventure Reviewed by Maria Magdalena, 03/15/2020

The island was very colorful, alive and touristic, but the driving of 4 hours for each directions are hard. Plus the guides talk too much on the microphone which makes it hard to sleep.

Exceptional Experience! Highly recommended! Will take this cruise again when we return, May be looking for repeat performance with the Net York crew this summer when she returns home.