Things to do in Key West
The sun, the sea and the sand make a multitude of tourists flock to Key West every year. Here, the sunsets are more spectacular and the water a little more spectacular, it’s hard to believe we’re not in the Caribbean!
This special island has a particular way of life for those who call it home and those who are lucky enough to visit. This Conch Republic offers a relaxed, slower pace and island vibe all its own.
Located at the southernmost point of the United States, surrounded on one side by the Atlantic Ocean and on the other by the Gulf of Mexico, this island town is second to none. Key West is a paradise that attracts anyone and everyone. How many wonderful things can be done here surrounded by so much beauty in one day?
Here are at least five things to do in Key West on your next visit. And you’ll easily see that this island paradise can be dangerously addictive because you may never want to leave!
1. The most beautiful sunsets in Key West
In Key West, sunsets are so beautiful that crowds turn out to watch them every day. The best place to see them is Mallory Square. The fall of the Sun in the middle of the sea together with artists, jugglers, food and drinks for all tastes provide a unique and unforgettable experience. A place for romantics, and bohemians to come together. Two hours before sunset people gather on the pier celebrating a unique sky that shines in a color palette of red, pink, and orange… like a painting in the sky.
As the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico, an art festival springs into action. People from all over the world enjoy a gathering of street performers, food vendors and artists. There are musicians, magicians, clowns, jugglers, arts and crafts exhibitors, psychics and many more. Colorful and vibrant, this fusion of talents captivates everyone.
It’s really hard to describe the sunset at Mallory Square in words. The important thing is that this place is paradise and being here calls for such a big celebration that it has to happen every night! You have to experience it and that’s when you realize it’s so much more.
2. There is something for everyone to do in Key West.
Who wouldn’t want to visit paradise? Key West is a generous island. It’s all about selecting the right accommodations and there’s no reason why you can’t have it all. There is something for all tastes and for every budget.
Select a gem like Margaritaville Resort Marina. It is located along the waterfront of Old Town Key West, near the popular MallorySquare and Duval Street, the main street of Key West. There you stay in the heart of the city enjoying all the best that the destination offers.
Enjoy a cocktail at The Gardens, hotel with grounds so lush, so tropical, so inviting, that you won’t even want to leave to explore the rest of Key West!
Every morning, you can go out in search of the beach or the water sports that are offered to enjoy the warm sun and the fresh breeze or go shopping, eating and entertaining, with the endless opportunities.
Then, after a day of activity, it’s best to take a break in the spacious, modern and cozy rooms that feature magnificent views of the marina. Each offers great comfort, furnished in a contemporary style, with a natural color palette.
Amenities include luxury bedding, separate bathtub and premium bath products, Wi-Fi access, ceiling fan, balcony, jetted tub, sofa bed, and sitting area.
Aside from the beach, there’s an on-site pool, fitness center, spa, marina and water sports, and dining options. Really, what more could you ask for?
3. Food with a stunning view
As if the sights of nature weren’t enough, Key West also seduces visitors with delicious food in a magnificent setting. Bistro 245 is the place to dine, choose from Key West shrimp, exquisite Angus beef or fresh pasta to satisfy your cravings. Even the locals love this restaurant – which is to say how wonderful the place is.
This leads us to discover why Key West is also known as the Conch Republic. Here it is fished and it is sold in restaurants in different preparations and preparations, each one more delicious. Among the best places to find premium conch are Louie’s Backyard, Conch Republic Seafood Company, and Schooners Wharf.
Try Bahamian conch chowder with hot pepper sauce at Louie’s backyard, or you can try the fried conch at Conch Republic Seafood Company and Schooners Wharf to see which you like best. Very difficult decision since both are delicious.
Of course, all three restaurants offer beautiful views that allow you to appreciate your food amidst the stunning landscapes surrounding the island.
4. Experience the freedom of the ocean.
You can enjoy the magnificent waters of Key West in many ways. If you like the beach there are endless opportunities for you to relax. But if you want something more, Key West has it all too.
There are plenty of companies that offer sailing tours and cruises, with plenty of opportunities to snorkel over the coral reefs.
Probably the best part is the Florida Keys Coral Reef tour, the only living coral reef in North America. It is located seven miles off the coast of Key West and its shallow waters safely allow beginning snorkelers a hypnotic view of the richness of marine life. There is no age limit to enjoy this experience, from children to grandparents can find pleasure in it.
It is the ideal activity to do as a family.
5. Taste Cuba on American soil.
The closest distance between Cuba and Key West is only 103 miles. We can find in Key West the influence of Cuban culture. The most notable is the rum. During the time of prohibition, the rum trade flourished in Key West.
It can be said that the island was saved, thanks to Cuban rum. These days, Key West makes its own specialty rum for a perfect blend of Cuban and local influences.
We can say the same about Cuban cigars. Here, having a cigar is an experience. The tradition began in the mid-19th century when Cuban refugees flocked to its shores. It didn’t take long for Key West to become the Cigar Capital of the World.
Even now, you can still enjoy excellent Cuban-style cigars handcrafted from cured and aged tobacco leaves here. If you are a cigar connoisseur, this is definitely the place to be.