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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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