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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

Key West was great, other things not so much.

We loved Key West, and the bus was a great way to do it. Six hours was a nice amount of time to be there. However, our guide was pretty grumpy. Our stop for breakfast was terrible- two buses inundated a tiny gas station area with three grimy fast food places. We spent most of the time in line and after we got our food were told to eat it outside, which was just standing in the parking lot or sitting on the curb. Lovely. Some bus seats were broken and were stuck in the reclining position, which made for uncomfortable seating. My recommendation would be to bring your own breakfast to eat at the breakfast stop (no eating on the bus). Otherwise, it was a good experience and the price was right.

From Miami: Day Trip to Key West by Shuttle Bus Reviewed by Anonymous, 03/13/2019

This was an amazing day and well worth doing

It was an early start but worth it. They stop off for breakfast along the way and then head straight to Key West from there. It's an amazing journey and very relaxing. We had over 6 hours in Key West and I loved every minute of it. Excursions are offered which can be booked from the coach (but not connected to the coach trip) so if there are things you want to do they are easy to arrange. You are also provided with a map of Key West which was very helpful. There is plenty of time to take in the atmosphere, enjoy a meal and what Key West has to offer. All in all it was a very relaxing and very enjoyable day which I would recommend.

Water conditions sucked but the crew was great

Great crew, great boat, had fun but the conditions were not good. 2-3' chop and very advanced open water swimming skills required. Some effort was made to warn people and offer cancellations but many people were over their heads out there. I'm an experienced snorkeler and swimmer and I had a tough time. The reef was disappointing - very mono-tone and lacking in things to see. Still, we will book the trip again and hope for better water conditions. Very fun, professional staff on the boat!

Key West 3-Hour Snorkeling Adventure Reviewed by Joel, 02/14/2018

The crew did a great job getting us airborne!!!

Bro & Broski did a very good job taking care of us and getting us up in the air and making it exciting for my niece who never sailed b4! She was so excited and we had so much fun down there in Key West that I highly recommend your crew and we will return soon to have you guys get us aloft!!! You guys play good music to get everybody in the mood for some rappin regèé and having fun in the sun, chillin&thrillin

Key West Parasailing Reviewed by Denise, 07/14/2018

Very comfortable and family friendly boat

Snorkeling was not the best. The barrier Rief was closed due to weather. So, we went to a smaller rief. Nothing compared to Cozumel. However, I enjoyed the experience. Boat was comfortable and the crew very professional. I also felt very safe, they were very good in that respect in terms of water safety and precautions.