This blog post was updated on October 9, 2018.
Looking for a warm, relaxing midwinter getaway? Then Key West is your place.
An island located at the southernmost tip of the Florida Keys (and only about 90 miles from Cuba), Key West is synonymous with sun and fun, and you don’t need a passport to go there.
You can fly directly into the Key West International Airport. Or, you can find cheap flights to Miami or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport and drive down U.S. 1 into the Florida Keys. Another option is to take a passenger ferry from Fort Meyers Beach or Marco Island.
Where to Stay:
Since tourism is Key West’s bread and butter, there is not shortage of places to stay in a variety of price points. For starters, check out The Westin Key West Resort and Marina, Casa Marina Waldorf Astoria, Sunset Key Guest Cottages, or Little Palm Island Resort and Spa.
What to Do:
Relaxation is the name of the game in Key West. When you’re not lounging on a beach with a fruity cocktail in hand, head into old town to visit the museums, browse the shops and galleries or grab a drink and a great meal at one of the local restaurants. Adventurous travelers will enjoy the various eco-tours, kayaking tours and watersports (snorkeling, jet-skis, parasailing). Parks and beaches make the perfect spots for midday picnics or family hang out time. Or treat yourself to an unforgettable sunset boat tour.
Of course, Key West’s nightlife is, well, quite lively. There is an impressive number of bars and clubs to choose from, including favorites such as Green Parrot Bar, Aqua, Durty Harry’s and Hog’s Breath Saloon. Just head down to Duval Street and your sure to find someplace that suits your fancy.
CC Flickr photo credit: Michael Vito