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Key West

The southernmost point of the Florida Keys combines sun, sea, scenic nature, and even some Ernest Hemingway.

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Top 10 things to do in Key West

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

    1. 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

    2. 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

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

    6. 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

    7. 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

    8. 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

    9. 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

    10. 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 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

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,687 reviews

What a wonderful way to see all of the highlights of Key West for a first time visitor. Bob, our guide was friendly, cheerful, and knowledgeable. Well worth the cost of a ticket. Being able to ride all day was a pleasant surprise. We went the entire route, had lunch, then boarded again to revisit some sites.

Our crew was knowledgeable and entertaining. Our kids had lots of questions about sharks, and we had lots of worries about our kids jumping off the boat in the middle of the Atlantic on such a choppy day. We felt safe in their care and enjoyed ourselves immensely. Thank you so much!

I loved the seating option, had the best seat. I liked adding gratuity on-line. The ship was beautiful and the Capt and crew were so nice. Best sunset cruise ever! I liked the smaller more quiet crowd.

We had such a great time on our trip. The staff was great and the ride and the snorkeling was awesome. The sunset was uneventful due to the weather but that’s not their fault. Enjoyed it

Great cruise. Great crew. Had a very good time on the sunset cruise in Key West. Would do it again next time I visit.