Key West travel guide

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You're Going to Love Key West

If you love tropical sunshine, gourmet seafood, water sports, fishing, shopping, and cocktail bars, Key West is definitely the destination for you.

America’s southernmost city is also one of its vacation hotspots. Part of that appeal is nature’s bounty. The warm Caribbean waters around the island teem with fish, attracting sport fishing fans and divers to explore its vibrant, colorful reefs.

What’s more, the catch from these waters is also turned into magical seafood dishes by expert chefs at local favorites like the Half Shell Raw Bar, Square One, and A&B Lobster House.

Key West is also a party destination. Spring Break sees the island come alive with parties, and Fantasy Fest in October is the island’s equivalent of Mardi Gras. The fashion stores and outlets on Duval Street will delight shoppers, while there’s even something to satisfy literature fans, in the shape of Ernest Hemingway’s house.

It’s the kind of destination that guarantees a good time, so book your flight and accommodation and relax beneath the tropical sun.

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When to Visit Key West

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Key West is a tropical destination, which means that there’s a rainy and a dry season (and a hurricane season too). The best time to visit is probably between January and May. As summer approaches, the weather becomes much more humid, while from January the rains fall away, leaving bright, warm, dry conditions. However, this is also peak vacation season. If you want to avoid festival crowds, try a break in September or October, when prices will be lower and the island will be more relaxed. Then again, if partying is your aim, there aren’t many more lively Spring Break destinations.

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How to Get to Key West

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Where to Stay in Key West

Key West has plenty of high-quality accommodation available, from cosy guesthouses to luxury resort hotels. Angelina Guesthouse (302 Angela St) provides a welcoming service at affordable prices, as does the Curry Mansion Inn (511 Caroline Street), which hires a piano player to entertain guests every afternoon. For a conventional resort hotel, the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa is hard to beat (601 Front Street), but the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa (1 Duval Street) offers a comparable level of luxury and comfort within a few minutes walk from the shore. Couples and singles will feel at home in the adult-oriented Cypress House (601 Caroline Street), while families might like Chelsea House (709 Truman Ave), a pet friendly option with charming Victorian architecture.

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The Cost of Living in Key West

Key West isn’t a cheap place to stay or live, with a cost of living index of 150 relative to the average American town (which would score 100). Then again, some items aren’t much more expensive than anywhere else. Expect to pay $15 for a cheap meal, $2.50 for 12 eggs and about $12 for a bottle of wine. The main cost is accommodation and housing, which tends to be far above the national average.

Shopping Streets

Duval Street is the island’s premier shopping street and is home to major stores like Banana Republic, Birkenstock and Kai-Kai. There are also smaller craft stores like Capricorn Jewelry (706 Duval St) and places to pick up souvenirs like the Cuban Lead Cigar Factory (310 Duval St). Searstown Mall in the northeast of the island includes popular chains like Subway, Outback Steakhouse, and Kmart and is a good place to shop for essentials.

Groceries and Other

Supermarkets in Key West include Walgreen’s and Kmart, but many locals prefer to shop at smaller stores like Fausto’s Food Palace (522 Fleming St) or Johnson’s Grocery (800 Thomas St). Fausto’s is a particularly good place to head for gourmet picnics, with a wide range of baked goods, fresh fruit, wine, and seafood.

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Where to Eat in Key West

As you’d expect from a Caribbean island, seafood is king of the Key West dining scene, and there are plenty of excellent restaurants to choose from. If you want to eat on the move, Conch Shack (118 Duval St) serves uncomplicated seafood fritters. For a sit-down gourmet dining experience, head to the Blackfin Bistro (918 Duval St) or book a table at Blue Heaven (729 Thomas St), home to the island’s finest key lime pie. There are also some good Cuban eateries, such as El Siboney (900 Catherine St) and places to grab a burger like Nine One Five (915 Duval St). After that, try out some of the island’s other speciality – cocktails. Grunts Bar (409 Caroline St) is a good place to sip on mojitos or Key West coolers.