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Summer is Sweeter in Key West

Are you yearning for a summer getaway that combines sunshine, adventure, and history? Look no further than Key West, Florida! This vibrant island city offers an eclectic mix of activities that cater to beach lovers, adventure seekers, and history buffs alike. Here’s why Key West should be your top travel destination this summer.

Sunshine and Beaches: Summer in Key West

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park (and Beach)

If you're searching for the perfect spot to soak up the sun, historic Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is a must-visit. Known for its clear waters and pristine sandy shores, it’s ideal for swimming, snorkeling, or just laying back with a good book. (image below from their website) If you get hungry, their cafe is open daily for fresh, local fare.

Lounge chairs facing the ocean at a Key West State Park

Snorkeling and Swimming

Key West’s crystal blue waters are among the most beautiful in the world. Snorkeling here gives you a front-row seat to vibrant marine life, making it a perfect activity for both novices and experienced snorkelers. And if you’re more into swimming, the warm ocean waters are simply irresistible during Summer in Key West. Talk to our team at the front desk to help book a snorkeling experience with vetted captains.

Adventure Awaits

Fishing and Sailing

If you're an adventure seeker, the waters around Key West provide endless opportunities. Try your hand at fishing—whether it’s deep-sea or shore fishing, there’s something for everyone. Alternatively, go sailing at sunset for a serene experience that offers breathtaking views of the horizon. We have recommendations for boats our guests love!

Sunset Cruises

Speaking of sunsets, one of the best ways to experience Key West is by taking a sunset cruise. Watch as the sky transforms into hues of pink and orange while you sip on a cocktail and listen to live music. It’s a magical experience you won’t want to miss. There are options for families with glass bottom boats, party boats with live music and specialty frozen drinks, and sailboats or tiki boats or pirate many choices, all with front row seats to a spectacular Sunset. (image below from Fury's website)

A Sunset Sailboat in the Gulf of Mexico

History and Culture

Key West Lighthouse

For the history buffs out there, the Key West Lighthouse offers an intriguing glimpse into the past. Climb to the top for panoramic views of the island, and wander through the museum to learn its history. We've given more details in a previous blog post here.

Mel Fisher Maritime Museum

Dive deeper into history at the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. Here, you can explore shipwreck treasures and artifacts that tell fascinating tales of discovery and adventure from a time when Key West had a healthy population of "wreckers" who would seek out ships that had come across our shallow shores and needed "assistance" from the locals.

Eat, Drink, and Get Weird

Cocktails on Duval Street

No trip to Key West is complete without experiencing the nightlife on Duval Street. Sip on expertly crafted cocktails or iced cold beer while listening to live music in one of the many bars and pubs. There are pub crawls, live music shows, bingo nights, trivia contests, drag shows, and libations galore! Duval Street offers the best glimpse of Key West's free-spirited reputation.

Culinary Delights

From fresh seafood to Cuban-inspired dishes, Key West is a food lover's paradise. Be sure to savor the local cuisine, which ranges from casual beach snacks to fine dining experiences. Ask us to reserve a table or go on a guided food tour, no matter how you experience the food scene here, you will not leave hungry!


Don’t forget to partake in some retail therapy. Whether you’re looking for unique souvenirs or high-end home goods or fashion, Key West’s shopping scene has something for everyone. We recommend visiting the Key West Artisan Market on Thursdays to support the local scene.

Unique Experiences

Butterfly Conservatory

For a more tranquil experience, visit the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. Walk among hundreds of fluttering butterflies and tropical birds in a beautifully landscaped environment. Upgrade the experience by reserving time with their local celebrities during a Flamingle!

Escape From Reality

Sometimes, the best part of a vacation is simply getting away from it all. Key West offers numerous quiet spots where you can relax and disconnect from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Watch the ocean waters, relish in the sea breeze, swim in our hidden pool oasis in a lush courtyard, relax on a lounge chair and fully be present in the moment to give your mind and body a break. We also highly recommend visiting our Fleming Street neighbors Key West Yoga Sanctuary for a class. They offer sound baths, restorative yoga, meditation, and more!

Curtains open to a lush oasis at Marrero's pool

Travel Tips

Stay at Marreros Guest Mansion

For easy access to all these activities, consider staying with us at Marreros Guest Mansion. Our centrally located boutique Guest Mansion offers a fresh but charming atmosphere and puts you within walking distance of Key West’s main attractions in Old Town.

Whether you're lounging on the beach, exploring historical sites, or indulging in culinary delights, Key West offers a Summer experience like no other. Ready to plan your trip? Book your stay at Marreros Guest Mansion and start your Key West adventure today!


Pack your bags and set your sights on Key West this summer — you won’t regret it!

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