Top 6 Reasons To Head Down To Key West, Florida This Summer
Updated: Dec 5, 2022
People from all walks of life come to Key West to let loose and enjoy all this teeny-tiny island paradise has to offer….
At the southernmost edge of Florida, Key West is a 2-mile by 4-mile island, yet it is one of the most distinctive tropical locations on this planet. It is linked to other parts of Florida and Keys via a picturesque highway known as "The Overseas Highway."
Whether you're looking for a more extended vacation or just a one-day visit on the road trip across Florida, Key West has something for everyone, from some of the best boating activities to one of the most prominent art & history scenes, as well as diverse nightlife!
Driving along The Overseas Highway
Driving on the Overseas Highway is a must-do road trip. The Overseas Highway has 42 bridges and runs 113 miles northeast of Key West. It's astonishing and eerie to know that there is nothing but water below you for miles and miles ahead. The view along the highway is just jaw-dropping. The Key West Transit system offers trips to the city of Marathon in the Florida Keys for only $4 each way, so you can choose to take advantage of it for the portion of the route.
Have fun exploring the streets
Once you've arrived in Key West, you can leave your car keys behind in your hotel room. It's easy to get around on foot on this island, which is excellent since you cannot pass by some of the most famous and fun establishments on and around busy Duval Street, like Hemingway’s favorite Sloppy Joe’s (‘wink wink’). Buzzed vacationers are lucky since most boutique hotels, resorts, and bed and breakfasts in Key West are near the downtown area. Marrero's Guest Mansion Boutique hotel is one of the closest hotels to entertainment, eateries and shops on Duval Street, just a 3-minute walk. It is also an 8-minute walk to the historical Ernest Hemingway Home. If you want to travel out and explore the rest of the island, you'll quickly discover bicycles, scooters, and golf carts to take you around.
Take a Picture in Front of the Southernmost Point Buoy
Southernmost Point Buoy is the most popular spot to take photos on the Island, a landmark that cannot be overlooked. It marks the southernmost point in the continental US. The massive red, black, and yellow concrete buoy has become a popular tourist attraction since it was placed there in 1983.
The First Legal Rum Distillery in Key West
Although Key West isn't like Las Vegas, and you won’t find complimentary drinks everywhere, Key West First Legal Rum offers free tastings and daily tours from noon to 5 pm. As part of your visit, you will get a glimpse into the distillery's history and production methods, including using Florida sugar cane and varying infusions such as key lime or coconut. Shhhh…we let you in on a secret. Marrero’s Boutique Hotel offers their guests complimentary Happy Hour at 3:30 pm daily at the parlor TikiBar. Variety of wine, beer, cocktails and even light bar snacks… You are in for a treat.
Fill your plate with Conch Fritters, Key Lime Pie, and Pink Shrimp!
When in Key West, you'll almost always find three things on the menu: Key lime pie, conch fritters, and Key West pink shrimp. These are the island's most popular dishes, and trust us; you'll have them again and again during your visit. The most famous Key lime pies are said to be found at Kermit's Key West or Blue Heaven; both are renowned landmarks for local cuisine. You can't go wrong with conch fritters. Have it as an appetizer at The Conch Shack or an afternoon snack at Smokin' Tuna Saloon during happy hour. Pink shrimp are an essential part of any dining experience. If you're in the mood for something simple, head to Half Shell Raw Bar for steaming peel-n-eat pinks on the ocean or try them in red Thai curry at Flaming Buoy.
Enjoy Mallory Square's Sunset Celebration
Key West's famous sunsets are a sight to behold. There is a "Sunset Celebration" at Mallory Square, Key West's main thoroughfare, where restaurants, museums, and shops abound. Every night, the festivities begin two hours before sunset. Psychics, magicians, jugglers, musicians and acrobats are just a few performers who have appeared in the past. Positive vibes guaranteed!
Book An Unforgettable Stay In Key West
Finding the best place to stay in Key West takes some time and effort, there are so many accommodations to choose from! If you are looking for Bed & Breakfast in Key West, look no further than Marrero's Guest Mansion, located in the center of the town, close to all major attractions and 3 miles from Smathers Beach. This Victorian B&B will topple the vacation experience and invigorate your senses with its upscale, beautifully decorated rooms with individual designs, unique furnishings and art throughout the hotel, outdoor saltwater pool in the tropical setting, delicious daily breakfast and buzzy complimentary Happy Hour. It is an ideal choice for those looking to stay at Boutique hotels in Key West.
Start planning your trip to Key West now!
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The Marrero's Team
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