Known for being the southernmost city in the United States, Key West, Florida has been drawing crowds of travelers looking for a laid-back, eclectic, and brimming city with island charm. With it’s mellow vibe, it’s a little Florida, but a whole lot of Caribbean packed into one beautiful tropical island.
Don’t miss Duval Street, fresh seafood, margaritas and water excursions.
- Key West is known for having amazing sunsets. Be sure to catch one on Mallory Square.
The first key lime pie ever is on record for having been made in Key West, so try a slice before you leave; it’s the official dessert of the island.
- Take a pilgrimage down to the southernmost point of the island and take a photo with the iconic buoy! Don’t forget to watch out for Mile Marker 1 on the way.
- There’s only one Sloppy Joe’s, and this is your chance to experience the real thing! This well-known bar has been a favorite “watering hole” in Key West since 1933. Grab a margarita and enjoy some life music.
- Tired of walking? Take a Conch Train Tour or Old Town Trolley Tour around the island.
Key West Highlights for Cruisers
-Duval Street is where all the fun begins in Key West! Lined with a slurry of hopping bars, delicious restaurants, and eclectic shopping opportunities, this street has it all and is a must-see for all first-time visitors.
-Key West’s 19th-century character is found in Old Town, whose leafy streets are lined with Victorian homes, quaint cottages and grand mansions worth exploring. Step inside the breeze-filled homes of the famed author Ernest Hemingway, the Harry S. Truman House, and the maritime pilot’s Audubon House.
-Shopping in Key West is like no other shopping experience in the USA. Key West prides itself on an unique array of shops, including famous diamond stores, a cat and dog boutique, local artists’ markets, butterfly art, key-lime treats, luxurious aloe skin-care products, souvenirs that change color in the sun and pearls from around the world. While in Key West, shop for renowned jewelry from sunken treasures, fun clothing and a wide variety of island souvenirs.
-If you’re more into water sports, take a glass bottom boat tour on the Pride of Key West. Or enjoy an afternoon catamaran sail and snorkel excursion!
How to Get Here?
-Most major cruise lines offer Western Caribbean and a few Eastern Caribbean itineraries that stop in Key West. These cruises typically depart from Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Tampa, or Port Canaveral.
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Written by Casey Cote: Casey Cote is a travel agent with Destinations to Explore. She loves planning incredible vacations at no cost to you. To book your next cruise, all-inclusive resort vacation, family getaway or honeymoon, contact at Casey@destinationstoexplore.com. You can also find her on Facebook!