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Duval Street
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Duval Street featuring signage
Along one of the southernmost streets in the continental U.S., enjoy a lively area filled with shops, pubs, restaurants and lots of sidewalk acts and vendors.

Coming to Florida’s Key West and not experiencing Duval Street is missing one of the area’s most important commercial roads. It’s the main street on the island. Visit at any time. At the end of the day, when the heat abates and beachgoers have packed up, the street truly comes into its own. Being bored on Duval Street is a rarity.

Near the northern end of the street is Mallory Square, a congregation point where the daily sunset has all eyes cast to the spot where the sun first touches the ocean horizon. Don’t blink as you watch for the elusive split-second green flash. 

Stores and eating establishments along the street have charming façades behind which you’ll find items that you may not find elsewhere. As might be expected, stylish beachwear is very much in demand, with an excellent selection of merchandise.

A carnival atmosphere is perpetually present on the 1.3-mile (2-kilometer) street, particularly at night, with people-watching always a popular pastime. Street revelers wearing colorful costumes reach a peak in October during the 10-day Fantasy Fest. The street belongs to people, bicycles and scooters, with cars being directed away from the area. Rent a bicycle from one of the many operations located along the strip.

Look down so you don’t trip over any wild roosters that call Key West home. Any efforts by this bird to wake people up on the drag is in vain, as Duval Street seems never to go to sleep. On the subject of drags, nightly drag queen shows are held at a few establishments.

Ernest Hemingway made another local animal famous, the six-toed cat, when the author lived in the area in the 1930s. See them at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and take the house tour. Everything Hemingwayesque is promoted up and down Duval Street, including a bull run every summer to commemorate the city’s famous resident. Even though the bull isn’t real, legions of Hemingway look-alikes will have you reaching for your camera.

Along one of the southernmost streets in the continental U.S., enjoy a lively area filled with shops, pubs, restaurants and lots of sidewalk acts and vendors.

Coming to Florida’s Key West and not experiencing Duval Street is missing one of the area’s most important commercial roads. It’s the main street on the island. Visit at any time. At the end of the day, when the heat abates and beachgoers have packed up, the street truly comes into its own. Being bored on Duval Street is a rarity.

Near the northern end of the street is Mallory Square, a congregation point where the daily sunset has all eyes cast to the spot where the sun first touches the ocean horizon. Don’t blink as you watch for the elusive split-second green flash.

Stores and eating establishments along the street have charming façades behind which you’ll find items that you may not find elsewhere. As might be expected, stylish beachwear is very much in demand, with an excellent selection of merchandise.

A carnival atmosphere is perpetually present on the 1.3-mile (2-kilometer) street, particularly at night, with people-watching always a popular pastime. Street revelers wearing colorful costumes reach a peak in October during the 10-day Fantasy Fest. The street belongs to people, bicycles and scooters, with cars being directed away from the area. Rent a bicycle from one of the many operations located along the strip.

Look down so you don’t trip over any wild roosters that call Key West home. Any efforts by this bird to wake people up on the drag is in vain, as Duval Street seems never to go to sleep. On the subject of drags, nightly drag queen shows are held at a few establishments.

Ernest Hemingway made another local animal famous, the six-toed cat, when the author lived in the area in the 1930s. See them at the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and take the house tour. Everything Hemingwayesque is promoted up and down Duval Street, including a bull run every summer to commemorate the city’s famous resident. Even though the bull isn’t real, legions of Hemingway look-alikes will have you reaching for your camera.

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Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL
The price is $107 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
Located in Old Town Key West, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Duval Street and South Beach. Higgs Beach and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory ...
3.2/5 (966 reviews)
"The place is so comfortable."

Reviewed on Jun 12, 2021

Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
NYAH Key West-Adults Only
NYAH Key West-Adults Only
2.5 out of 5
420 Margaret Street, Key West, FL
The price is $239 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Key West Historic District, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Duval Street, Harry S. Truman Little White House, and Key West Shipwreck ...
4.2/5Very Good! (967 reviews)
"Staff was friendly and helpful. The location was great. Loved the adult only atmosphere."

Reviewed on Jun 15, 2021

NYAH Key West-Adults Only
Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $449 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront hotel is in the city center and within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary ...
4.2/5Very Good! (2,527 reviews)
"I thought the property itself was nice and pretty clean. Staff seemed friendly. Not the hotel’s fault, but there was a TON of seaweed and the beaches were unusable. I do think the hotel could have done more to clean it up because it was disappointing to not be able to use the beach at all and it ..."

Reviewed on Jun 18, 2021

Southernmost Beach Resort
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Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
Seashell Motel & Key West Hostel
1.5 out of 5
718 South Street, Key West, FL
The price is $107 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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2.5 out of 5
420 Margaret Street, Key West, FL
The price is $239 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Southernmost Beach Resort
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4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $449 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
Crowne Plaza Key West-La Concha
4 out of 5
430 Duval St, Key West, FL
The price is $359 per night from Jun 27 to Jun 27
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Opal Key Resort & Marina, Key West
Opal Key Resort & Marina, Key West
4 out of 5
245 Front Street, Key West, FL
The price is $449 per night from Jul 18 to Jul 18
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The Marker Key West Harbor Resort
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4 out of 5
200 William Street, Key West, FL
The price is $368 per night from Jul 1 to Jul 1
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2.5 out of 5
525 United Street, Key West, FL
The price is $269 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Wicker Guesthouse
Wicker Guesthouse
3.5 out of 5
913 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $309 per night from Jun 30 to Jun 30
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Duval House
Duval House
3 out of 5
815 Duval St, Key West, FL
The price is $265 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 20
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Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.