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Key West, FL
Travel Guide

Higgs Beach which includes tropical scenes and a sandy beach as well as a large group of people

Located at the southernmost tip of Florida, this sun-drenched, fun-loving island encourages visitors to leave their worries behind and embrace relaxation.

Closer to Havana than it is to Miami, Key West is the southernmost city of the continental United States, approximately 90 miles (140 kilometers) from the Cuban capital. Key West refers to the island as well as the city. Over the years, it has been a pirate refuge, a naval base and a favored haunt of American literary legends, including Ernest Hemingway. Today, the island appears to be in permanent vacation mode, with plenty of bars, restaurants and beaches where you can while away the hours.

Make your first stop at the impressive monument at the corner of South and Whitehead streets near South Beach. Proudly announcing in bold letters that you are at the southernmost point of the continental United States, it is one of Key West’s most photographed attractions.

Most of the tourist attractions are located in the old town. Step inside the Key West Shipwreck Museum, which charts the history of the “wreckers” who used to rescue people from sunken ships then salvage the cargo.

Visit the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, a Spanish colonial-style building in which the author wrote some of his most famous works. At Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium, see Hemingway’s typewriter, glasses and a shrunken human torso that he owned. The Harry S. Truman Little White House is a historic site where the former president made many decisions on domestic and foreign policy.

Join locals and visitors who gather every evening at the water’s edge at Mallory Square for the sunset celebration. Street performers and exhibitors entertain the crowds as the sun lowers into the Gulf of Mexico.

Duval Street is downtown Key West’s main strip and home to the majority of pubs, restaurants and nightclubs.

At 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) long and 2 miles (3.2 kilometers) wide, Key West is not a big city. Most people spend their time in the old town, where all the attractions are within easy walking distance. Bicycles and scooters, which can be rented, are popular ways to get around.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our things to do in the Florida Keys page.

Where to stay in Key West

Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
4 out of 5
5950 Peninsular Avenue, Key West, FL
The price is $319 per night from May 10 to May 10
Situated in Key West, this golf hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Key West Harbour, Robbie's, and Lower Keys Medical Center. Key West Golf Club is 2.1 mi (3.4 km) ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,486 reviews)
"Kevin, the bus driver was amazing!"

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
24 North Hotel Key West
24 North Hotel Key West
4 out of 5
3820 North Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $224 per night from May 31 to May 31
Located in New Town, this hotel is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) from Key West Harbour and within 6 mi (10 km) of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum and Key ...
4/5Very Good! (1,489 reviews)
"😎"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

24 North Hotel Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
4 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
The price is $305 per night from May 10 to May 10
Located in New Town, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Key West Golf Club, Higgs Beach, and Duval Street. South Beach and Smathers Beach are also within 3 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (1,821 reviews)
"The hotel was beautiful, enjoyed the resident mermaid, and wearing mermaid tail! The pool staff was attentive and helpful. Big shout out to Jim shuttle driver, very accommodating, friendly and helpful with recommendations. I loved this hotel was small and accommodating."

Reviewed on May 9, 2021

Havana Cabana at Key West
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.
Location, location, location - Walk to the Beach!
Location, location, location - Walk to the Beach!
Key West, FL
The price is $210 per night from May 18 to May 18
Located in Key West Historic District, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Duval Street, Higgs Beach, and South Beach. Southernmost Point and ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (32 reviews)
Cute & Quaint
"We very much enjoyed our stay here. The facility was very clean. The bed was comfortable. I have to agree with our hers that the seating was not too comfy. We had everything we needed including a cooler, beach towels, and bicycles. There is a nice beach nearby called Smathers Beach. Also there is ..."

Reviewed on May 1, 2021

Location, location, location - Walk to the Beach!
"aria" ~ Treetop Suite With Private Balcony and Community Pool!
"aria" ~ Treetop Suite With Private Balcony and Community Pool!
Key West, FL
The price is $229 per night from May 24 to May 24
Located in Key West Historic District, this condo building is within a 15-minute walk of Duval Street, South Beach, and Higgs Beach. Ernest Hemingway Home and ...
5/5Exceptional! (6 reviews)
"I loved the treehouse. The room was spacious and the pictures did not do it justice. It was better in person. Plenty of room for two. The sofa was a nice added touch from the pictures. Took many naps on it. Location is perfect! About 15 minute walk to the marina, Duval or the AIDS Memorial. Close ..."

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2021

"aria" ~ Treetop Suite With Private Balcony and Community Pool!
Two Bedroom Suite at The Mesa House
Two Bedroom Suite at The Mesa House
Key West, FL
The price is $440 per night from May 26 to May 26
Located in Key West Historic District, this apartment building is steps from The Oldest House - Key West and Duval Street. Mallory Square and Key West Shipwreck ...
5/5Exceptional! (5 reviews)
Bike trip
"Cleaners, locations"

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Two Bedroom Suite at The Mesa House
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.

Getting around Key West

Key West has an extensive bus network which covers most of the island; lines are color-coded, making the system easy to navigate. Cycling is also a great way to get around Key West, and it is practical to cycle to most places as the island is not very large. If you’re staying in the Old Town, it’s easy to walk to most of the main attractions. There are several car rental agencies on the island too. Visit the Key West Department of Transportation website.Browse Key West rental cars.

Best time to visit

Key West’s busiest season is the winter, when daytime temperatures are around the mid 70s F (mid 20s C) and there is not much rainfall. The weather in summer is hot, humid and rainy, with frequent storms, although hotels are much cheaper at this time of year. Spring is a good time to visit – the weather is still pleasant and the rainy season hasn’t started, but hotels are cheaper after the peak season.

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Reviews of Key West

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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3 - Okay 4.486333647502356%
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5/5 - Excellent

Brandon&Susanna

Jun 6, 2020

You really cannot go wrong with this place. We will stay here again.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 3, 2020

Amazing location with very special people

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jun 2, 2020

Great place to vacation and so much to do around town and down by the beaches

5/5 - Excellent

Key

Apr 12, 2020

Key West is amazing!

4/5 - Good

CoolPlace

Mar 29, 2020

Key West was very nice comfortable to walk everywhere. We enjoyed the restaurants, walking down tree-covered streets and how easy it was to get around. We had a great stay.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 29, 2020

I love Key West!

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