Key West, FL

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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

Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
4 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $199 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Key West. Enjoy free parking, breakfast, and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,377 reviews)
"The place is amazing beautiful and friendly"

Reviewed on May 17, 2022

Havana Cabana at Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
Margaritaville Beach House Key West
4 out of 5
2001 South Roosevelt Boulevard, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $299 per night from May 26 to May 27
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Key West. Enjoy breakfast, room service, and a 24-hour fitness center. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,175 reviews)
"I really enjoyed my stay & was very pleased. I felt very safe. Things that I think would be more helpful , would be to have a larger food menu in their restaurant & a larger variety of gifts in the gift shop."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

Margaritaville Beach House 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, 33040
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $207 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 4-star golf hotel in Key West. Enjoy 6 outdoor pools, a marina, and breakfast. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,986 reviews)
"Cleanliness , plants and the location."

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

Oceans Edge Key West Resort, Hotel & Marina
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.
Carey's Corner #10 // Second Floor Small Studio at The Galleria
Carey's Corner #10 // Second Floor Small Studio at The Galleria
Key West, FL
The price is $136 per night from May 30 to May 31
Stay at this apartment in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, a patio, and a TV. Popular attractions Southernmost Point and Duval Street are located nearby. Discover ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
"Small and perfect place to rest and sleep during our stay in Key West."

Reviewed on Apr 25, 2022

Carey's Corner #10 // Second Floor Small Studio at The Galleria
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
3.5 out of 5
200 Sunset Lane, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is $329 per night from Jun 1 to Jun 2
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (206 reviews)
"Super location. Very nice property. Only criticism we would have is no balcony in this studio unit."

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2022

Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
3 out of 5
1445 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
Stay at this 3-star condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (700 reviews)
"Our apartment was great, Marina great, employs great!! Fantastic stay! A bit disappointed with hot tub, pools ok. Over all a great place!! Thank you!!"

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
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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