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Key WestUnited States of America

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

Audubon House and Tropical Gardens featuring a house

Key West Historic District

4.5/5Wonderful!(4,029 area reviews)

Travelers to Key West Historic District praise its fantastic nightlife. If you've got some more time to explore, be sure to make a stop by Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum.

Key West Historic District
Key West featuring a coastal town, general coastal views and a marina

Old Town

4.5/5Wonderful!(226 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Old Town, Duval Street and South Beach are top sights worth seeing.

Old Town
Harry S. Truman Little White House which includes a house and cycling

Bahama Village

5/5Exceptional!(38 area reviews)

Bahama Village is noteworthy for its historic sites, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Duval Street and Harry S. Truman Little White House.

Bahama Village
Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory featuring zoo animals, animals and flowers

Uptown - Upper Duval

4.5/5Wonderful!(72 area reviews)

If you're spending some time in Uptown - Upper Duval, South Beach and Duval Street are top sights worth seeing.

Uptown - Upper Duval
Key West featuring a coastal town, general coastal views and a marina

Downtown

If you're spending some time in Downtown, Duval Street and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum are top sights worth seeing.

Downtown
Mallory Square featuring outdoor art, a square or plaza and signage

Historic Seaport

While visiting Historic Seaport, you might make a stop by sights like Mallory Square and Duval Street.

Historic Seaport

Top Hotels in Key West

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL
The price is $287 per night

Located in Key West Historic District, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of South Beach and Southernmost Point. Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5,460 reviews)

"Beautiful place to stay. Their swimming pools are amazing, the staff is incredible."…"

Reviewed on Mar 20, 2020

Southernmost Beach Resort
Pier House Resort & Spa
Pier House Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
1 Duval St, Key West, FL
The price is $239 per night

Located in Key West Historic District, this beachfront resort is in the city center, just steps from Ripley's Believe It or Not, Key West Shipwreck Museum, and ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,116 reviews)

"Overall a wonderful time but the hotel’s reaction to the state of emergency was spotty, with erroneous and incomplete info disseminated to patrons. Some services like complimentary coffee and water stations curtailed for no apparent reason."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Pier House Resort & Spa
Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
3.5 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
The price is $145 per night

Located in New Town, this hotel is 0.6 mi (1 km) from Key West Naval Station and within 3 mi (5 km) of Duval Street and South Beach. Smathers Beach and Key West ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,406 reviews)

"My experience at Havana Cabana was wonderful. Initially, I had planned to travel with my parents and stay one night with two-room. I had to change my reservation because of the Covid-19 to one room two nights without my parents. The manager Chris handle the change though Expedia needed to make this ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 29, 2020

Havana Cabana at Key West

Popular places to visit in Key West

Duval Street
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Duval Street

4.5/5(3,472 reviews)

With a visit to Duval Street, a favorite shopping spot in Key West, you can search for that perfect souvenir. Wander the seaside or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Smathers Beach
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Smathers Beach

4/5(1,149 reviews)

Key West’s popular party beach has an electric atmosphere on the weekends and is a destination for water sports lovers.

Southernmost Point
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Southernmost Point

4.5/5(3,179 reviews)

Snap a memorable photograph from the edge of North America at this monumental landmark.

South Beach
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South Beach

4/5(980 reviews)

Head to the southernmost beach of the continental United States to relax and swim in the waters where famous writer Tennessee Williams once took his daily swim.

Mallory Square
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Mallory Square

4.5/5(3,093 reviews)

Arrive at this square at day’s end to find street performers, food carts and one of the most beautiful sunsets in the United States.

Dry Tortugas National Park
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Dry Tortugas National Park

Separated from the mainland and encased by golden beaches and colorful coral reefs, this is a national park of fascinating ocean scenery.

Top things to do in Key West

Key West Express Day Trip from Miami
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Key West Express Day Trip from Miami

86% of travellers recommend
$74
Per adult
Guided Jet Ski Tour in Key West
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Guided Jet Ski Tour in Key West

94% of travellers recommend
$140
Per adult
Power Adventure: All-day Watersports
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Power Adventure: All-day Watersports

94% of travellers recommend
$159
Per adult
Commotion on the Ocean Sunset Sail
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Commotion on the Ocean Sunset Sail

92% of travellers recommend
$58
Per adult
Sunset Snorkel & Sail Combo with Drinks & Food
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Sunset Snorkel & Sail Combo with Drinks & Food

78% of travellers recommend
$53
Per adult
Key West Pub Crawl
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Key West Pub Crawl

94% of travellers recommend
$32
Per adult

Reviews of Key West

4.6

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
3423
5 - Excellent 64.60928652321631%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 29.954699886749715%
3 - Okay
238
3 - Okay 4.492261230653076%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 0.585126462816157%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 0.3586258965647414%

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!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 27, 2020

The desk clerk, Ron, at the property was extremely helpful.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 26, 2020

Key west is great, Ibis resort is far from the action and shouldn’t be called a resort.

5/5 - Excellent

Scooterpi

Mar 24, 2020

The Banana Cafe just down Duval Street has delicious breakfast, and the La Croissant French Bakery has amazing pastries and yummy lunch. Circle K is just down Duval as well if you needed something fast or forgotten.

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