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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

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 $399 per night from May 23 to May 24
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! (2,465 reviews)
"Beautiful clean hotel, great for families. Food was good but pricey."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 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 $296 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
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! (1,459 reviews)
"Staff was friendly. Property was clean. Spent a lot of time by the pool."

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2021

24 North Hotel Key West
The Gates Hotel Key West
The Gates Hotel Key West
4 out of 5
3824 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $305 per night from Apr 25 to Apr 26
Located in the heart of Key West, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.8 km) from Key West Harbour and within 6 mi (10 km) of Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,046 reviews)
"I liked the housekeeping manager - he and his staff were great. The breakfast food at the Toasted Coconut (bar by the pool) was horrible specifically the French Toast & chicken sausage."

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2021

The Gates Hotel 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.
Quiet, Elegant, Key West Condo Close to the Ocean
Quiet, Elegant, Key West Condo Close to the Ocean
Key West, FL
Located in the heart of Key West, this golf condo building is 1.2 mi (2 km) from Fort East Martello Museum and Gallery and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Smathers Beach. ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (26 reviews)
Very Nice - Short walk to the beach. Quiet. Great pool
"My friend and I enjoyed the vrbo - the convenience of the beach, the quiet, the pool, cleanliness, etc. Thanks for the spices and amenities. I wish we had known about the airport being so close prior to renting. It wasn't bad but just wish full disclosure had been made."

Reviewed on Apr 14, 2021

Quiet, Elegant, Key West Condo Close to the Ocean
Downtown Location in Historic District-No Contact Check-In
Downtown Location in Historic District-No Contact Check-In
Key West, FL
Located in Key West Historic District, this historic cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Duval Street and Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory. South ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (26 reviews)
Key West
"Very good location and quick response time from property manager"

Reviewed on Apr 15, 2021

Downtown Location in Historic District-No Contact Check-In
Pet Friendly 2/2. 4 Free Bikes. New Renovation, Heated Pool 2 Blocks to Duval St
Pet Friendly 2/2. 4 Free Bikes. New Renovation, Heated Pool 2 Blocks to Duval St
Key West, FL
The price is $299 per night from May 3 to May 4
Located in Old Town Key West, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Duval Street, Southernmost Point, and Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum. South ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (104 reviews)
2nd time there and will be a 3rd!
"We stayed here back in June and fell in love with it, so it’s now our go to spot to stay especially when traveling with another couple. We love the location. The place is very cute and clean, small but when you only need a place to sleep it works perfect. The connecting door makes traveling with ..."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2021

Pet Friendly 2/2. 4 Free Bikes. New Renovation, Heated Pool 2 Blocks to Duval St
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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