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Mallory Square

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.

This popular town square, adjacent to excellent dining and lively bars is home to one of Key West’s longest-running traditions. Perched on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico, Mallory Square hosts Key West’s Sunset Celebration every evening of the year. Watch as the square bursts with color and sound as hundreds of visitors to the island converge to watch one of the most picturesque sunsets in the United States. Surrounding the square are some of Key West’s best restaurants, great shopping and hotels catering to all budgets.

Arrive at Mallory Square 2 hours prior to sunset to see the celebration kicking off. Street performers spread themselves out across the square. You’ll have the chance to listen to live music, be transfixed by magicians and illusionists or laugh at the antics of clowns. Enjoy an ice cream as you walk around or pick up some local street food from the food carts that occupy part of the square.

Move between artisans booths lining the square as you look for souvenirs. At shops behind Mallory, you’ll find stunning natural shells and sponges as well as art and jewelry.

As the sun gets closer to the horizon all eyes turn toward the gulf. Position your group in a good spot to see pink and red tones flood the sky as the sun disappears. Take a photo to remember the occasion.

After sunset the lively atmosphere around the square continues into the night, with restaurants serving local dishes and cocktail bars providing entertainment and refreshments for the crowds still mingling in the area. This is a great time to meet fellow vacationers and Key West locals.

Mallory Square is a public space located in Key West's harborfront downtown. It can easily be reached on foot or by bicycle from most accommodations on the island. There is a large pay-to-park parking lot but those those arriving for the Sunset Celebration should avoid driving since crowds can make it hard to find a spot to park.


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Lodging Near Mallory Square

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$231
Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

Margaritaville Key West Resort & Marina

245 Front Street, Key West
4.3
of 5, from 170 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Key West, this hotel is steps from Custom House Museum, Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, and Mallory Square. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Southernmost Point are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$279
Ocean Key Resort - A Noble House Resort

Ocean Key Resort - A Noble House Resort

Zero Duval St., Key West
4.6
of 5, from 1,655 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking the Gulf of Mexico from the western edge of Duval Street, this Key West resort adjacent to Mallory Square provides prime sunset viewing from its rooftop deck.

$195
La Concha Hotel & Spa

La Concha Hotel & Spa

430 Duval St, Key West
4.1
of 5, from 1,779 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this spa hotel is steps from San Carlos Institute - Casa Cuba, Oldest House Museum and Garden, and Red Barn Theater. Key West Film Society and Jackson Square are also within 5 minutes.

$239
Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

Hyatt Centric Key West Resort and Spa

601 Front St, Key West
4.4
of 5, from 1,300 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Key West's popular Old Town district, this compact waterfront hotel faces sunsets on the Gulf of Mexico, a block off Duval Street and two blocks from Mallory Square.

$175
The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West

The Marker Waterfront Resort Key West

200 William Street, Key West
4.5
of 5, from 853 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mallory Square and Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Southernmost Point is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) away.

$194
Southernmost Beach Resort

Southernmost Beach Resort

1319 Duval Street, Key West
4.5
of 5, from 3,114 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This Key West historical district hotel is 2 blocks from Southernmost Point. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, and Key West Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters Museum are both a half-mile away.

$269
Pier House Resort & Spa

Pier House Resort & Spa

1 Duval St, Key West
4.4
of 5, from 1,431 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

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 Mallory Square. Key West Aquarium and Red Barn Theater are also within 10 minutes.

$149
NYAH Key West-Adults Only

NYAH Key West-Adults Only

420 Margaret Street, Key West
4.4
of 5, from 822 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Key West Historic District, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Nancy Forrester's Secret Garden and Audubon House and Tropical Gardens. Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and Mallory Square are also within 1 mi (2 km).