The insiders guide to Key West Florida

World class fishing, amazing diving, history, treasure, delicious seafood, serious partying, and great weather are a few ways to describe the unique flavor of Key West. Spending a day or week in Key West will improve your attitude.


Cruise Ship Excursions to Key West

Key West is a major cruise ship destination. As you step off the boat into the Historic Key West Port you are right in the middle of museums, great restaurants and bars and attractions like the Key West Aquarium and the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum.

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Key West Holiday Light Contest

Every December Key West residents light up their homes with awesome Christmas Lights. You can see all the light displays by riding the Conch Train.

Fishing Key West

With the Atlantic Ocean to the South, the Gulf of Mexico to the North and Straits of Florida to the West, Key West is surround by outstanding fishing grounds.

Key West offers every kind of fishing you can imagine including offshore fishing and flats fishing, and spearfishing. If you are visiting Key West and want to go fishing you have a few options.

Hemingway House

Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West for 10 years. He spent his time writing, fishing, drinking at Sloppy Joes, and enjoying the island atmosphere of Key West. 

The Hemingway House is the house that Ernest Hemingway lived in and today it is an attraction and museum you can visit in Key West.

Key West Hotels and Resorts

Key West has the biggest selection of hotels, resorts, and unique accommodations in the keys. This quaint and eclectic historic town offers hotels for families, singles, ocean side, bay side, and hotels nestled in the heart of historic downtown within walking distance to shops and restaurants.

Old Town Trolley Tours

The Key West Old Town Trolley takes you on a 90 minute tour of historic Key West. On the tour you see 100 points of interest around the historic town of Key West.

Baby’s Coffee

If you love drinking quality coffee, you need to stop by Baby’s Coffee at Mile Marker 15 in Key West.  The specialty coffee shop has an assortment of Key West and specialty roasts, Hawaiin roasts, and decaf. 

Sunset Key

Stand in Mallory Square in Old Town Key West and look west across the water and you’ll see a beautiful pristine island called Sunset Key. This luxurious island has 27 acres with both private homes and a 37 cottage resort.

Mel Fisher Museum

Today is the Day - that was the mantra of Mel Fisher who discovered the Spanish Galleon Atocha loaded with treasure just 30 miles from Key West. Today you can see and touch the treasure first hand at the Mel Fisher Museum in Key West.

Mallory Square

At the very tip of Key West, where the road ends is Mallory Square where locals and visitors gather for a nightly sunset celebration. At Mallory Square you will see fantastic sunsets, street performers, local artists, and many surprises.

Local Color Boutique

One of my favorite clothing and jewelry boutiques in Key West is Local Color.  Their unique jewelry lines reflect the Keys with natural stones, sea glass, gemstones from the Caribbean, and beautiful shells. 

They also have linen and soft cotton clothing in casual and more formal styles.

Cruise Ship Excursions to Key West

Key West is a major cruise ship destination. As you step off the boat into the Historic Key West Port you are right in the middle of museums, great restaurants and bars and attractions like the Key West Aquarium and the Mel Fisher Treasure Museum.

Key West Aquarium

See barracuda, tarpon, snapper, grouper and other Florida Keys native fish at the Key West Aquarium. There are indoor tanks with tropical fish and outdoor pens with sharks, turtles, and other large fish.

Dry Tortugas

Seventy miles off of Key West the Dry Tortugas is the site of Fort Jefferson built with 16 million bricks in the 1840’s and surrounded by breathtaking coral reefs just off the beach.

You can get to the Dry Tortugas on a 2 hour cruise aboard the Yankee Freedoom II.

Snorkeling Key West

Crystal clear water and coral reefs teeming with life are just a few miles off the shores of Key West. See parrotfish, tangs, bright coral, and a loggerhead turtle in just 10 feet of water.

With 80 feet or more of visibility and coral reef as far as the eye can snorkeling is a must during any visit to Key West.

Smathers Beach

Key West is all about water.  On any given day, you’ll see locals and visitors boating, parasailing, kayaking, fishing, sun bathing, exercising along the shoreline, or just walking barefoot along the beaches in Key West. And Smathers Beach is a local favorite.

Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven is a restaurant in Key West that exudes the true personality of the Conch Republic. Situated in 100 year old wooden house painted baby blue, Blue Heaven serves delicious breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an entertaining and very casual environment.