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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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A cruise ship in port at Key West

The Historic Key West Port is centrally located next to Old Town’s Mallory Square.

Cruise ships from around the world stop at Key West. The Royal Caribbean and Carnival cruise ship lines are commonly seen at Key West’s seaport.

Key West Ferries

If you are in the Fort Myers or Marco Island area, you can easily get to Key West by taking a round trip or one way trip aboard a high speed, air conditioned passenger ferry.  It takes about 3 1/2 hours one way and you’ll enjoy the trip better than driving.

Fun Things To Do in Key West
You can walk around downtown Key West and feel very safe while enjoying this fun town.  Some of our favorite things to do in Key West are:

  • Take a 90 minute guided tour of Key West on the Old Town Trolley
  • Eat key lime pie at the Blond Giraffe and buy gifts for friends on Duval, Front or Greene Streets
  • Enjoy fried calamari and a rum runner at Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street
  • Buy some Eye of Shiva shell jewelry from Local Color, Lili’s on Greene Street, or at Commotion’s on Caroline Street
  • Buy animal characters made of shells at the Sponge store next to the Aquarium as gifts for kids
  • Join the daily Sunset Celebration party in Mallory Square and watch the street performers


Port of Key West Shopping

The shopping area in the Port of Key West

Key West Trolley Tour

The best way to see Key West to hop aboard the Old Town Trolley Tour.  It is a 90 minute guided tour where you can hop off at any stop.  When you’re ready to continue the tour, you just hop back on again when the next trolley comes around (every 30 minutes).  The entire guided tour covers 100 points of interest.

Old Town Trolley Tours Booth Location
303 Front Street
Key West, Florida
Hours:  9:00 am to 4:30 pm

Great Key Lime Pie
You have to stop by Blonde Giraffe and taste their award winning key lime pie.  Key West is known for its key lime pie and this is one of the best. There are 5 locations around Key West so you’ll be able to find a store easily.  The factory is on Simonton Street where you can watch and drool while key lime pies are made.  The stores all offer great gifts with key lime as the main ingredient!  Chocolate lovers can enjoy key lime pie on a stick dipped in chocolate, yummy.

Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory
107 Simonton Street
Key West, Florida
Phone:  305-296-9174

Key West Waterfront Restaurants

You’ll find a great mix of Caribbean and Florida style seafood around Key West. You can’t get seafood any fresher than the Keys.  If you’re not a seafood lover, the restaurants all have great meat and chicken dishes too.

A local favorite is Conch’s Republic Seafood on the water.  The Conch Republic Seafood Company likes to brag about their 80 foot long bar with 80 different rums from around the world.  But their food is really great - cracked conch, raw oysters, blackened mahi mahi, and pan seared scallops are just some of the favorites. 

Conch Republic and Seafood Company
631 Greene Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone:  305-294-4403

Fun Bars in Key West

Sloppy Joe’s Bar on the corner of Duval Street and Greene Street has been around since 1933 and is often referred to as the “best party in town”.  This bar and restaurant was one of Ernest Hemingway’s favorite places to hang out while living in Key West in the 1930’s.  Since 1981 Sloppy Joe’s has been hosting the annual Hemingway Look-a-Like Contest which is a week long celebration.  Sloppy Joe’s has a reputation for its friendly staff and bartenders, making great drinks and food.  Live music happens every day for lunch, dinner, and night life with 3 different bands.

Sloppy Joe’s
201 Duval Street
Key West, Florida 33040
Phone: 305-296-2388
Hours:  9:00 am to 4:00 am

Hog’s Breath Saloon on Front Street is another classic Key West bar.  There’s live music, a raw bar, and made to order frozen drinks.

Hog’s Breath Saloon
400 Front Street
Key West, Florida
Phone:  305-296-4222
Hours:  11:00 am to 11: 00 pm (Bar is open from 10:00 am to 2:00 am)


Sunset Cruise Key West

The Fury Catamaran Sunset Cruise, Key West

Sunset Cruises in Key West

If you’ve ever joined the Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square in historic Key West, you’ll remember all the party boats cruising by Mallory Square enjoying the amazing sunsets.

You can ride aboard a historic Schooner while it sails the coastline of Key West during the sunset hours. There’s also catamarans, glass bottom boats, and private charters available during the daily Sunset Celebration.  Key West is a party town and the Sunset Celebration is just the beginning of a fun evening around town.

One of the favorites is Commotion on the Ocean which is a partnership between Fury Catamaran and the infamous Hog’s Breath Saloon.  Fury provides the huge catamaran and sailing expertise and Hogs Breath provides the music. Along with live music on board you get free beer, margaritas, and appetizers while you sail along the Key West waters.

Fury Catamaran Sunset Cruise
Phone:  877-994-8898 or 305-294-8899


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