Key West – 10 Best Things To Do
Located at the southernmost part of Florida, Key West has been a trendy U.S destination for years. Attracting people from all over the world for its laid back vibes, stunning beaches, beautiful climate, and friendly culture. The city is notable for being flat and walkable, it caters to all budgets, and you will find it hard to not enjoy yourself while visiting.
1. Make the drive through the keys to Key West from Miami
Consistently rated as one of the best drives in America, with gleaming blue waters, bright buildings, water activities, bridges for miles, several Keys to stop off at for food and beverages; it will be easy to see why this drive is a top 10. Rent a convertible and drive in style with the wind in your hair. Bring a bathing suit and sunscreen for swimming opportunities along the way.
2. Stay at NYAH Hotel
This not so average hotel has all the amenities of a luxury property at a fraction of the cost. The hotel has options of staying in a private room or a shared room for solo or budget travelers. Its great location is in the middle of the city, so you can walk everywhere! The hotel has 3 pools that are secluded by lush greenery and they offer free wine and cheese happy hour every day for their guests.
3. Visit Ernest Hemingway’s House and Museum
American author and novelist once lived in this home with his cats that had 6 toes. The house and grounds are big, so there is plenty of room to walk around the gardens and pool areas to see all the cats that still live there. Feel free to play with them and take a lot of photos – they are very friendly. There is a gift shop back by his writing studio that sells a lot of his published work – if you are a Hemingway fan, this will be nothing short of heaven for you.
4. Take the Ghosts and Gravestones Tour
Fun fact: Key West is considered to be the 4th most haunted of the top 10 haunted places. Jump aboard the doomed trolley as you stroll through town to see the places that are considered to be haunted. The tour does make a stop at an old fort where Robert the Doll is. You have to be very careful around Robert, as it is believed that he can haunt you long after you leave.
5. Take a sunset cruise
Being out on the beautiful hues of blues water that Key West offers its guests, you will soon see why the masses flock to the water to watch the sunset in the distant horizon. Enjoy your sunset cruise with a champagne toast and watch the skies turn to magical shades of orange with sailboats in the backdrop.
6. Take a tour on the Conch Train
This train and tour has 3 stops around the city. You can hop off and rejoin at any of the stops. Open air seating affords you the nice breeze Key West has from the surrounding water while you take in the highlights of the city and learn from the tour guide. Jump off and take a tour of the Hemingway House and Museum, see Mallory Square, or opt to take the train around and never get off.
7. Stroll Duval Street
I consider this to be like Bourbon Street in New Orleans, but slightly different. Lined with excellent bars, dancing, restaurants galore, bakeries, shopping, and everything but the kitchen sink. Stop in one of the bakeries and delight yourself with a cookie bigger than your face.
8. Eat conch fritters
There are signs everywhere for conch fritters. So who has the best? Sunset Pier! Enjoy your conch fritters with a mojito and sit outside along the water at their colorful tables. Time it just right and you can also enjoy live music during your meal.
9. Visit the Southernmost Point of the continental U.S.
Be prepared to wait in a line to get a photo opportunity, but no trip to Key West is complete without making this stop.
10. Spend a day at the beach
After all, you are surrounded by water in Key West. The water is crystal clear and quite spectacular in person; no photos will ever do it justice. The sun is very hot on the skin, so don’t forget to protect yourself with SPF. Grab some drinks and snacks along Duval Street and have a picnic beachside. There are a variety of watersports available in Key West – so don’t be afraid to snorkel, scuba dive, ride a jet ski, take a flight in the air by parasailing, go fishing, or just lounge around on a boat.
About the Author:
Nicki grew up in Michigan before putting down permanent roots in Virginia, right outside of Washington, D.C. After studying Criminology and Law, she decided she loved Business, so she went back to school for her MBA. Currently she runs a business full-time and travels part-time. She will tell you she has an incurable wanderlust and never stops thinking about the world and trying to visit it all. Her favorite international city is Cappadocia, Turkey and claims that visiting will change your life. Her goal is to inspire other people to use their vacation days and get out and see the things you read or hear about.
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