Key West

Travel Guide
Key West
Located at the southernmost tip of Florida, this sun-drenched, fun-loving island encourages visitors to leave their worries behind and embrace relaxation.

The laid-back Florida island of Key West specializes in relaxation and good times, luring visitors with its beaches, bars and tropical vibe. Hop between local art galleries, sip cooling cocktails in waterfront bars and celebrate the nightly sunset with other vacationers and island inhabitants.

Because of its natural deep water port, Key West became an economic and trading center during the 19th century. These days, tourism is the island’s principal industry and cruise ships often pull into port here.

Lounge on the largest public beach, Smathers, where palm fronds provide shade, or head to the small sandy South Beach, a former hangout spot for Tennessee Williams. Another good option is the artificial Higgs Beach, where plentiful amenities, including barbecues, picnic benches and a pier, draw crowds.

While beach or poolside lounging is an important facet of most Key West vacations, there is also lots to see and do here. View the Spanish colonial-style Hemingway House, where Ernest Hemingway lived from 1931 to 1940. Look for the unique six-toed cats that roam the property some of these are descendants of Hemingway’s own six-toed feline, Snow White.

Take a walking tour to survey the interesting architecture of the island. Among the standout constructions are the Spanish mission-style San Carlos Institute the Fort East Martello Museum, whose design echoes that of Martello towers and the Little White House, where President Harry S. Truman used to stay.. As evening draws in, head to Mallory Square to join the crowds who come to watch the sunset, drink beer and listen to music. Many street performers can also be seen here. For more insight into local life, visit the Studios of Key West to view exhibits, listen to lectures and attend workshops.

Fly into Key West via Key West International Airport or take a bus or boat from Miami. To get around Key West itself, either rent a bike, a moped or a small electric car. Bus routes run across the keys and hop-on hop-off trolley services are also available.

Where to stay in Key West

Havana Cabana at Key West
Havana Cabana at Key West
4 out of 5
3420 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is HK$1,280 per night from 28 Aug to 29 Aug
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Key West. Enjoy free parking, breakfast and WiFi. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,389 reviews)
Wasn’t bad!
"The pool area was super cute but it was sort of dirty. The poolside bar is really convenient, and the hotel overall is nice! Our room was smaller than expected, and we were woken up really early by housekeeping banging around next door to us, talking loud, and it was going on from about 8-11 am."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Havana Cabana at Key West
Southernmost Beach Resort
Southernmost Beach Resort
4 out of 5
1319 Duval Street, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is HK$2,005 per night from 30 Aug to 31 Aug
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 outdoor pools and a beach locale. Our guests praise the clean rooms in their reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,935 reviews)
"The property was beautiful, the room was new and spotlessly clean and the staff was lovely!!!"

Reviewed on 9 Aug 2022

Southernmost Beach Resort
Ibis Bay Beach Resort
Ibis Bay Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is HK$1,405 per night from 14 Aug to 15 Aug
Stay at this beach hotel in Key West. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and a private beach. Our guests praise the restaurant and the bar in their reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (1,645 reviews)
"Very clean and friendly staff"

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2022

Ibis Bay Beach Resort
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.
Unique Stay Aboard 40ft Sailboat with dazzling view
Unique Stay Aboard 40ft Sailboat with dazzling view
Key West, FL
The price is HK$1,726 per night from 13 Aug to 14 Aug
Stay at this houseboat in Key West. Enjoy 2 bedrooms. Popular attractions Smathers Beach and Duval Street are located nearby. Discover genuine guest reviews ...
Unique Stay Aboard 40ft Sailboat with dazzling view
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
3.5 out of 5
200 Sunset Lane, Key West, FL, 33040
The price is HK$2,110 per night from 12 Sep to 13 Sep
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and an in-room DVD player. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (218 reviews)
"Location was amazing, pool was great, room was spacious and had everything we needed"

Reviewed on 12 Jun 2022

Hyatt Residence Club Key West, Sunset Harbor
Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
3 out of 5
1445 S Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL, 33040
Stay at this 3-star condo in Key West. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the spacious rooms in their reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (709 reviews)
Wonderful stay!!!
"Our stay at Coconut Mallory was amazing! The staff was so kind and helpful. The room was very clean and the bed was comfy. This place may be away from Duval St. but it was not bad at all. I'd return back to this place in a heartbeat!"

Reviewed on 28 Jun 2022

Coconut Mallory Resort And Marina By Kees Vacations
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.

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Reviews of Key West

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Top destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

5 Feb 2020

Nice place but the evenings in ducal street were a little too rowdy and not at all a place for a romantic evening.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Beautiful Laid back Welcoming people

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

22 Jan 2020

Skooners wharf was great for dinner with a great live reggae singer

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Jan 2020

Great atmosphere. Good to go once to see. Beaches were a let down.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

20 Nov 2019

Love the place, plenty of sites to see as you wander around. Particularly love the beautiful houses in the old town.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Oct 2019

Friendly people, beautiful weather and interesting.