Episode 54 – Everything you need to know about Key West

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We are heading to the most southern place in all of Florida, Key West, FL. The culture, the food, the views! Why is it that the sun looks so much prettier in Key West?

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How to get to Key West

Key West is as far south as you can go, so how can you get there?

By Air – Key West does have an airport on the southeastern side of the island. It is an international airport, so you should be able to reach Key West from anywhere in the world. Since it is a smaller airport, expect to only find direct flights from cities in Florida.

By Car – The Keys are roughly 90 miles long but don’t expect to travel them in under two hours. The Mile Markers are a key feature and countdown until you reach Mile Marker 0 in Key West. Because you’re traveling amongst all the small towns from Key Largo to Key West, expect to travel this scenic drive around 45 mph.

By Ferry – I definitely didn’t know you could get there by ferry. If you’re in southwest Florida, consider taking the Ferry from Ft. Myers and Marco Island areas. The Key West Express even has a full bar.

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Weather in Key West

The weather in Key West is warm all year with highs in January reaching 75 to 90 degrees in July and August. Average lows in the winter are right around 60 degrees. Key West is a subtropical climate location and is prone to a rainy and hurricane season. Plan for it to rain between June and November, however, rains may only last for a few minutes to an hour.

Key Areas in Key West 

Duval Street – This is the main street in Key West is full of bars, restaurants, and shops. It runs north to south on the western side of the island. Mallory Square, located on the northwestern tip of the island is a great place to watch the sunset. Visit the historic Old town and of course, the opposite, New Town.

Key West Beaches

Take a day trip over to Higgs Beach. It’s one of Key West’s best-kept secrets for beach lovers, as it’s about 15 minutes south of Duval Street. The northern end of Higgs Beach features thick mangroves and shallow water for kids. The southern end has plenty of space to layout on large rocks or stretch out on towels. Don’t forget your sunscreen!

Smathers Beach is a beautiful beach with colorful coral reefs. You can go exploring with the aid of a professional guide who will show you fantastic creatures in their natural habitat. You’ll need proper equipment, which you can either hire or buy on the spot.

Key West National & State Parks

Fort Zachary Taylor State Park is part of the Florida parks system on the island. It has beautiful beaches and great snorkeling spots. rent a kayak for an afternoon off on Stock Island; there are some nice beaches nearby if you don’t feel like heading back right away. The park is home to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park, which is a great place for kids to play on the beach, explore a fort and dig for buried treasure. The park also has an on-site museum and an observation tower where you can get spectacular views of Key West’s harbor and coastlines.

Dry Tortugas National Park is actually further west from Key West. Only accessible by boat, you can visit this stunning island fort. Should you want to camp here, make plans. It books fast and is only available as rustic camping.

Best things to do in Key West

Sunset Celebration, snorkeling and diving, eating key lime Pie. Fun fact about Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie, it’s actually manufactured in Deland due to the small amount of space on the island. The Conch Train trolley tour is the best way for families to see lots of sights along one route. It’s an open-air trolley that takes a loop around most of downtown and then makes stops at all major tourist attractions like Mallory Square, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, and other fun stops along the way.  

The Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum is a museum dedicated to Ernest Hemingway. The museum features his old home, where he lived from 1931 to 1939 with his wife Pauline. This is not only a great attraction for the historic site but also for any families who would like to see how Hemingway lived. HAVE A DRINK AT SLOPPY JOE’S BAR This open-air bar is a Key West Tradition and was even visited by Hemingway. It still has his key hanging on the wall with a plaque that reads “Hemingway slept here.” While popular with college kids and adults alike, families are also welcome here. It also has live music every day and attracts people from all walks of life so you’re sure to have a great time when visiting here during Key West spring break. There are several events taking place in Key West during spring break time including Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration. This takes place every year around this time (March) with lots of fun activities like poetry contests, film screenings, and private tours of the Tennessee Williams Museum.

The CONCH REPUBLIC INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATION also happens in April. “Every year visitors join Florida Keys residents for the Conch Republic Independence Celebration, a quirky event honoring the birth of the republic and its place in Keys history. The republic was founded in April 1982 to protest the installation of a U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint that stopped traffic at the top of the Florida Keys Overseas Highway, the only road in and out of the Keys.”

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