It is technically located in Stock Island, which is just 5 minutes outside of the main Key West tourist area. This old Coast Guard workhorse has seen many wars and played an important role throughout much of the 20th century history. Dine at El Meson De Pepe Located in Old Town near Mallory Square, El Meson de Pepe has been preparing authentic Cuban dishes for more than 30 years. Key West can be family friendly too. The West Martello Tower is a Civil War citadel that is listed in the U. A day on one of his charters can send you home with the delicious table fish mentioned above, or get you an up-close encounter with one of the toughest game fish in the world.
Captain Scott Gordon of will be your guide as you explore reef, flats, and wreck fishing in the bountiful waters around Key West. It is the perfect spot for date night, a weekend getaway or a romantic honeymoon. After checking into a cozy Key West bed and breakfast, take your sweetheart on a romantic adventure around the city. Soak up the celebratory atmosphere while watching street performers and enjoying a variety of treats. In fact, the sheer number of choices can be a bit overwhelming. There is some kind of live music most of the time, which often leads to a dancing party.
We used a company called for our kayak and snorkel tour- we loved them! Note that it closes at 4:30 p. After dinner, head over to Simonton Street for one of the famous desserts at Better Than Sex. You'll wind up staying longer than planned. It's no surprise that they've been voted the top decadent dessert spot in the United States. If you are , they offer to pick you up on their shuttle for free, but since we were already planning on driving to breakfast, we drove the extra 5 minutes to them. Tour the fort to learn about its construction and Civil War prisoners like Samuel Mudd--the doctor who assisted John Wilkes Booth after his injury.
Their coffee was flavorful and the donut selection was on point. Tours last from two and half hours to the full day. Visit the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory Along with soothing music and flowing fountains, these enchanting gardens are filled with birds and fish as well as turtles and more than 80 species of butterflies. Located where Simonton Street meets the beach, this quaint area is as much Key West as it is Caribbean. Tour the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, visit the Harry S. Explore the majestic reef and colorful creatures, and even the occasional shipwreck. Because of new technologies, a keeper was no longer necessary, and thus the lighthouse was decommissioned in 1969.
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving in Key West An exotic new world awaits you under the clear blue waters of Key West, and a snorkeling tour is an ideal way to begin exploring it. Boarding takes place the Key West Seaport. After having a drink at a couple of bars, and doing some shopping, we walked to the end of the street where the famous Southernmost Point sign was. Removed from the stress of the mainland, is a paradise retreat with numerous romantic things to do across the island. Along with the Civil War-era fort, the 54-acre is home to several nature trails and a stunning coral reef just offshore. There are many great , but they all share one important thing in common.
Glass Bottom Boats Another great way to explore the extravagant underwater life in Key West is by going on a glass bottom boat tour. They have numerous tables by the windows and have outdoor dining too. If you prefer more action, you can request the full package: try their Power Adventure with snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding. In 1946, the building became President Harry S. It should be no surprise that and gardens is a romantic, quiet oasis in the middle of Key West. Be aware- many of these places are not kid friendly and curse words are found very frequently in print. I would have loved to tour the grounds of each place, but we were hungry and needed to get back to the main area for dinner.
The Conservatory has a nice gift shop where you can purchase the artistic butterfly compositions of artist Sam Trophia. We headed back to the hotel pool to change and have some drinks poolside. Key West is a city and an awesome island with the same name located in the United States. You can even bring your dog with you. You can easily work your way to Fort Zachary Taylor State Park and share a picnic for two on the sandy beach.
It's so tasty you'll be licking the rim. Once you step inside, you will be transported back in time to the romantic Key West of Papa Hemingway. Coastal Living may receive compensation for some links to products and services on this website. Check out the video below to see how we did it! While waiting for the sun to set, enjoy colorful rum drinks and sumptuous Key West food prepared in the restaurant. I send monthly emails about my latest posts which include places we have visited and travel tips. It is located in about 150 feet of water in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary approximately seven miles south of Key West. The rooms are colorful, neatly organized, and feature authentic decorations from the old resort that existed in the same space years before.
As an added bonus, you don't have to worry about parking, but be sure to lock up your bike. The grounds are a popular site for weddings, and host the many descendants of Hemingway's six-toed cat - the gift of a ship captain. Afterward, you'll don a fluffy blue robe and walk just a few steps to a linen-covered table. In addition to the desserts, there are dessert type drinks with liquor, beer and wine options. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and on the weekends have live music.
The three-story fort once held the largest collection of Civil War cannons in the U. In other words, a glass bottom boat literally puts a new universe right under your feet. Enjoy breakfast, lunch and a full bar on your journey. We did not stop until we reached Key West because we were hungry and wanted to eat where our friend had recommended. You'll see more of the island's character with a leisurely pedal down shady lanes lined with white picket fences.