Why Visit Key West?
Key West, Florida is at the very tip of the Florida Keys. 90 miles from Cuba, this tropical island paradise has many quirks that make visiting the small island a memory that is not soon forgotten. 160 miles from Miami, it is connected to the mainland by a two lane highway, called US 1 that travels over many bridges and covers numerous other islands to end at the tip of Key West.
This town offers many things to its visitors depending on what they enjoy. Take a drive through town or around the island and you will see many walking or riding bikes. You will also see that this is one laid back town. You might even see a few chickens walking around. Take a tour down Duval Street and see the shops just waiting for someone to browse.
One thing this town is known for is that Ernest Hemingway lived there. You can find a tour of his home from any local tour guides. If you do not want to walk or drive, take a ride on the Conch Tour Train and get a guided tour of the island and much of what it has to offer. At sunset if you are not out on a boat then you should go to Mallory Square, where they have performers for you to enjoy.
A history buff might enjoy the Lighthouse Museum or the Shipwreck Historeum. If you prefer the water there is much to choose from. Sailing is offered and enjoyed by many. Trips to choose from could be a mimosa morning sail, or a champagne brunch sail. Or if you are there at the right time of the year maybe you could take a full moon sail. Not to be outdone, the sunset sail is memorable.
The coral reef surrounds the island. There are snorkeling trips available for those that want a closer look. Or maybe you prefer scuba diving. That too can be found. Fishing is a favored sport in this area and fishing boats abound. There are catch and release trips daily, looking for tarpon and bonefish. If fishing is your sport you might want to check into the various fishing tournaments that run throughout the year.
Want a calm day, go sun at the beach. This is a tranquil island during most of the year and can be a great vacation area. There is one time of year though when the town explodes with frivolity and all bets are off for family events. That is during Fantasy Fest. An annual event held the week leading up to Halloween. One event during that week is the Pet Masquerade and Parade for owners and their animals that will thrill any animal lover.
Some costumes for Fantasy Fest are worked on all year long. The event brings in thousands of visitors each year that fill the Keys. Each year has a different title and theme. Some of the events during the week are the Goombay Festival, the Royal Coronation Ball where the King and Queen of Fantasy Fest are crowned, the Headdress Ball, Sloppy Joe’s Toga Party, the Street Fair and it always ends with the Parade on Saturday evening. There are many other events to prick your fancy during this ten day gala.
Looking at all the options available in Key West for your pleasure, it is only a matter of what you like to do. Enjoy the night life, the water, the laid back island atmosphere or the biggest event of the year. There are many choices to make, the main one being, when would you want to go to enjoy the island living?
Lloyd's Tropical Bike Tour aims to show you that laid back environment mixed in with the warm and welcoming tropical ambiance.Duration: 2 Hours (approx.) Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
Cruise 70 miles of open water in spacious comfort to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park aboard the Yankee Freedom III Dry Tortugas Ferry.Duration: 9.5 Hours (approx.) Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
If you want to go beyond snorkeling and experience the world's underwater beauty in the safest and easiest way possible, try Snuba®!Duration: 3 Hours (approx.) Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
See the Best of Key West on the tour that's been entertaining visitors to the Island City since 1958.Duration: 90 minutes Activity Level: EasyBest RateDetails
Ghosts & Gravestones of Key West offers guests an adventure into the strange and macabre past of this Southernmost City.Duration: 90 minutes Activity Level: EasyBest RateDetails
Our 15-18 minute Key West Island Biplane Tour takes you over the entire island of Key West and then some!Duration: 15-18 Minutes (approx.) Activity Level: EasyBest RateDetails
Fly above Key West and explore famous coral reef that surround the island on the Island & Reef Biplane Tour.Duration: 30-35 Minutes (approx.) Activity Level: EasyBest RateDetails
Sit back while the expert tour guides turn back the pages of history to the days of Indians, pirates, wreckers and the Civil War.Duration: 1.5 hour tour. Hop on, hop off all day. Activity Level: EasyBest RateDetails
The Key West Sunset Biplane Flight caters to special occasions.Duration: 30 Minutes (approx.) Activity Level: EasyBest RateDetails
Take a luxury coach tour from Miami to Key West, where you will enjoy a Key West Trolley tour through the streets of Key West.Duration: 6 Hours in Key West Activity Level: Moderate
Spend an unforgettable day sailing emerald waters, kayaking mangrove-shaded channels and snorkeling coral gardens in an unspoiled marine wilderness.Duration: 6.5 Hours (approx.) Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
Enjoy an unforgettable morning or afternoon of sailing, kayaking and snorkeling in the pristine marine wilderness of the Key West National Wildlife Refuge.Duration: 4.5 Hours (approx.) Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
Indulge your senses as you pass over natural sands through the blue waters of Key West into the playgrounds of wild dolphins on Dolphin Snorkel Sea Safari.Duration: 3 Hours (approx.) Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
The morning two tank Key West Dive Trips are great because this includes a double dive in a Vandenberg wreck dive.Duration: 4.5 Hours Activity Level: DifficultBest RateDetails
The Dive in a Day Scuba Resort Course is the absolute best way for a person to experience diving. Great for those who want to try scuba diving in Key West.Duration: 9 Hours Activity Level: Moderate
Experience the thrill of Key West deep sea fishing to the fullest on a hunt for trophy game fish in the open sea with your own private boat, captain, and crewDuration: 4, 6 or 8 Hours Activity Level: Easy
Take your own private boat and personal guide to hunt Bonefish, Permit, Sharks and other game fish in the crystal-clear waters of the Key West Backcountry.Duration: 4, 6 or 8 Hours Activity Level: ModerateBest RateDetails
On our Key West Island Jet Ski Tours you jump on one of our Yamaha Waverunners and cruise around the island on a 28 mile, 90 mins guided jet ski tour.Duration: 90 Minutes Activity Level: Moderate