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Must Do Key West, Summertime

Key West offers a vibrant mix of culture, history, and outdoor activities, making it an ideal destination for summertime fun. Here are some must-dos to make the most of your visit:


  1. Explore Duval Street: Live music is life in Key West and with some of the best in the world. Key West is the heart for entertainment and the nightlife scene. The easy to walk mile and half center for Key West has shopping, art galleries, amazing bars and restaurants.

2. Visit Mallory Square: The sun goes down and locals have a sunset celebration. Key west is famous for sunsets and Mallory Square, (if your not on the water), is the best place to watch Mother Nature paint the sky. Nightly street performers, local artists, and street vendors gather to entertain and delight visitors.

3. Hemingway and Buffett: Hemingway Home steps you back into time of old Key West. Six toes cats, and Papa’s literary legacy. Hemingway tours and his home/museum offer great ways to learn about this Key West legend. The music of Key West, flip flops breaking and passing the salt lead you to the songwriter and performer Mr. Buffett. This is the newer part of Key West. The tourist walking the streets and wasting away again with a margarita.


4. Take a Key West Trolley Tour: Hop on and off to explore the island’s landmarks and attractions at your own pace. Learn Key West history, architecture, and local culture by the best knowledgeable and dad joke humor around.


5. Snorkel or Dive at Dry Tortugas National Park: 70 miles from Key West by way of air and water. Take the ferry or fly with a sea plane to historic Fort Jefferson. Explore pristine coral reefs teeming with marine life and even stay the night at one of the camping spots. Plan a year ahead.

6. Water Sports: Key West is an island and water is the very blood of enjoyment. Fishing, paddle boarding, snorkeling and dolphin excursions. Parasailing and Jet skiing, but the backcountry sandbars are unbelievable. Party boats, Bar Boats, and sailboats. An array of water sports and activities to suit every interest.


7. Selfie with the Southermost Buoy: Strike a pose at the Southermost Point with the landmark Buoy indicating the southernmost tip of the continental United States. It’s a must-visti photo spot and a symbol of Key West’s unique geographical location. Be there early, lines begin at 8am.


8. Indulge in Key Line Pie: The quintessential Key West dessert - Key Lime Pie. Many bakeries, restaurants, and dessert shops. Two must haves, 1- Kermit’s and Four Marlins.

9. Relex on the Beach: Key West is not know for its beaches but still can produce some good ones. Smathers Beach is the largest in Key West, Fort Zachary Taylor State Park, Higgs. And a small but great one. Simonton Beach. Simonton is one block from Duval Street and has Lagerheads Beach Bar. Worth every minute there.

10. Sandbars: Now this is what locals do. The sandbars are the batteries that recharge the locals from the work week. These spots are some of the most beautiful locations in the planet. Race to your favorite and spend the day having Good times and getting tan lines.

Whether you’re interested in history, outdoor adventure, or simply relaxing in the sun, Key West offers something for everyone to enjoy during the summertime. Don’t forget the sunscreen.


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