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Ultimate Guide for a Perfect Day in Key West

Going to the Keys is definitely an experience. There is only one road that takes you to Key West. Take Overseas Highway all the way down. Once you get to Key West, park your car for the day. You can rent bikes anywhere. Honestly the island is not really big and it is the best way to discover it. Key West is a cute colorful place with the typical laid back lifestyle of the Caribbean’s Islands.

I have to say I was a bit scared to ride a bike all day. I thought I was going to be so tired since I haven’t rode a bike for such a long time. But it went pretty smoothly. People let me tell you biking in Key West is definitely the way to go. We rode around the island to see as much as we could.

Key West is full of little typical houses of every color. I love it I wanted to take pictures of each one. The island feels like you are somewhere in the Caribbean. Don’t be afraid to venture off the busiest streets. Every little street, every corner has it own charm. It feels like you just step in a Caribbean Paradise.

What to do in Key West?

Duval Street

Duval Street is probably the most popular place of Key West and also one of the busiest. About 1.5 miles long, the street is the heartbeat of the city. You will find lot of shops, bars and restaurants. You will find lot of rooster running around the island.

Southernmost Point of the United States

It is only 90 miles from Cuba. This is a required stop for a picture. I have to tell you, the line to take a picture next to the point can be pretty long, and luckily for us we only waited around 15 minutes.

Hemingway House

We didn’t have time to visit it but I would honestly come back just for that. The famous author lived in the property for more than ten years. Located at 907 Whitehead Street, you will easily find it in the heart of Key West. Tour guides give you insights of this beautiful mansion, museum and life of one of the greatest authors. Browse around the house and the museum as long as you like. No wonder why Hemingway has decided to live in Key West. This island is just out of this world.

Higgs Beach

We rode our bike to Higgs Beach. Parking is not something you have to worry when biking in Key West. There is plenty of space to lock your bike. You must know that Key West is not known for its beautiful beaches but more for diving and snorkeling. Higgs Beach is a man made beach with sands imported from the Caribbean. The beach is nice, and there is a pier. You can rent umbrellas, chairs, kayak… It is a great place to relax by the beautiful turquoise water.

Sunset at Mallory Square

If you go to Key West even just for a day you need to stay to admire the sunset. Mallory Square is the best place to do so. It was beautiful. Be aware that lot of people are waiting for the sunset as well. You might want to arrive a bit in advance so you can get the best spot for the pictures. The square is full of street performers: musicians, painters, dancers as well as food stands.

Where to eat?

There are plenty of great restaurants. You can find pretty much anything you want.

Lunch at Conch Republic

We decided to have lunch at Conch Republic, which is located by the Marina. The place was packed. We choose to try the Fish and Chips and the Fish of the day, which was a Yellow Snapper with some veggies and mash potatoes. It was really good. The restaurant is overlooking the Marina. There is also a store inside the restaurant where you can buy souvenirs and other food items.

Key Lime Pie at Blue Haven

The server at Conch Republic told us that Blue Haven has won the best key lime pie contest for the longest so we chose to go there and try the best Key Lime Pie of the island. And I have to say I wasn’t disappointed. It was so good. I was a bit surprised about this white egg foam, but the pie was delicious.

Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream

As you may know, I have a sweet addiction to Ice Cream. Whenever I go I like to try Ice Creams. Of course, I had to try one in Key West as well. I stopped at Flamingo Ice Cream, because they have homemade ice cream and I won’t lie, isn’t the building the cutest? I tried the Coconut one. I loved it it was very good and they have plenty of different flavors.

The ride to Key West is pretty long. It is 4hours away from Miami, so I suggested stopping to sleep somewhere so you can enjoy your vacations without stressing about the drive. We were in the Keys for 3 days and we stayed in Marathon, which is only 1 hour away from Key West. We were able to enjoy the town to the fullest. It was amazing! I would love to retire there, live without a car and just ride around the island. I plan on going to visit the Hemingway house and try the Fort Zachery Beach.

Have you been to Key West? What were your favorite things to do there?

 

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32 Comments

  • Reply Mercae

    Hemingway lived in Key West? Omg, I now need to go and visit the house and binge on ice cream.

    June 7, 2017 at 4:53 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes he did. His house is so beautiful. It is like a really nice retreat in paradise. You won’t have any issue binging on Ice Cream. They sell it everywhere!!

      August 12, 2017 at 5:06 pm
  • Reply Isobel Lee

    Wow your photography is really inspiring! What a gorgeous place – definitely makes me want to visit Florida. I love the Caribbean vibe and Hemingway would be a pull for me too!

    June 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Thank you. I was really trying to capture the vibe of the island with my pictures. Florida is a great state so many places to visit. If you love the Caribbean and Hemingway, Key West is definitely a place you want to visit. 🙂

      August 12, 2017 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply Genie | Gallivanting Bean

    I love all the colors on the buildings. my bestie just went to key west and had a great time. looks like such a picturesque place to visit

    June 7, 2017 at 5:08 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Key West is really colorful and photogenic. I loved it there. Everyone should go there at least once in their lifetime. It is so relaxing and the food is delicious.

      August 12, 2017 at 5:01 pm
  • Reply Holly

    What a great day you had. Biking all that sounds like so much fun.

    June 7, 2017 at 5:13 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      It was really a perfect day! Biking is the way to go in Key West. I highly recommend it to anyone visiting the island.

      August 12, 2017 at 5:00 pm
  • Reply Sonika Agarwal

    Wow perfect article describing a perfect day. Higgs Beach sounds awesome. I wanna go there.

    June 7, 2017 at 5:25 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Thank you Sonika. Higgs Beach is great but Key West is not really known for the beaches it is not as nice at other places in Florida. But the feel of the island, all the cute houses and the delicious food are other reasons to come visit 🙂

      August 12, 2017 at 4:59 pm
  • Reply Meg

    So often, when we want island, I automatically think outside the US. But this looks great! The buildings are adorable. Seeing the southernmost point in the continental US is pretty cool. And that Key Lime pie is jaw-dropping! I think the trip might be worth it for the pie. 😀

    June 7, 2017 at 8:59 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Hello Meg, the Key Lime pie was definitely worth the trip. Key West is such a beautiful island. It really feels like you are somewhere in the Caribbean and not in the US.

      August 12, 2017 at 4:57 pm
  • Reply Rachelle

    One of the things I absolutely love about Florida is how bright and colorful it is. Your pictures capture that color scheme so well! I love that Key West is so easily accessible by bike. I love biking around a new place. It’s a great way to discover the cities!

    June 8, 2017 at 2:14 am
    • Reply Salomé

      I totally agree with you. Biking is the best way to discover the cities. It allows you to venture off small streets. I am really happy that you enjoy this article.

      August 12, 2017 at 4:56 pm
  • Reply Minna

    I love islands without cars! It really feels like you can relax and the air feels cleaner. I also have an ice cream obsession and try them EVERYWHERE. The place looks like paradise! So strange that it’s the US still!

    June 8, 2017 at 8:25 am
    • Reply Salomé

      Hello Minna, unfortunately there are cars in Key West but we chose not to use ours and just bike around the island to discover it. I have an ice cream obsession as well. I love to get one everywhere 🙂 It really is a paradise island.

      August 12, 2017 at 4:54 pm
  • Reply Menorca

    Wow..I have been seeing so many beautiful pictures from Key West that I really want to go there some day! Hope to make my first US trip sometime next year:)

    June 8, 2017 at 5:06 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Key West is beautiful. If you are coming to Florida it is definitely somewhere you want to go to.

      August 12, 2017 at 4:53 pm
  • Reply Daniela || Ipanema travels to

    I love your pics! They radiate such an romantic and airy feeling! Great job!

    June 8, 2017 at 8:14 pm
  • Reply Daniela || Ipanema travels to

    I love your pics! They radiate such a romantic and airy feeling! Great job!

    June 8, 2017 at 8:15 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Thank you Daniela. I really makes me happy to know that people enjoy my pictures. I have tried my best to share the Key West way of life with my pictures 🙂

      August 12, 2017 at 4:52 pm
  • Reply Chanel | Cultural Xplorer

    One of the things that I am most excited for on my upcoming trip to Key West is eating. Thanks so much for these tips! Also, I am interested in getting out into the water a little bit and Higgs Beach looks like a nice little place to unwind.

    July 2, 2017 at 7:51 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Yes the food is delicious. There are so many great places to eat. You definitely don’t want to miss the Key Lime Pie. Higgs Beach is really nice, you can also try Fort Zachary. It is great as well.

      August 12, 2017 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply Diam

    As a Floridian myself, I love this! & I love your blog! Who created your header/logo for you? It’s beautiful!

    July 17, 2017 at 2:47 pm
    • Reply Salomé

      Thank you Diam. You made my day. I am really happy that you enjoy reading my blog. I created the logo myself. 🙂

      August 12, 2017 at 4:49 pm
  • Reply Taylor

    I honestly never looked much into Flordia because it’s so typical for Canadians to go to Florida I often avoided it (other than Orlando for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter). But this post is definitely drawing me in! I mean the colours of the buildings are just adorable. I love your logo too btw!

    August 13, 2017 at 12:53 am
    • Reply Salomé

      Haha I totally agree with you for the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I love to go there. I think you can find really wonderful things to do in Florida that not all the tourists go. Key West is a bit touristic but I promise you you won’t regret it. It is such a gorgeous island.
      Thank you for the logo I made it myself 🙂

      August 13, 2017 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply Yentl

    I love Key West!! A great thing to do is a trolley tour to learn more about the history of Key West 🙂

    September 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Sayeedah Juman

    Very well organized! Got some major inspo for my next travel diary from this post 💖

    September 1, 2017 at 3:45 pm
  • Reply Madeline

    I’m hoping to plan a trip to Key West soon and this was so helpful! Loved all the bright and colorful pictures as well!

    September 1, 2017 at 5:22 pm
  • Reply Katrina Belle

    Your pictures are so gorgeous! I love the Florida Keys and would love to take another trip there sometime soon. You do such a good job of finding interesting places and describing the local history.

    September 2, 2017 at 5:49 pm
  • Reply Agness of eTramping

    This place seems magnificent. How many days would you recommend spending there?

    September 10, 2017 at 12:49 pm
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