9 reasons to visit Key West

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9 reasons to visit Key West

Key West in Florida is an amazing place to go to. The island is a place of endless summer, a unique quirky vibe, celebrated sunsets and much more. Here you find 9 reasons to visit Key West.

1. Visit Key West for the endless summer

Key West is known for its endless summer. You can visit Key West and enjoy warm temperatures while most other parts of America are freezing.

In January which is the coldest month of the year the daily average maximum temperature is 74 °F (24 °C). And even at night in January the temperature on average only goes down to 64 °F (18 °C). That doesn’t sound too cold, does it?

Palm tree in Key West
Endless summer in Key West.

2. Here it’s always 5 PM

In Key West it’s always a good time to enjoy yourself. The laid-back vibe is a much appreciated part of life here. And you can’t argue with the fact that it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.

A cold drink and crashing waves
It’s always 5 PM somewhere.

3. The perfect holiday size

Key West is about 1 mile (2 km) wide and 4 miles (6 km) long, which means that the size is very suitable for a holiday. It’s not too big to grasp for one trip and you can focus more on experiencing things instead of spending time on going from one place to another.

If you stay in Old Town when you visit Key West, you have most places of interest within walking distance. And if you don’t want to walk, the Conch Tour Train takes visitors around town.

Conch train in KW
The Conch Tour Train arriving.

4. Duval Street

The main street in Key West is Duval Street, which goes from north to south from the Atlantic Ocean down to the Mexican Gulf. While the street is full of good places to eat or drink, the most iconic place must be Sloppy Joe’s Bar. It used to be Hemingway’s watering hole and has been on the same spot since 1937.

Sloppy Joe's in Key West
Sloppy Joe’s on Duval Street.

5. Whitehead Street

Whitehead Street is the street that goes parallel to Duval Street in the western direction. Here you find fun places to visit such as the Southernmost Point, Key West Lighthouse, Hemingway Home & Museum and Mile Marker Zero. While Duval Street sometimes can get a bit loud, Whitehead Street is less intense but at least as enjoyable.

The lighthouse in Key West
The lighthouse on Whitehead Street.

6. Visit Key West for the unique quirky vibe

Key West holds a since long settled quirky vibe. Here it’s good to be different, and being who you really are should be encouraged. And the quirkiness is not distinguished by life or death. It’s something that you take with you into the grave in Key West. The text on a headstone in the cemetery on the island says, “I told you I was sick”.

Suitingly so, some of the most famous residents in Key West are the quirky six-toed cats that are descendants to a cat of Hemingway’s.

Six-toed cat
A quirky descendant to Hemingway’s cat.

7. Even getting here is beautiful

The traveling to Key West on the Overseas Highway is a unique experience. The Overseas Highway takes you from the mainland on bridges between all the keys on the way to Key West. An especially iconic stretch is the Seven Mile Bridge that connects Knight’s Key to Little Duck Key. Make sure that you fit in time for stops along the way when you drive to visit Key West!

7 mile bridge to Key West
The Overseas Highway to Key West.

8. Every day and sunset is celebrated

Mallory Square is famous for the sunset celebrations that take place each evening. By celebrating every day, you don’t take the joys of life for granted. And sunsets in Key West deliver the most spectacular show.

Red sunset in Key West
Sunset in Key West

9. Visit Key West for Dry Tortugas National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park is not actually a part of Key West. It’s located about 70 miles (113 km) west. The only way to get here is by boat or seaplane.

Boats and planes departs from Key West, and it’s the most optimal day trip than can be imagined. Dry Tortugas consists of seven small islands surrounded by blue waters, coral reefs and marine life. Going here when you visit Key West is a vacation on the vacation.

Flight to Dry Tortugas National Park
A vacation on the vacation.

Read more: The ultimate guide for visiting Key West >>