We just returned from an incredible long weekend in Key West Florida. One of my best friends and the individual who introduced me to my husband was getting married and we decided to pull the kids out of school for a few days to attend the wedding. Letting my kids skip school is not something I would normally condone, but this was an occasion that we simply couldn’t miss.
Getting to Key West: There are two ways to get to Key West- driving or flying. There is a small airport in Key West that you can fly in to but it tends to be pricey, especially if you buy your tickets last minute. The alternative is to fly to Miami or Ft. Lauderdale and drive the 3-4 hours south to Key West, which is the southernmost p
oint in the continental US. It’s a beautiful drive during the daytime and the difference in price for four plane tickets was close to $3,000 so we chose to make the drive.
Where to Stay: There are MANY options for lodging in Key West from hostels to AirBnBs to the Casa Marina, which is a Waldorf Astoria Resort. Regardless of your budget, you can find a place to stay. We chose to spend three nights at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa because it was the location of the wedding that we were attending and it is situated close to a lot of shops, bars, and restaurants. It is more expensive than a lot of the hotels on the island but I was impressed with the spaciousness of the room, the excellent service from the staff, and the convenience of being walking distance to so many great attractions. Additionally, the food at the hotel restaurant Hot Tin Roof is excellent (you have to try the crab cake eggs benedict!).
What to do in Key West: For such a tiny island, there is so much to do. There’s a reason why it’s such a popular vacation and retirement destination. Golfing, fishing, bar hopping, shopping, and beach going are just a few of the plentiful options of things to do in Key West. We went on the Conch Train history tour of the island, which I highly recommend as it gives you an overview of the many things to do as well as the rich history of the island. Of course you have to take an obligatory photo in front of the Southernmost Point of the US, which is only 90 miles from Cuba, and you can’t leave the island without trying some delicious key lime pie.
Overall Assessment: I will go back to Key West in a heartbeat. It was such a fun place and I could spend a whole month just eating the delicious seafood options around the island. I do think that Key West is better spent overnight and, although it’s a very popular cruise ship stop, you can’t really get a feel for the island in just a few hours. Stay the night, or three or four and you won’t regret your decision to visit Key West.