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Key West, Florida Tourism: Best of Key West

About Key West
Forever in summer, Key West is all about kicking back. Everyone and everything here seems to go at its own easy pace. But it’s not all hammock time—the diving here is phenomenal, as is the food. Travelers keep coming back for the must-eats: Cuban sandwiches, Cuban coffee, and key-lime pie, along with outstanding seafood. No surprise, the weather, the food, and the scenery have lured lots of crowds, but you can escape them with a well-timed visit in early spring—or just get out on the water where you can stake out your own private spot in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Key West Is Great For

Seafood, Key Lime Pie, and dining al fresco

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Iconic watering holes that are vacation ready

Key West Travel Guide

Travelers' pro tips for experiencing Key West

As long as you are staying close to Duval where most of the sights are, Key West is quite small and easy to get around on foot or bicycle. If you need to drive, it may prove easier to take a taxi than to deal with parking — especially in the evenings.
Take the Conch Tour Train and learn about the history, culture, architecture, customs, and quirkiness of the island also known as Cayo Hueso. It's an entertaining and informative 90-minute open-air trip around the majority of the town.
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Ride your bicycle all over, taking in the sights for yourself. You can ride all over and take your time to see what you want.

In the words of those who've been there before ...

You can be whoever you want to be... and still have a great time.
It has something for everyone and being completely walkable, makes all its wonderful attractions very accessible.
Key West is a place where just about anything goes.
Full of quirky locals, chic boutiques, and hip venues, Key West is the perfect destination for trendy travelers.

What is the best way to get there?


The Key West International Airport is the main commercial airport serving Key West. Hotel shuttle buses and taxis are available.


Greyhound offers bus services to Key West from Miami along with several private touring companies.


Travelers driving to Key West have one way in: The Overseas Highway. It’s 165 miles from Miami to Key West, and should take travelers a little over three hours to complete.

Do I need a visa?

If you’re visiting Key West from overseas, use the state department’s Visa Wizard to see if you need a visa.

When is the best time to visit?

Key West is a late-winter, early-spring hot spot. During this time, the temperatures tend to hover between 70 to 80 degrees F (21-26C). The winter snowbirds will also be flying back north and the high tourism season will have yet to begin, making it an ideal time to get a great deal and stretch out a bit in Key West.


There are several public bus routes servicing the island. Fares start at $2 one-way, or visitors can pick up a day pass for $4.

Taxis and rideshare

Both taxis and ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft are readily available.


Parking is available at most hotels and rental homes, however, driving isn’t recommended on the island. The streets are small, and public parking is extremely hard to come by. Walk, bike or take the bus instead.

On the ground
What is the timezone?
Eastern Time Zone
What are the voltage/plug types?
The standard voltage in the United States is 120 V and the standard frequency is 60 Hz. The plug has two flat parallel pins.
What is the currency?
The U.S. dollar
Are ATMs readily accessible?
Are credit cards widely accepted?
Is it easy to find a bank?
How much do I tip?
$1 a drink or $2 for a more labor-intensive cocktail
$1 to 3 per bag
$2-$3 per night
Shuttle driver
$1-$2 per person
Tour guide

Are there local customs I should know?

The federal legal age for buying and drinking alcohol is 21 years old. Despite misconceptions, open containers of alcohol are indeed illegal in Key West.
Walk to the right of the sidewalk and step off to the side of the sidewalk if you want to stop to check your phone, look up directions or want to take in a view.
Public transport
Allow others to disembark before boarding, don’t take up more than one seat and stand to offer seating to pregnant women or someone with a disability.
Find more information about local customs and etiquette in the United States generally here.
Frequently Asked Questions about Key West

Some of the most popular restaurants in Key West include:

If you're a more budget-conscious traveler, then you may want to consider traveling to Key West between September and November, when hotel prices are generally the lowest. Peak hotel prices generally start between December and February.