Key West Travel Tips
Known for warm beaches and eccentric residents with a live-in-the-moment philosophy, Key West offers a relaxed yet unexpected seaside adventure. Do as the residents (known as Conchs) do and see where that free spirit might take you. Perhaps you'll end up at the aquarium, at a Duval Street bar, in a Mallory Square shop or even touring Ernest Hemingway's old home.
Why Go: For young couples seeking both beach and party time, Key West is an obvious choice. Plus, the weather (and the excitement) is incredible year-round. When you feel the island is getting a bit too crowded, steal some alone-time by taking a boat ride or camping on one of the nearby Keys. Area room rates can be high during the winter and annual festivals, but you can find bargains if you look hard.
Best Times to Visit Key West
The best time to visit Key West is between March and May. The winter crowds will taper off, the hotel rates become reasonable, and the weather is remarkably similar to winter's blissful 70s and 80s. Speaking of winter -- that season is the island's busiest and priciest. The rainy and humid summer months see the fewest tourists but the best hotel rates. The trade-off might be worth it, but you are still gambling against hurricane season (June to November). Also, beware that rates will surge during special events like PrideFest Key West and Fantasy Fest Carnival.