Is daily life getting you down? Maybe you’re feeling extra tired and worn out from the daily grind or maybe you just need some time away to reconnect with yourself or your partner. One of my favorite weekend jaunts is right here in my home state of Florida. A Key West vacation is full of amazing adventures just waiting to be explore with endless options for adventure, delicious food, fun and relaxation. Key West, Florida happens to be one of my favorite places to travel.
Some of my favorite places to stay, places to eat, and things to do on a Key West vacation:
Places to Stay
Located a block from the marina, this B&B is a quiet and relaxing place to stay during a romantic weekend getaway or even a week long Key West vacation. This quaint cottage gives you the perfect feel of Key West living while being far enough away from the hustle and bustle of lively Duval Street. The best part of this B&B is being walking distance to all the main adventurous attractions located at the marina.
Almond Tree Inn
Located a block from Duval Street, the Almond Tree Inn is a short walk to all the restaurants, bars, and people watching that Duval Street has to offer. Being in the heart of the historic district of Key West, it won’t take long to walk to many of the local tourist attractions like the Hemingway House and the Southernmost Point.
Places to Eat
Firefly Key West
It is a block or two from the infamous Duval Street. This southern style restaurant is absolutely delicious. It’s far enough away from the busyness and provides a cozy intimate dinner out. Southern cuisine blocks away from the Southern most point is not only fitting but unique in this area. This is a great choice if you are wanting a different kind of dinner than the usual Key West seafood fare. Refresh with a sparking mojito with lime, fresh mint, agave and prosecco. Start with their deviled eggs and buttermilk biscuits with homemade jam. I love the catch of the day blackened served with homage collards, crawfish hushpuppies and corn puree or the half roasted chicken. Finish your meal with their fabulous key lime cake with raspberry sauce and cream cheese frosting… sounds amazing, right? That’s because it is. Trust me.
Located at Sunset Key Cottages, this restaurant is only accessible by ferry. If you are looking for a romantic dinner on the ocean with a beautiful view of the sunset, look no further. It’s important to note, you must make a reservation but also be prepared to be flexible because those evening summer storms can sometimes push back your reservation time because most of the seating is outdoors. It’s worth the risk – this amazing dining spot sits on it’s own island!
Things to Do on Your Key West Vacation
Sugarloaf Key Bridge
If you are looking for free entertainment that’s exhilarating and adventurous, try going off the beaten path and literally jump off the Sugarloaf Key Bridge. A local hotspot, this bridge is tucked away from the main highway on Sugarloaf Key. Search for it on trip advisor or ask a local for specific directions. Its a free flowing canal that is refreshing and a whole lot of fun. It’s the perfect high point for your Key West vacation.
There are plenty of options for snorkeling the beautiful reefs in Key West. My favorite way to go is to take catamaran out to the reefs. Some offer packages that include two meals, parasailing and jet skiing along with the snorkeling. Some even ofter cocktails on the way back. If you are wanting a shorter trip try taking a small charter specifically traveling to the reef and back. If you want something a bit closer to the main island, snorkel off the beach at Zachery Taylor State Park.
Being in the sunshine state, you should always count on a summer afternoon rainstorm. If your adventures get cancelled, don’t let it ruin your Key West vacation, we’ve got you covered. Channel your best National Geographic photography skills and venture inside to the beautiful and tranquil butterfly conservatory. This activity is also a great way to avoid the heat during some of those sweltering Florida summer days.
Looking for a longer and even more romantic getaway? Ignite more romance, passion and spice things up with fun and adventure at the Luxe Couple’s Retreat. I’d love to have you join me next September in Paradise. See more details here.