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We’ve got a range of fantastic Key West holidays to show you. Discover more about the area and then compare the best holiday deals…
Key West can feel like the end of the world. It is located at the very end of the meandering highway that runs from mainland Florida and all the way through the Florida Keys and their diverse set of attractions. If Key Largo is the one with the best diving, and Islamorada the chilled-out one, Key West is the hippy hangout turned tourist treasure, where bars and clubs take over when the shops, cafes and museums close for the day.
Key West is serious flip-flop and t-shirt territory. White sands, palm trees and turquoise seas fill the vista around the edge of this Caribbean-like island, while Duval Street lures visitors down its tree-lined sidewalks for some All-American shopping. Heaving bike racks remind you that this is no ordinary USA destination; this is Key West, where things are done a little differently.
You might only fancy a weekend in Key West, perhaps during a holiday in Miami. That’s no problem. The 150-mile drive between Miami and Key West is a real treat and car hire in Miami is excellent value.
Stay a little longer however, and Key West will work its way into your soul.
For sun-kissed American holidays, Key West could be the dream ticket. Read on to discover more about this holiday hotspot and then search for your ideal break using the price-comparison tool on TravelSupermarket. We scour the market to bring you the best prices so that you can put your feet up while you browse and book yet more relaxing time in easy going Key West.
Tropical holidays mean tropical weather. Find out what you can expect from the skies above Key West with our brief climate guide…
Average daytime temperatures don’t vary much in the Florida Keys, where dry winter days of 25C compete with hotter but wetter days in summer. You can expect highs of up to 33C in July and August, with a few fast-moving rainstorms thrown in – they tend to fizzle out as quickly as they show up in Key West. Winter and spring are popular times to visit, as summer and early autumn can be too hot and humid for some.
The packed calendar tells you everything you need to know about the party spirit in Key West. Here are some of the best annual events…
Hemingway Days; July: Writer Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West in the 1930s (see more about the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum below). His connection with the island is celebrated every year at this fun-filled festival, which includes a popular look-a-like contest.
Key West Fantasy Fest; October-November: See the Conch King and his Conch Queen (two local residents that have been elected) paraded through the town as funny floats trundle through the streets. The atmosphere during this wacky street party is electric.
Key West Holiday Fest; December: With great weather and the added bonus of Christmas-themed events, December is a great time to take a Key West holiday. You wouldn’t think there were enough lightbulbs in Florida to create this dazzling display of festive cheer, Key West style.
Book a Key West holiday for a taste of the tropics in Continental USA. We’ve come up with a few ideas to help kick off your break in the sun…
Kids and teens: Spend a day away from the sands and board a dolphin-watching cruise around Key West. There are many cruise operators around the island – mainly because there are huge numbers of bottlenose dolphin off these shores. Watching them splash, jump and race your boat is delightful.
Grown-up families: 907 Whitehead Street is the Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum and a US National Historic Landmark. Hemingway was just one of a flock of artists and writers who set up home here. Take a tour of his attractive pad and don’t forget to count the toes on the home’s cats – some of these six-toed creatures are descendants of Hemingway’s cat.
Relaxing: The beaches of Key West are easy to reach and replete with loungers, toilet facilities, water sports and plenty of places to grab a bite to eat and drink. Rest Beach is a little less action packed; evening yoga classes take place on the deck.
Active types: The warm, clear tropical waters around Key West make for perfect diving and snorkelling conditions.
Nightlife: Look no further than Duval Street if you fancy an evening filled with lively bars and clubs. Even locals will tell you that a visit to Sloppy Joe’s Bar is a must – it’s a Key West institution, serving up drinks since 1937.