Key West, Florida is a great destination if you’re looking for a change of scenery and some sunshine. Speaking of sun, don’t forget to pack your sunscreen when visiting the sunshine state! Fun fact: This Florida Key is known as the Conch Republic (Conch is a delicious sea snail) and the Southernmost point in the United States because it’s 90 miles from Cuba.
After not being able to travel much due to COVID, I’ve now decided to travel as much as possible whenever, wherever, and however I can. With that being said, Key West seemed like the perfect place to visit and lived up to my expectations.
Things to Know Before You Go
- The airport is extremely small so if you’re checking a bag, patience will be required. With many people traveling these days, expect delays in flight times and a very crowded and tiny airport. Get there early!
- I absolutely love summer so it didn’t bother me much but Florida’s humidity is high!
- My trip was very relaxing, which was exactly what I wanted. However, if you’re looking to turn up a bit, check out Duval Street for a New Orleans, Bourbon street atmosphere with less hype.
- I suggest traveling to Key West for a weekend to eat at their various bars/restaurants, enjoy the sunsets, and to have cool conversations with the locals.
- Overall, I feel like it’s a place where you can create the type of trip you prefer, whether it’s partying like a tourist or taking time to unwind.
Where I stayed
After doing some research, I decided to stay away from the loud and rowdy side of town. If you’re anything like me, Stock Island (known as the original Key West) is ideal because it’s only 3 miles from Key West and takes about 15-20 minutes to drive there. I’m a huge fan of boutique hotels and fell in love with The Perry Hotel. The hotel is about 10 minutes from the airport. I chose the Salt Water Studio room which featured a king sized bed, walk in shower, sleeper sofa, and a balcony overlooking the marina and waterfront pool. The concierge service is absolutely amazing! Xavier helped me plan activities and make reservations for restaurants. At check-in you’ll receive a complimentary glass of Champagne, setting the tone for your entire stay.
The Perry Hotel offers a free shuttle bus that runs every hour to and from Key West. Due to my stay being so short, I used that along with ride-share services to get around the two towns.
What I did
I’m not particularly big on doing activities while on vacay but I did go on a Sunset cruise. I’m a huge fan of boats and of course when open bar and hor’dourves are included, who could turn that down. I booked the Commotion on the Ocean Sunset Cruise through Fury Key West. Check out the many other activities they offer.
Alexa, play Trey Songz “Massage.” I knew immediately after booking this trip that I was overdue for some massage therapy. I contacted a few people and found Amy Hills (305) 849-0067 and Sibylle & Michael Foster (305) 294-0605. I loved that they have been in business for years and travel to your location to do in room massages. Both Amy and Sibylle were punctual, professional, and sanitary. Once they left, I felt rejuvenated and happy with the services I received!
As an author myself and fan of his literary work, there was no way I wasn’t going to visit Ernest Hemingway’s home. The outdoor garden of his estate is beautiful but I was not a fan of the many cats that reside there. There’s a cute bookshop on the premises where you can find gifts and trinkets. If you’re not familiar with any of his work, check out The Sun Also Rises.
“Courage is grace under pressure” – Ernest Hemingway
Where I ate
My favorite place to eat during my stay was actually at my hotel; a poolside bar called The Salty Oyster. Their food is fresh, comes out fast, and the quality is consistent.
-Stock Yard Tacos
-Key West Fried Shrimp
-Key Lime Wings
Is it really a trip if you don’t eat a bomb brunch? The Breakfast Club, too did not disappoint! They have a wide range of food and beverage options. I’m pretty much an Eggs Benedict connoisseur and their Lobster Bene was poached to perfection! I also suggest trying their Pilar Mango and Watermelon Kiss Mimosas.
Viva Argentinian Steakhouse – their live music was a great vibe
Overall, my weekend getaway was perfect and exactly what I hoped for. I think trips are what you make it, and this island has a little of everything for everybody.