Key West is a GREAT place to visit and a spectacular location for planning any special event like a wedding, bridal shower, or bachelor bachelorette party. Readers’ Choice recently featured Key West as one of the nation’s 10 friendliest cities! We could not agree with them more.
If you have never been there before, you are in for a real treat. The whole point of this two-by-four-mile island, after all, is to kick off your shoes and let it all hang out. But here’s the rub: do Key West wrong and you might not relax. Witness lower Duval Street, that cacophony of sound, sunburn and daiquiris. (Hemingway used to drink there, but he might think twice today.) So where is the strange, laid-back island that everyone fell in love with? It’s still there, if you know where to look. There are attractions for everyone. Some of the most popular Key West activities include dolphin encounters, kayaking the back country, diving and snorkeling at Ft. Jefferson and the Dry Tortugas, or renting a boat at a Key West marina to explore on your own.
On land, shopping, museums, art galleries, tours, theaters and more await you. Or you can simply relax on the white sand beaches, by the pool at your Key West hotel, or on Duval Street with a cocktail in hand.
Check out the Conde Nast list of Top Ten Friendliest cities in America.
For a beach bum town, Key West takes its food very seriously. Ask a resident for dinner recommendations, and you’ll be chatting for days. Problem is, most of them require reservations — and who feels like planning in paradise? Skip the sit-down for lunch and take a stroll down Petronia Street in the historic Bahama Village. Settled by black Bahamians in the 19th century, the neighborhood is a gentle mix of old and new charms, including a cluster of shops and some surprising food finds.