Key West

Key West Vacation Spots

Key West vacation spots are many and varied.  Do you like beaches, or do you prefer sight-seeing?  Attractions or boating?  Does shopping get your heart racing?  You can do all these and more here on this island at the end of Florida.Florida Keys Map Showing Key West

The Florida Keys are a string of islands that are a part of the US, but aren’t like anything else in the United States.  And Key West is both “end of the line” and “life of the party”!  It’s both an island and a city. There is plenty to see and do, so let’s get started.


There are several beaches on the island of Key West, some public and some private.  None are very large, but they are full of life!

There are all kinds of beaches here, from family-friendly to not so much.  This means there’s probably something for everyone.

The family-friendly public beaches on Key West are:Beach on Key West

  • Smathers:  This is the beach most people think about when they hear “Key West beach”.  It’s the largest at 1/2 mile in length, and has plenty of “beach toys” and activities.
  • Fort Zachary Taylor:  This part of a Florida State Park, and has some nice patch reefs nearby, so it’s great for swimmers and snorkelers.
  • Higgs Memorial:  This is the second largest of the island beaches.
  • C.B. Harvey Rest:  Right next to Higgs, and also the pier.
  • Dog Beach:  A place to enjoy the company of your four-legged friend.

Those are the highlights; I’ll talk a little more in-depth about these beaches in another post.  Meanwhile, here are some other Key West vacation spots to think about.

Sight-Seeing, Attractions and Shopping

These all involve Duval Street at some point, so I’ve grouped them together.   For sight-seeing, your best choices are a pedal cab, the trolley or bicycle.  And unless you are used to cycling in traffic, pedal cabs and the trolley make more sense.

Oh, and walking is also an option.  By car, it’s so-so.  Parking is at a premium and the streets are narrow and often congested.

Duval Street is the place to be for shopping.  It’s also sight-seeing because of some of the famous places like Sloppy Joe’s.  And naturally, Duval Street is part of any island tour.

Attractions are many and varied; they include the aquarium, the southernmost point, museums (the cool kind, like with pirates and treasures) and more.  One of the most popular is the ghost tour!

Snorkeling, Diving and Boating

Very popular are the sunset cruises — the Keys are legendary for great sunsets.  The island is also great for boating, with several places for rentals and charters for the back country (i.e. Florida Bay).

There are quite a few tours that offer diving and snorkeling trips; they range from beginner tours for reef snorkeling, all the way up to wreck diving.  You can even take a tour out to Dry Tortugas for some awesome waters!

Key West Vacation Spots

Those are just a few of the Florida vacation spots on this island in the Keys.  I’ll be writing up some more detailed posts, but for now, I hope this has helped!  🙂