Key West Holidays
Glamorous tropical island
The Florida Keys are a string of tropical islands set in luminous turquoise waters. Key West is the most southerly island on the journey, and a holiday here offers a dazzling array of attractions. The island is home to abundant wildlife and breath-taking scenery, where you can gaze at spectacular sunsets or trek through tropical forests. Key West offers you year round sunshine, friendly locals and soft, white sand beaches.
As you would expect from an island, a Key West holiday offers some amazing water activities. The many wrecks and coral reefs around the coastline offer spectacular diving experiences. Snorkeling among dazzling tropical fish and swimming with dolphins are opportunities not to be missed. The more intrepid can follow in Hemingway's footsteps, charter a boat and try some deep sea fishing off Key Largo. Key West also offers child friendly beaches that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Relax by sipping a cocktail under a palm tree on a white sand beach and just watch the dazzling sunsets change every evening.
The great thing about Key West is that no matter what time of year you arrive there is always something going on. Festivals, tournaments and competitions fill the Key West calender of events from January to December. A holiday here can be as relaxing, exciting or romantic as you want it to be. With a fantastic range of affordable accommodation options, mouth-watering food, and a nightlife that only ends with the sunrise, a holiday in Key West is the ultimate tropical island experience.
The best time for a Key West holiday is during the British winter time when the weather is dry and there is plenty of sunshine. November sees the start of the tourist season, with highs of 27C and 8 hours of sunshine. December sees a slight drop to 24C which continues into February. The island sees 9 hours of sunshine during this time, and comfortable levels of humidity. January to March sees sea temperatures of 24C, great for swimming, water sports and boat trips, and night-time temperatures drop to 17C during the winter months, with limited rainfall, around 40mm - 50mm each month. April sees the start of the seasonal changes with an increase in temperature and humidity.
Key West holidays are about relaxing and going with the flow, so booking an all inclusive holidays here is an ideal choice. All inclusive holidays will see all your food and drink provided as part of the cost of the holiday. The seafood in this part of the world is to-die-for, so you’ll be more than happy to let your hotel serve you some of the choicest dishes the ocean can provide. All inclusive hotels will typically have a restaurant providing both local and international dishes, so if seafood isn’t to your taste there’s bound to be something to else to suit you. All inclusive holidays also generally provide a good sized pool, modern, well-appointed rooms and a poolside bar.
Holidays to Key West are all about the water, and the town offers many different boat trips for visitors. From sightseeing party cruises, dolphin-spotting trips, glass-bottomed boats and dinner cruises, to thrill-boat trips, speed boat tours and relaxing sailing charters, there's a suitable ride for everyone.
A fishing mecca, Key West offers an ideal setting for a memorable experience out on the water with a knowledgeable guide, and the chance to reel in impressive fish such as barracuda or sailfish. There are numerous options for serious fishermen as well as casual family-friendly excursions, with both private and group charters available.
Sports & Water Sports
There's a host of water sports to try including scuba-diving, snorkelling, snuba, jet skiing, kayaking and parasailing, as well as programmes enabling visitors to swim with dolphins. Sports to enjoy include golf, tennis, cycling, and even sky-diving.
Tour the town by Conch Train or Old Town Trolley, and visit the Aquarium, Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, the Eco-Discovery Centre and Dry Tortugas National Park, as well as Hemingway's House and the Truman Little White House.
Known for its quirky bohemian vibe, shopping in Key West is a delight, with the town awash with shell knick-knacks, tropical goods, cigars, colourful jewellery, hand-made pottery and a variety of clothing.
Dining features plenty of regional fish and seafood, especially the local speciality conch, and there's a distinct 'Floribbean' character in the beach shacks and restaurants, as well as a range of gourmet fare and ethnic cuisine. Don't miss the classic Key Lime Pie - the official dessert of the Keys.
No trip to Key West is complete without a visit to Mallory Square to view the legendary sunsets, drink in hand, and be entertained by the local street performers whilst you wait. Another must-see photo-opportunity is the monument marking the southernmost point in the USA.
If you’re interested in exploring some of the stunning nature and scenery in this area, visiting the Dry Tortugas National Park is an absolute must. This is the most inaccessible national park in America – reachable only by boat, and as such is incredibly wild and beautiful. Once there, you can enjoy fantastic diving, snorkelling, star-gazing and bird-watching.