October 1 Note: Key West is starting to recover and reopen. Please stay tuned to our blog and newsletter for more information as it becomes available.

Key West continues to climb the list of

fun family vacations.

Never thought of a Key West vacation as a family

destination?  Now you should!

Create a fun-filled itinerary that has plenty of activities.  Key West Vacations can be laid back or full of events.  You create your own agenda.  If you're looking for activities, check out the water sports programs that companies like Sunset Watersports and Fury offer.  Choose among snorkeling, jet skis, parasailing, and more, or look for full day programs that include multiple water activities! Check out the Hemingway museum, Butterfly Conservatory, and world famous Mallory Square where you'll find street performers that will blow your mind! Time it right and Mallory Square is the perfect location to watch the sun set over the Gulf of Mexico!  Some of your vacation days may be best spent by a hotel pool, sipping on beverages and listening to fun music while the kids swim. Don't forget to relax- it's Key West!

Choose from the many hotels, homes, and B&B's (Bed and Breakfasts). Depending on your needs and your budget, there's a variety of options for lodging.  There are local hotels and a few of the traditional hotel brands, like Marriott, represented.  You could choose a B&B like a charming Ambrosia with unique multiple bedroom layouts or a hotel like Parrot Key Resort that features traditional rooms as well as two floor suites that include a mini wet bar area and living room.  Make sure to check out if the hotels you are looking at have restaurants or pools if those amenities are important to you.  Renting condos through sites like VRBO and rooms thru AirBNB are becoming more popular.

Check out the variety of casual and fine dining restaurants for your itinerary. Key West has very few chain restaurants, but has plenty of local eateries that feature great service and food.  Check out a breakfast location like Harpoon Harry's for breakfast all day or Blue Heaven for giant pancakes and a beautiful, unique outdoor patio. Key West has many options along Duval Street for lunch and dinner including Fogerty's, Sloppy Joes, and Caroline's Cafe.  If you're looking for fine dining, there are spots like Seven Fish and Louie's Backyard, and for a really unique casual experience have a meal on the Sunset Pier at Zero Duval.

Plan the logistics of getting to Key West- which may be different than traveling around Key West! If you're not local a vacation to Key West may start at Miami International airport and a drive down to the Keys or a flight directly into Key West.  The drive from Miami is magnificent as you drive south through all the islands such as Key Largo, Duck Key and Islamorada. You'll view water, beaches, and marinas on both sides of the highway that separates the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Key West itself is relatively small, so its not uncommon for families to park their car and rent a jeep, golf cart or bikes to explore this great island.

Have fun in Key West. Take just the family or go with friends, but get ready for a fun-filled vacation in the Keys. You'll be taking many pictures and sharing incredible stories when you return!

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