YOUR GUIDE TO KEY WEST
As well as offering you the best in Country Music, Legends of Music Row also provides you with a chance to explore the tropical paradise that is Key West! Key West is famous for its vibrant culture, stunning beaches, and a laid-back atmosphere that will make you feel like you’re a world away from the mainland. This guide will help you make the most of your visit.
Key West is accessible by air, sea, and road:
BY AIR: The Key West International Airport (EYW) serves the island, with direct flights from major cities in Florida and beyond. Alternatively, you can fly into Miami or Fort Lauderdale and take a scenic drive along the Overseas Highway, a must-see in itself.
BY SEA: If you’re feeling adventurous, consider taking the Key West Express, a high-speed ferry from Fort Myers or Marco Island.
BY ROAD: The Overseas Highway (US-1) connects Key West to the mainland. The drive is a road trip experience with breathtaking views of the ocean and numerous bridges.
WHERE TO STAY
Key West offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxurious resorts to charming bed-and-breakfast inns. Some popular areas to stay include:
DUVAL STREET: The heart of the action, where you’ll find many bars, restaurants, and shops. It’s great if you want to be in the midst of the island’s nightlife.
OLD TOWN: This historic district is known for its beautiful architecture and is close to many popular attractions..
THE BEACHES: If you’re looking for a more tranquil stay, consider accommodations near Smathers Beach or Higgs Beach.
THINGS TO DO:
DUVAL STREET: Explore the vibrant Duval Street, filled with shops, restaurants, and bars. It’s the perfect place for people-watching and chilling-out.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY HOME & MUSEUM: Visit the former residence of the famous writer, now a museum, and meet the descendants of his famous six-toed cats.
FORT ZACHARY TAYLOR STATE PARK: This historic state park offers beautiful beaches, nature trails, and a well-preserved Civil War-era fort to explore.
MALLORY SQUARE: Come here for the famous Key West sunset celebration. Street performers, food vendors, and breathtaking sunsets make this a must-visit spot.
WATER ACTIVITIES: Enjoy snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, and paddleboarding in the crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. You can also go on boat tours to spot dolphins or go deep-sea fishing.
DRY TORTUGAS NATIONAL PARK: Take a ferry or seaplane to this remote national park, where you can explore historic Fort Jefferson, snorkel in clear waters, and enjoy pristine beaches.
KEY WEST BUTTERFLY & NATURE CONSERVATORY: Step into a tropical paradise and observe colorful butterflies and exotic birds in a lush garden setting.
SOUTHERNMOST POINT: Don’t miss the iconic concrete buoy marking the southernmost point of the continental United States.
Key West offers a variety of dining options, from seafood shacks to fine dining. Don’t forget to try some of the local specialties, including conch fritters, key lime pie, and fresh seafood. Some popular restaurants include:
KOLACHE KITCHEN: Authentic Kolaches and Mexican Cuisine served in a friendly atmosphere.
BLUE HEAVEN: Known for its laid-back feel and excellent brunch.
SANTIAGO’S BODEGA: A tapas-style restaurant with a diverse menu.
THE STONED CRAB: A seafood lover’s paradise where you can choose your own crab.
EL MESON DE PEPA: Enjoy Cuban cuisine in a colorful courtyard.
LOUIE’S BACKYARD: A fine dining restaurant with stunning ocean views.