Although Spring Break in the Conch Republic might be considered low-key compared to some other Florida destinations, Key West still knows how to have a good time.
Here’s a rundown of the neighborhoods of Key West, with highlights of each to give you a feel for the area. Before you know it, you’ll be so versed in Key West, you just might be mistaken for a local.
Whether you choose to get fit, eat healthier, try a new experience, or simply desire a "new year, new you," Key West has plenty of ways to help you achieve your goals.
Give the gift of the Key West experience with theater tickets, local wine, craft beer, and spirits, and more.
Hop key-to-key and explore fun stops, roadside attractions, essential eats, and exactly 42 bridges along the Overseas Highway.
This summer, make memories in Key West, with or without the souvenirs. Here's how.
Check out the best in Cuban culture, music, cuisine, drinks, and overall vibe of the island with our top picks.
If you want to look like a cool and casual local, there are a few tried-and-true standards you’ll want to follow while packing for Key West.
Can you recognize these Key West landmarks from your favorite films?
Whether it’s sipping key lime martinis on the boardwalk or shopping local, there’s plenty to put on your seasonal must-do list in Key West.
Embark on a vacation to Key West - no passport needed.
If you've planned a trip to Key West for relaxation, you can rest assured that you made the right choice.
Colorful Key West bungalows, sprawling Banyan trees, historic points of interest and roaming roosters make for a pleasant walk that's characteristic of the island.
Don’t forget these essential on-the-go items to bring on any outing in Key West.
Make your transportation to Key West an experience in itself.
It’s easier to get to Key West than ever before, but how do you move around once you’re there?
Here's a look at the best snorkel packages available in Key West.
If you’re the kind of traveler who likes to venture off the beaten path, mix with the locals, and get to know the true character of a place, slip into Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden in Old Town, Key West.
You don’t need to spend money to have fun – especially in Key West. Here’s a list of free things to do around the island.
The inspiring, non-profit organization is dedicated to the rehabilitation of sea turtles and educates guests on the magnificent creatures’ anatomy, eating habits, and common injuries.
Wave Runners and Jet Skis were made for those who love to travel at high speeds and explore the sea. Not sure what the rules are in Florida for renting personal watercraft (PWC)? Let us be your guide.
You’ll want to commemorate your trip with a souvenir, but a simple Key West keychain just won’t suffice.
Algae and sea life have already staked their claim on the ship, and future generations will likely see the ship blooming with sponges and diverse coral species.
Key West is a carefree getaway at mile zero, complete with generous views of the sea, a mellow evening breeze, and celebrated sunsets.
Roughly 1,700 small islands make up the Florida Keys. Sandbars form near these little islands and make for an ideal swimming spot that's accesible by boat.
Take refuge from Duval Street and find your own piece of paradise.
Looking for the iconic wooden signs? Not sure where to find the vintage postcard mural? Here are 5 quintessential Key West spots for the best vacation photos.
Key West is an endearing combination of old and new. The vibe is decidedly chilled-out but there’s plenty to see, do, eat, drink and explore. Whatever your plans, a weekend getaway is a perfect way to experience Key West.
Vacation is a time for relaxation, but you can still maintain your healthy fitness routine while in Key West! We make it easy here on the island. You can take in the sites of the Conch Republic while staying active, whether pedaling a bicycle through Old Town or paddling a kayak through the mangroves. Here are our favorite ways to stay fit around town.
Start your Sunday by eating local and picking up crafts and goods from the Key West Artisan Market. Browse jewelry booths, local pottery, woodcrafts, glass, textiles, and more for the best souvenir. The open-air market is open seasonally at Higgs Beach in Key West, not far from the Southernmost Point Buoy.
Bahia Honda State Park is a popular day trip destination for those vacationing in Key West. Its pristine beaches, kayaking, and snorkeling activities attract thousands of visitors every year. Snorkeling the Looe Key coral reef is excellent for first timers, who can see stringrays, nurse sharks, and other marine life. The uninhabited island is also a great place to check out wildlife, which are Bahia Honda’s only residents.
Here’s a practical list of what to pack for your Key West winter vacation.
Mangrove ecosystems are amazing and Key West has plenty of them to explore.
Here’s the second part of our two-part series.
Did you have too much fun last night?
Sometimes you need a day off – especially after a night out on Duval Street.
Family of all ages and interests are sure to find something in the Conch Republic.
Just a drop of sunscreen with BP-3 can cause significant damage to corals. Be in the know to lessen your impact on the coral reefs!
Coral reef habitats and wrecks located just miles offshore are all close at hand and swimming with activity.
Need a vacation? There's a long list of things to do in Key West. Add these to your island bucket list.
Swim and snorkel, hike trails, tour the fort, and watch the sunset at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in key West.
Tiny deer, rabbits named after Hugh Hefner and eye-catching butterflies all make the diverse ecosystems of Key West home.
From the haunted "Robert the Doll," the grave of the original Elvira in Tony’s Saloon, and the creepy story of the real corpse bride, there’s no shortage of uncanny Key West history.
If you have rainy day back-up plans in your pocket, your island vacation won’t take a backseat to crummy weather.
Interested in finding other modes of transportation to get around and see more of Key West? We have you covered.
Interested to learn more about treasure hunts and see collected artifacts from shipwrecks? Key West is your place.
Know where to find souvenirs and gifts true to Key West.
The best way to see Key West is on the water. Want to see your options ahead of time? Look no further.
Not sure exactly what it is you’re looking for? Here are the best places to snorkel in Key West.
To keep up with your fitness plans while on vacation, here are some options to switch up your routine and discover routes from all different sides of the island.
The Old Town-based ceramics duo accentuates playful, colorful and practical designs with a purely Key West motif.
It’s hard to pick which beach in Key West is the best, as they all have unique advantages.
There are great options in Key West for you and your family, including indoor and outdoor activities.
Keep up with your yoga and on track with your fitness plans, and you won’t feel that post-vacay guilt creep up on you.
While New Town is more a place of locals, tourists should also enjoy what this part of the island has to offer.
At less than 8 square miles with 25,000 inhabitants, Key West is most known for Old Town and the Duval Street promenade.
Not gonna lie, we at 24 North Hotel are pretty happy that ridesharing has finally made it to Key West.
Key West may not be known for its beaches, but it is known for its fishing. From the sport fishing capital of the world on Islamorada to numerous hidden gems in the Florida backcountry and in Key West.
Back before gay travel was even a thing, Key West set the standard, proclaiming itself THE gay destination.
Just 7 miles around and mostly flat, Key West is perfect for a leisurely bike ride. Even more perfect is that 24 North has bikes for rent.
In Key West it’s always perfect golf weather. Here you can count on warm days and the ocean breeze to cool you off while you’re on the links. Being Key West, no one’s really stiff about competition either, which makes the 18 holes a great way to relax while you’re on vacation.
Key West is the closest you’ll get to Cuba without leaving the country. It’s also a hidden gem for Cuban culture, thanks to its shared history with the island nation. Whether you’re looking for some of the best Cuban sandwiches in the country, or simply want to dance a little salsa, Key West is ripe with Cuban experiences. Here are our picks for the Cuban Key West:
It’s always more romantic at the beach. So why not take your Valentine’s Day up a notch, and head down to Key West? We at 24 North have the whole thing planned. In honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re offering a special package that covers all the bases - on land, sea, and sky.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, the island’s colorful chickens are an iconic part of Key West. Whether you’re on the beach or roaming around Old Town, it won’t be long before you encounter them. Some Conchs love the chickens. They believe they make Key West the unique destination that it is and part of the Old Key West that everyone talks about. Other Conchs hate them, saying they’re unsanitary and a nuisance.
If you’re headed to Key West in December, chances are you’re going to feel obligated to bring back a few souvenirs, if not some actual Christmas gifts. Luckily, this is Key West, which means you can find some pretty unique presents, courtesy of the one-of-a-kind boutiques scattered across the island.
Rainy days are bound to happen from time to time, especially in the tropics. While 24 North and its luxurious bedding are well equipped for a day spent on the hotel grounds, here are some other options around the town to keep you out of the rain.
One of the most convenient amenities at 24 North Hotel has to be the Old Town shuttle. With morning departures every hour, on the hour, and afternoon departures every 30 minutes, hotel guests have all the excitement of Duval Street and historic Key West minus the noise late into the night.
This petting zoo may be located under the detention center at Stock Island, but don’t let that scare you away. This animal farm is like no other in the nation. Home to 150 farm and exotic animals, it also has another curious component – inmates.
Duval Street, i.e. the “unofficial” downtown of the Conch Republic, is hard to miss. This is where you’ll likely find yourself imbibing a few frozen beverages, or at the very least sauntering down in your search for more frozen beverages. Although there are tourist traps and bars galore lining Duval, there are still plenty of spots on Duval that are well worth your attention. Here are 24 North’s picks for a less inebriated, yet still intoxicating walk down Duval.
Ninety miles to Cuba and the southernmost point in the continental United States [unofficially], Key West is a republic all its own. The fun-loving capital of the Conch Republic is never at a loss for humor, drinks or adventure.
With the only living coral reef in the continental United States, Key West is often a popular option for snorkeling and diving. However, as proud citizens of the Conch Republic, we do have our favorite spots to observe marine life. Allow us to suggest some spots on and off the reef.
Key West was made for the outdoors. While everyone comes to the island to snorkel, Key West has plenty of other outdoor activities that can easily get overlooked.
24 North Hotel is filled with some stellar images, thanks to the work of Key West photographer Jorge de la Torriente. We got a chance to catch up with Jorge and find out a little more about his work in 24 North Hotel.