Although Spring Break in the Conch Republic might be considered low-key compared to some other Florida destinations, that doesn’t mean Key West doesn’t know how to have a good time. After all, Spring Break falls in the middle of our high season, one of the most gorgeous and lively times on the island. Lucky for us, we get the relaxed crowd, no matter how much we like to throw our inhibitions three sheets to the wind. Here are some of our favorite spots to hit up during Spring Break in Key West for the 2021 season.
Get out on the Water with Fury Water Adventures
Put a little adventure in your spring break with water tours by Fury Water Adventures. Take out the jet skis and explore the backcountry of the Florida Keys, or rent a paddleboat if you’re looking to maintain the beach bod. One of our favorite packages is the Ultimate Adventure with its pop-up water park in the sea. And then there’s always the popular sunset cruises with plenty of rum and live music.
Take a Dip at Smathers Beach
Although beaches may not come to mind when thinking about Key West, Smathers Beach is a wonderful destination to soak up the sun and breathe in the salty air. The hidden gem is just a short drive down Roosevelt Boulevard, the same street as 24 North Hotel. Not only is there tons of sand, but shady palms, beach volleyball, and water sports too.
Relax Poolside at Toasted Coconut
The beauty of 24 North Hotel is that you don’t have to leave the premises to have a good time. That’s where Toasted Coconut, our laid-back poolside restaurant and bar, comes in. Lounge out by the pool, sip on their namesake Toasted Punch cocktail, and eat well. Try the Conch Fritters or the Mahi Mahi sandwich. They’re delicious.
Eat Tropical Fruit Ice Cream at Flamingo Crossing
Die-hard ice cream fans can’t resist a scoop on a hot spring day. Let your tastebuds guide your Spring Break travels to Flamingo Crossing, a tasty ice cream shop in a bungalow on Duval Street. Try housemade ice cream, gelato, or frozen yogurt in tropical flavors like Cuban coffee, key lime, guanabana, or piña colada. They also serve a variety of dairy-free sorbets and liquor-infused gelato with flavors like rum raisin and rum runner.
Get Tipsy on a Key West Bar Crawl
Slather on the SPF and soak up a Spring Break that’s uniquely Key West. Bar crawls are often the best way to introduce yourself to a location - and our walkable island makes it easy. We recommend beginning your crawl at the eastern edge of the Historic Seaport before heading west along the waterfront boardwalk towards Mallory Square. You’ll pass Key West happy hour hotspots like Half Shell Raw Bar, Schooner Wharf Bar, and Conch Republic Seafood Company. Bottoms up!
Salute! the Sunset
Located on Higgs Beach on the southern end of the island, Salute! is one of the island’s best beachfront bars and restaurants. Created by the proprietors of the iconic Blue Heaven, Salute! mixes Italian cuisine with Caribbean fare for a relaxing meal on the beach. Party island-style by watching the sunset dip below the horizon over tasty bites and drinks.
Take the Ferry to Dry Tortugas National Park
Plan a sunny boat trip from Key Bight to the small islands 70 miles west of Key West. Dry Tortugas National Park is a birder’s paradise, a history buff’s treat, and a great place to snorkel (hence the name “tortugas” for its abundance of sea turtles). Today, most visitors head to the park to explore the civil-war era Fort Jefferson or dive beneath the surface to see the island’s rich marine life, coral reefs, and historic artifacts.
Hang with Queens at Key West's Best Drag Shows
Drag is one of those things that is just quintessential Key West. For fans of song and boozy bevs, the Conch Republic’s drag bars are ready to step into your Spring Break spotlight. Visit our Best Drag Shows in Key West guide to read up on places like 801 Bourbon, Aqua, and LaTeDa, and don’t forget to bring cash for tips when you visit.
Spending your Spring Break in Key West? Enjoy your break from reality at 24 North Hotel. We have modern rooms that are smartly furnished, a large pool, restaurant & bar, Starbucks, and hourly shuttle service to and from Old Town. Plus, if you want some peace and quiet away from the Spring Break festivities during your downtime, we're in just the right spot. Check out our special offers.