The Best of Key West: The Ultimate Florida Keys Family Travel Guide (2023)

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This past June my kids, hubby, and I kicked off the summer season with a relaxing 7 night family vacation in the Florida Keys. The Florida Keys is by far my family's favorite vacation spot that offers something for everyone. From laying out at the beach, snorkeling, shopping, to boating and fishing, the Florida Keys offers the best island hopping experience in the United States that are filled with both adventure and solitude making it the perfect (all in one) family vacation destination.

In my family travel guide, I will show you the best of Key West and all the perks that the Florida Keys have to offer. I will show you our favorite islands to visit, and wheelchair-friendly activities for everyone to enjoy together as you plan your next family vacation to Florida. With 7 years of experience traveling through the Keys, this is truly your Ultimate Florida Keys Family Travel guide.

What are the best family friendly Keys to visit?

The Florida Keys are so fun to visit because it consists of 1,700 islands featuring a historic overseas highway that takes you all the way down to the Southern Most part of the State in Key West.

It's arguably the best road trip you'll ever experience with incredible scenery, palm trees, blue water, beach shops, delicious restaurants, and family friendly excursions that will make your car ride super relaxing and memorable. My family has driven down the overseas highway since our son was 3 years old, and I can easily tell you it is captivating for all ages to enjoy.

Along the highway, you'll come upon the most popular Keys that are connected by bridges and are only a few minutes to a few hours apart from each other depending on what Keys you are wanting to explore. You can really sail through these islands in no time and get a lot of things checked off your itinerary without even having to stay over night if you are just planning to island hop from one Key to another.

Below is a list of my family's highly recommended islands to visit as you travel through the Florida Keys in driving order starting from Miami:

  1. Key Largo

  2. Islamorada

  3. Duck Key

  4. Marathon Key

  5. Big Pine Key

  6. Key West

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Florida Keys Itinerary: 7 night stay

Day 1: Arrived at Miami Airport at 9:30 am (2 hour flight from Virginia Beach, VA)

  • Depending on what state you are departing from, I would highly recommend scouting out affordable direct flights to Miami that will have you arriving in the morning or early afternoon. This will give you ample daylight time to drive to Key Largo to start your Florida Keys itinerary right away and be able to enjoy a full day in the Florida Keys.

  • We rented a Chrysler Pacifica van from Alamo as it offers sufficient room for our luggage and manual wheelchair at a reasonable price. Although my son does have a power chair, he mostly uses a manual chair especially for traveling as it's easier to fold and lift into vehicles. Traveling with a manual chair might be something to consider if ramps and special lifts are not available to you.

  • Also, we started including our handicap placard in our packing list and this has been a game changer when it comes to renting vehicles that are not marked with handicap permits and it makes parking at venues so much more convenient. In Key West, parking is free if you have a handicap permit.

Where to stay in Key Largo?

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The Reef House Resort and Marina

For booking and resort information click here: https://www.reefhousekeylargo.com/

I cannot say enough good things about this resort. This was our second time staying here and we enjoyed it even more the second time! There landscaping is absolutely gorgeous and it looks so pretty lit up at night.

Besides the beautiful bay views and the landscaping, the resort is surrounded by local restaurants and small beach shops that are ideal for the whole family.

Resort Amenities:

  • Beach with sunset views. Most people talk about Mallory Square in Key West being the best place to catch the most amazing sunsets, but unfortunately, depending on the time of year and how the sun sets, the sunset views at Mallory Square can get blocked from an island that sits just yards away from the popular watching spot.

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Here at the Reef House, it's just water meets the horizon that creates the best scene to watch the sky glow in gorgeous yellows, reds, and the prettiest shades of pinks.

  • Beach Huts and Palm trees: This resort offers enough beach huts and palm trees for shade, which makes it a fun protected place to lay out and enjoy the pool and beach all day in the hot Florida sun. Each beach hut comes with a table and outlet for charging your phones (and the best part is) they are free to use!

Although the huts are on a first come first serve basis, we never had a problem finding one available. However, it's never a bad idea to mark your spot early if you are planning on having full pool and beach day with your family.

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  • Sports and Water activities: The resort offers guest services for kayaking, jet skis, fishing, snorkeling, and boating excursions.

  • Recreation: The resort also has an outdoor volleyball and basketball area, shuffleboard, and life size yard games like chess and connect 4 that is fun for the whole family.

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  • Restaurants: Flipper's Pool Bar, Gus' Grill, Key Largo Dining, Breezer's Tiki Bar

We mostly ate at Flipper's Pool Bar which provides beach side service, but we did try a few nearby local restaurants this past stay that we fell in love with.

Our favorite local restaurants to try in Key Largo

Tower of Pizza- get the tropical pizza with banana slices, so yummy! https://www.towerofpizzakeylargo.com/

The Fish House- try their hogfish, amazing! https://fishhouse.com/

Day 2: Full day in Key Largo

Our 2nd day was a non traveling day, so we mostly hung out at the resort's beach and pool enjoying poolside drinks and food.

The nachos at Flipper's Pool Bar with blackened chicken and shrimp are unbelievable! This is not your usual soggy nacho dish, this is upscale luxury eating at it's best! So good, we got seconds!

At night we walked around the resort and played shuffleboard and volleyball while enjoying the pretty lights.

Helpful tip: If you are looking to float in the relaxing water, check out the local Walgreens or beach shops for pool rafts. These are easy to inflate and deflate and pack with you on the go. We used this one here throughout our Florida Keys island hopping vacation which provided a restful way to get our disabled son in the water with us. So worth it!

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Things to do near Key Largo

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Theater of the Sea- dolphin show, bird show, turtles, seals and beach

John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park- snorkeling, scuba diving, and glass bottom boat tours

Day 3: Boating Day in Islamorada

Islamorada is centrally located in the Keys and is surrounded by marinas, boats, and spectacular views making it our favorite place to stop and eat. According to Google, it is dubbed the fishing capital of the world with more fishing boats per square mile than any other place in the world.

On our past Florida Keys vacations we would stop and eat at Islamorada Fishing Company as we head down to Key West, but this time we wanted to try something new.

My hubby booked us a private charter through a google search that was wheelchair accessible and ended up being the highlight of our vacation!

What to do in Islamorada?

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Book a boating excursion

For special needs boating accommodations click here https://captainmickswateradventures.com/

We scheduled our very first private charter this past trip and had an incredible time. Captain Mick Nealy is associated with the Active Disabled Americans and has such a big heart for providing boating accommodations for the handicap. This charter is specifically designed for individuals in wheelchairs to be able to bring their wheelchairs on deck and enjoy the day fishing, swimming, and boating in the clearest blue waters signature of the Florida keys.

My son had the most amazing time learning so much from Captain Mick. Captain Mick took us through a bird sanctuary, a deserted island, and by a popular fishing spot where my son reeled in 10 snappers during our time out in the waters. We did a half-day excursion and found it to be one of the best things we had ever done for our son who is wheelchair-bound. We ate breakfast before we arrived on the charter and brought plenty of boat snacks, sunscreen, and drinks. Captain Mick had a large cooler filled with ice, so we were able to have cold drinks available.

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The boat is a fiberglass pontoon boat with a canopy for shade. Captain Mick provided the fishing poles, bait, snorkels, and life jackets so you basically don't need to bring anything other than towels, snacks, and drinks for your boating excursion.

Our charter ended at 4 pm. since we started a little later in the morning around 10 a.m. It was a super casual experience and designed to fit the needs and accommodation of the participants with special needs.

Since we ended at 4 p.m. we found that it was the perfect time to drive to our next destination for the night in Duck Key.

Where to stay in Duck Key?

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Hawk Cay Resort

For booking and resort information click here https://www.hawkscay.com/

Hawk Cay Resort ended up being a place we enjoyed the grounds for 24 hours as we made it our second pit stop before ultimately heading all the way down to Key West.

Hawk Cay Resort is more like a community vibe where you can rent golf carts to tour the island and have villas available as an option to sleep in if you didn't want to stay in the hotel. The pool area is large with a tiki bar restaurant and fun beach lagoon where you can paddle board and swim.

Next to the lagoon is the dolphin encounter pier where you can schedule hands-on dolphin experience. We opted not to do this as we had already done this experience before on another vacation.

However, if you really want to see the best dolphin show in the Florida Keys that out beats Seaworld, I highly recommend visiting the Theater of the Sea as mentioned above! Hands down the best dolphin show I've ever seen.

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Amenities

Tennis Courts

Water Sports

Food Near By

Angler and Ale

We just ate at the poolside Tiki bar and it was pretty tasty and lovely service. The staff were so friendly and happy to help.

Day 4: The Drive into Key West

We left Duck Key right after check out which was at 11 am. We ate breakfast by the pool before getting on the road (the fewer stops the better sometimes). Especially during this point of the trip when it's mostly bridges and wildlife. The panoramic view from the world-famous 7-mile bridge is so serene.

There are definitely places to stop along the way from Duck to Key West, but there's something so special about the peaceful scenic drive to Key West and the exhilarating anticipation of getting to your next destination.

Where to stay in Key West?

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The Pier House Resort

For booking and resort information click here https://www.pierhouse.com/

This was our second time staying at the Pier house and won't be our last. This is THE SPOT if you like a beach where you can actually go in the water. Most people don't know this about Key West, but there's not too many hotels there that offer beach amenities.

Since the island is mostly surrounded by marinas and boats, only a few hotels have access to a sandy beach. And from our many years of traveling to Key West, we have learned by trial and error which hotels are the best for beach access. Although the Southern Most Hotel is a top contender, the water there can unfortunately get murky and full of seaweed depending on the wind direction. We've stayed there a couple of times and really love the resort, but the beach can be a real bummer if it's churning up mucky seaweed.

However, we never came across this issue at the Pier House. The resort is located on the bay side of the island near Mallory Square and the Boardwalk Marina, so the wind direction is ideal for clean blue water.

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Day 5-7: The best of Key West

Family things to do in Key West?

  • walk the boardwalk at the marina, we did this nightly post-dinner meals

  • visit Kermit's Key West Key Lime Shoppe

  • watch the sunset at Mallory Square

  • Tour Ernest Hemingway's house and pet the 6-toed cats

  • Visit the historical lighthouse

  • ride the conch train and tour the island

  • stand in line to take a picture at the famous mile post 0 buoy

  • schedule a boating excursion, snorkeling, sunset, fishing

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  • Jet ski-if the water isn't choppy

  • Plan a beach day at Smathers beach, check wind direction for seaweed and schedule a day with the clearest water

  • Window shop and collect souvenirs on Duval Street

  • rent a golf cart and drive around to your favorite spots

  • rent bikes

  • visit the aquarium

  • try the Flying monkeys smoothies (non-alcohol choices are available for the family)

  • tour the Butterfly garden

  • satisfy your sweet tooth at Sugar Kingdom

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The Best family-friendly Restaurants in Key West?

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How many days are needed for a Florida Keys vacation?

If you plan to island-hop and stay at different hotels on your way down to Key West, then I would recommend at least 5-7 nights.

If you plan to just take a few pit stops with no overnight stays, then 4 nights in Key West is doable to sightsee and capture the whole island. Plus, you can always plan to stop at different places on your way back home if you didn't get a chance to see and eat at all the places on your itinerary driving to Key West.

The three places I would highly recommend to visit on your way down to Key West are: the Theater of the sea, the Islamorada Fishing Company, and Robbie's in Islamorada.

These places are filled with adventure, clean bathrooms, great for walking around, easy to park, and wheelchair accessible.

What other hotels would you recommend for a family friendly vacation in Key West?

  • Southern Most Hotel

  • Rent a home off of Duval street

  • Margaritaville Beach House Key West

I hope you found this Key West travel guide to be resourceful as you plan your next family vacation in the Florida Keys. It's a beautiful peaceful place near and dear to our hearts and a place we believe you will enjoy as well..

"We could have gone anywhere we wanted to this summer. Anywhere in the world. But when I asked my kids... Kids, remember when I asked you where you wanted to go on vacation? What did you say?" - Clark Griswald

My Kids: "Florida Keys Dad!"

FAQs

Which part of Key West is best for families? ›

Southernmost Beach Resort, Key West

Located, as its name suggests, at the very south end of the Florida Keys in Key West, the charming 4-star Southernmost Beach Resort is another great choice for those traveling as a family.

Which of the Florida Keys is the most family friendly? ›

Marathon and Islamorada are the best options for families to stay during a visit to the Florida Keys. Still, there are so many other local adventures to experience up and down the island chain. The Overseas Highway itself is a fun experience to see the entirety of the locale.

Is Key West family friendly? ›

Key West is a tropical island vacation destination that is wonderful for families with kids. But too often people have a misconception that it's mainly an adult party place. Many folks are not aware of the variety of fabulous experiences the island has to offer families traveling with kids.

What is the best month to go to Key West? ›

The best time to visit Key West is between March and May. The winter crowds will taper off, the hotel rates become reasonable and the weather is remarkably similar to winter's blissful 70s and 80s. Speaking of winter – that season is the island's busiest and priciest.

How long should you spend in Key West? ›

Key West is worth a day trip, but the more time you have, the better! You could easily spend a week in Key West, but 3-4 days is optimal if you want to do it all and still have time to relax.

Is Key West nicer than Miami? ›

Compared to Miami Beach, Key West is much more laid back. The focus is less on looks, and much more on letting loose and enjoying life. In Key West, the evening's festivities begin nightly at sunset, when people gather in Mallory Square for the nightly sunset celebration.

Which Florida Key is the safest? ›

The Islands of Marathon have virtually no crime or traffic congestion and thus is seen to many as the best place to live in the Florida Keys.

Is the Florida Keys a good place for kids? ›

With the warm weather year-round and the beautiful blue waters, the Florida Keys are a great option for a family vacation in Florida. The area is full of marine life, beaches, fishing and other water sports, making it perfect for either a relaxing or adventure-filled vacation.

Which Florida Key has the nicest beach? ›

1. Bahia Honda State Park Beaches, Big Pine Key. The sandy shores of Bahia Honda State Park are, far and away, the best beaches in the Florida Keys.

IS Key West worth the hype? ›

Is Key West worth visiting? If you're looking for a multi-purpose destination - lively nightlife, exceptional water-sports, Old Town atmosphere, plus plenty of literary and political history - then quirky Key West should suit you down to the ground.

Can you stay in Key West without a car? ›

First, know that the island of Key West is quite small: two miles wide by four miles long. If you decide to not have a car in Old Town, be assured that there are many ways to get around Key West, including: walking, bicycling, taxis, electric rental cars, mopeds, pedi-cabs, city buses, trolleys, and hotel shuttles.

Do you need a car when staying in Key West? ›

You don't really need a car in Key West unless you're planning to do a lot of shopping or are heading out to multiple far-fetched points in the Keys. The island is only four miles long and about one mile wide, so almost everything is located within walking distance.

What is the cheapest month to go to Key West? ›

Go during the off season, roughly June to November. (September and November are the cheapest of all.) Shop around for accommodations and compromise on amenities or location. Seek out affordable, casual restaurants.

What time of year is cheapest in Key West? ›

The fall (September–November) is the low season in Key West, and room rates can drop by 50 percent or more. The hot, storm-prone summer months also see lower prices, and you'll find decent discounts in April and May after the winter crowds thin out.

What months Can you swim in Key West? ›

The water at Key West is warm enough for swimming all year round. The ocean reaches its warmest point of the year in July and August when the temperature averages 87 degrees Fahrenheit (31 degrees Celsius). The coolest month is January, when the temperature is usually around 69 °F (21 °C).

What should you not do in Key West? ›

What NOT To Do On Your Key West Vacation
  • Don't Drive in Key West. ...
  • Don't Think Duval Street Has All the Restaurants. ...
  • Don't Let Prices Scare You Off. ...
  • Don't Forget These Key West Essentials: ...
  • Don't Feel Bad Taking a Trolley or Train Tour. ...
  • Don't Miss Sunset in Key West. ...
  • Don't Expect Sandy Beaches.
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What should I not miss in Key West? ›

Don't miss the two pink flamingos in the wading pool.
  • Key West Cemetery. Photo courtesy of Dale M. ...
  • Key West Lighthouse Museum. Old Town. ...
  • The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum. Old Town. ...
  • Harry S. ...
  • Conch Tour Train. ...
  • Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. ...
  • Mallory Square Sunset Celebration. ...
  • Dry Tortugas National Park.

Is everything walkable in Key West? ›

Key West is a very walkable town. Many of the best things to do in Key West are located around Mallory Square, along Duval and Whitehead Streets, and down towards the Southernmost Point. The Key West Trolley can be used as a hop-on hop-off bus to get around Key West.

What is Key West best known for? ›

Key West, the southernmost point in the United States, is famous for watersports, lively nightlife, beaches, historic sites and its pastel, conch-style architechture.

Which is nicer Key Largo or Key West? ›

Key West is a party town filled with nightlife and activity, while Key Largo is more laid-back and relaxed. This means you'll find more activity available during every waking hour you spend on Key West. You'll also find more gift shops, boutiques, and restaurants geared toward visitors on Key West than Key Largo.

What is the most popular Florida Key? ›

Key West. Easily the most famous of the Florida Keys, there's a reason why Key West is the most popular destination in the Keys. With everything from gorgeous historical buildings (like Hemingway's Home) to bumping nightlife and great food, a stop here is a no-brainer.

Which part of the Keys is the best? ›

The best areas to stay in the Florida Keys
  • Key West – Key West is best for culture and history lovers. ...
  • Key Largo – If your dream morning is spent underwater, Key Largo is for you. ...
  • Big Pine Key – Big Pine Key is where to head for a tranquil holiday. ...
  • Marathon – Marathon is known for its fantastic coastline.
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How do people spend a week in the Florida Keys? ›

7-day Florida Keys road trip itinerary
  1. Water and wildlife activities on Key Largo.
  2. Watersports and the Turtle Hospital in Marathon.
  3. Driving Seven Mile Bridge.
  4. Swimming at Bahia Honda State Park.
  5. Looking for Key Deer on Big Pine Key.
  6. Mangrove kayaking.
  7. Sightseeing and historical sites in Key West.
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How many days do you need in the Florida Keys? ›

While it's always ideal to spend more time in any destination, I recommend staying for at least four days in the Florida Keys, if not longer. To accomplish many things to do in the Florida Keys, you'll need a solid five days.

How can I spend 3 days in the Florida Keys? ›

Detailed Itinerary
  1. Day 1: Key Largo and Marathon Key. A beach on Key Largo. ...
  2. Day 2: Explore Key West, Snorkeling and Sunset Adventure. Colorful houses on Duval Street. ...
  3. Day 3: Back to Miami with a stop in Islamorada. Seven Mile Bridge.

Which key has clearest water? ›

Fort Zachary Taylor Park Beach, Key West

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is a National Historic Landmark that offers some of the clearest blue waters for snorkeling and diving in Key West.

Does Key West have swimmable beaches? ›

Yes, Key West has several swimmable beaches. The island is located in the Florida Keys, which is known for its clear blue waters. Some of the best beaches for swimming include Smathers Beach, Higgs Beach, and Fort Zachary Taylor State Park.

What area of Key West is most popular? ›

The 8 Best Neighborhoods in Key West for Tourists
  • Duval Street.
  • Downtown/Historic Seaport.
  • Heart of Old Town.
  • Casa Marina.
  • Bahama Village.
  • Truman Annex.
  • New Town.
  • Sunset Key.
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How much money should I bring to Key West? ›

How much money will you need for your trip to Key West? You should plan to spend around $441 per day on your vacation in Key West, which is the average daily price based on the expenses of other visitors. Past travelers have spent, on average, $308 on meals for one day and $41 on local transportation.

Is there a free shuttle in Key West? ›

This FREE hop-on hop-off bus service runs from the City's Park and Ride on Grinnell Street, along Caroline Street, right on Simonton Street, around Front Street, up the length of Whitehead, through Truman Waterfront, then returns down the length of Simonton to Fleming.

What is the easiest way to get around Key West? ›

Welcome to the best way to get around the heart of Key West. The FREE Duval Loop is a bus route that runs from the Gulf to the Atlantic adjacent to Key West's world-famous main street lined with shops, bars, restaurants, and all sorts of quirky stuff. Hop off when you're ready to go exploring.

Can you see Cuba from Key West? ›

“ The problem is that the earth, being round, curves and Cuba, which is about 90 miles from Key West, falls below the horizon when you look towards it from Key West. It means that regardless of how great your eyesight is, and how clear the day is, there is no way you can see Cuba from anywhere in Key West.

What is the smell in Key West? ›

That ubiquitous smell is decaying sargassum, islands of floating, brown sea algae that is piling up along the beaches of Key West, the Florida peninsula, Mexico and other Caribbean islands. Happens every summer when the winds and currents come from the south.

What is the dress code for Key West? ›

The unofficial dress code in Key West is very casual, so you shouldn't worry about trying to fit those high heels in your suitcase. If you want to dress it down even more, go for it! A nicer pair of shorts or jeans won't make you feel out of place either.

Can you swim in the Florida Keys? ›

Yes, you can swim in the Florida Keys. Florida – the sunshine state of the United States has some gorgeous beaches, but our unwavering attention falls on the coral cay archipelago nestled in the ocean waters – 120 miles off the southern tip of Florida.

What months are hurricane season in Key West? ›

The Atlantic hurricane season formally begins June 1 and ends November 30. Historically, the chances of hurricane activity are greater between August 15 and October 15. Can I travel to the Florida Keys during hurricane season? Absolutely.

What is the rainy season in Key West? ›

December through April, referred to as the dry season, receives just shy of 25 percent of the annual rainfall, usually ahead of cold fronts. June through October is considered the wet season, receiving approximately 65 percent of the yearly total in showers and thunderstorms.

What is the best airport to fly into to go to Key West? ›

EYW — Key West International Airport — Visitors can fly to Key West International Airport via connections or direct flights from a host of Florida cities. The airport offers a host of ground transportation options, including local shuttle buses and rental cars. Getting around Key West is fun and easy!

How long is the ride from Miami to Key West? ›

A: The drive to Key West takes approximately 4 hours from Miami. The distance is 159 Miles (256 KM). Driving the Overseas Highway is a one-of-a-kind experience.

Does it get cold at night in Key West? ›

Nights at Key West are consistently warm, staying above 50 °F nearly throughout the year. From June to September, the temperature normally never gets any colder than 70 degrees.

How long till Key West is underwater? ›

Florida's famous Key West already has invested in massive infrastructure and relocation projects before untold damage is done. Experts are estimating that parts of Key West will be underwater by 2040, and the money it would cost to prepare for this is in the billions.

What part of Key West Do you want to stay in? ›

Duval Street is the best area to stay in Key West, followed by the Historic Seaport, Smathers Beach and New Town, Bahama Village, and Mallory Square. Each area offers different highlights and hotels for different interests.

What side of Key West has the best beaches? ›

Most of the top beaches in Key West are located on its southern shore, with the majority clustered along a stretch of water only a little over a mile in length. Key West's largest beach, Smathers Beach, is an exception.

Is Duval Street OK for kids? ›

The short answer is that Duval Street will be fine for your kids in the daytime. They will see some crass tee shirts and hear music coming from bars. At night, if you are concerned, take Simonston Street back to your hotel.

Can you swim in the ocean at Key West? ›

Boasting temperate waters and more than 3,400 hours of annual sunshine, the beaches of Key West are some of the most popular destinations on this tropical island paradise. You can enjoy the sun, sand and warm water as well as a variety of activities like swimming, snorkeling and fishing.

Which Florida Key has clearest water? ›

Fort Zachary Taylor Park Beach, Key West

Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park is a National Historic Landmark that offers some of the clearest blue waters for snorkeling and diving in Key West.

Do you need a car in Key West? ›

You don't really need a car in Key West unless you're planning to do a lot of shopping or are heading out to multiple far-fetched points in the Keys. The island is only four miles long and about one mile wide, so almost everything is located within walking distance.

Is Key Largo better or Key West? ›

If you're looking for loads of things to do, activities to participate in, and attractions to visit, Key West is your best bet. But if you're looking for a more laid-back, relaxing vacation with outdoor activities, Key Largo is the way to go.

Is Bourbon Street family Friendly? ›

Don't Bring Your Kids

New Orleans is a fabulous city for kids, from toddlers to teenagers, but Bourbon Street is adults-only. The general atmosphere of drinking and debauchery makes it a no-go zone, particularly at night (it's tamer during the daytime, but also not particularly interesting for kids).

Is Key West a good vacation spot for kids? ›

Though the tiny island of Key West proudly boasts more bars per capita than anywhere else in the U.S., there are a surprising number of kid-friendly activities for families to enjoy! The natural beauty of the island and its surrounding waters make Key West a playground of exploration for the young and young at heart.

Is Key West walkable? ›

Key West is a very walkable town. Many of the best things to do in Key West are located around Mallory Square, along Duval and Whitehead Streets, and down towards the Southernmost Point. The Key West Trolley can be used as a hop-on hop-off bus to get around Key West.

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