Cruise to Key West

Famous nightly sunset watching in Key West, Florida.

Top 5 things to do in Key West

  1. Head to the Southernmost Point Buoy (only 90 miles from Cuba!)
  2. Snorkel the third largest barrier reef
  3. Taste the best Key Lime Pie
  4. Go on a Duval Pub Crawl
  5. Spend the day at Fort Zachary Taylor Beach & State Park
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In Key West, it's hard to tell the millionaires from the down-at-heel — and that's the point. This is the end of the road, both the southernmost spot in the continental U.S. (with a much-photographed marker to prove it) and a refuge for Key West's eclectic mix of escapees from the mainland and mainstream.

Take a stroll up Duval Street — it splits old Key West in half — for shopping, drinking and serious people-watching. Sites skew historical and natural; don't miss Hemingway's House and the six-toed cats or the old Key West Cemetery with its hilarious headstones. Beaches are not the greatest in Key West (Fort Zachary being the best option) but just offshore you can snorkel or dive the third largest barrier reef. And of all the things you try, you must find yourself some Key Lime Pie. Local tip: Make sure it’s a creamy-white color, not green.

Is Key West really part of the U.S.? Or is it a world unto itself? Come see, and answer the question for yourself.

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Key West Highlights


  • Ernest Hemingway's House and his six-toed cats
  • Southernmost Point Buoy
  • Beautiful boats in the Historic Harbor


  • Buy a pair of Kino Sandals handmade in Key West
  • Explore the boutiques in Bahama Village
  • Duval Street


  • Conch Fritters at the Conch Republic
  • Homemade corn tortillas at Amigos
  • Locally brewed beer at The Waterfront Brewery

Shore Excursions

  • Snorkel the third largest barrier reef
  • Tour the island with Key Lime Bike Tours
  • Visit Ernest Hemingway's House and the Key West Lighthouse


  • Hop on the Conch Tour Train
  • See what's under the sea on a glass bottom boat
  • Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory


  • Fort Zachary Taylor Beach & State Park
  • Smathers Beach
  • South Beach in Key West (just bigger than a postage stamp)

Solo Exploration

  • Rent a bike and explore the island
  • Check out the hilarious headstones at Key West Cemetery
  • Go on a catamaran snorkeling adventure


  • Buy a day pass at The Southernmost House
  • Stroll along the historic seaport
  • Lunch at Latitudes on Sunset Key (make reservations)


  • Go on a self-guided tour of the Key West Cemetery
  • Check out the historical U.S. Coast Guard Maritime Museum and ship tour
  • Tour the historic Harry S. Truman Little White House