Key West has a rich history and is a destination for rebels and those who want to escape. Key West is built as one of the most beautiful resorts in Florida. There are many things to do; from water sports and activities to local attractions and historical places, choosing is the most challenging part. Take it easy and use our travel guide to shape the ideal 48-hours in Key West.
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Day 1:- Morning
Your first stop is your hotel, The Gates Key West. Live music offers happy hours every day. It is also part of a more massive hotel complex so you can enjoy the amenities of all three hotels, not just one. Once your bags are dropped, you can have breakfast from its delicious food.
If you would like to spend some time on the water, get a seat at the Gates poolside bar. You will often see locals here, loaded with many stories of Key West back in time. Once you spend some relaxing time, take the shuttle bus that transports hotel guests to the city center where the visitor can see all the well-known sites and where the party goes.
Day 1:- Afternoon
The shuttle of the hotel will drop you off in the city center, near Mallory Square. Here you can survey the local souvenir stores and have lunch in the local historic “Blue Heaven,” where chickens will peck your feet while dining.
The central square is designed with many museums. Feed stingrays or watch the rescued turtles train at the Key West Aquarium with new prosthetic fins. Now, visit the Shipwreck Museum to find about maritime bounties of Key West or head to see a veritable treasure at the Maritime Museum.
Day 1:- Evening
After learning about Key West’s present and past, treat yourself with a Papa’s Pillar Distillery’s signature rum cocktail. Seek for the Key West’s Smallest Bar, which has two seats but offers spectacular views of Duval Street.
Key West is famed for its magnificent sunsets. You can also see green “sparkles” on a bright day when below the horizon, the sunsets. Every evening, sunset celebrations are held in Mallory Square, where street performers play music, swallow swords or juggle.
Now, head to El Meson de Pepe for dinner, where Cuban classics are served with music and dance in the background. The bar also features live salsa dancers and musicians, and passersby usually dance nearby the eatery.
Day 2:- Morning
After an overnight in Duval, you will need a relaxing morning, so sleep well and recover. If you are ready for the day, take a stroll through the city’s Moon Dog Café in the city center and enjoy the fresh mimosa. This coffee shop and amusing interior bakery will leave you with island style.
After refueling, it is time to head to the Southernmost Point – the best head of Key West. Technically, the southernmost point on the continental United States is the private island of Ballast Key. On the street near the buoy, you will find the ”Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory’’; here you can stroll among the colorful butterfly groups.
Day 2:- Afternoon
Back at the northern end, enjoy a bountiful seafood lunch (freshly caught). Conch Republic Seafood offers Caribbean-inspired dishes as well as more traditional ribs and steaks. You can also sit down on the more peaceful place, Half Shell Raw Bar; you can have a mountain of food and tables on the water, for half the rate of Duval Street’s competitors.
Key West Furious Water Adventure offers many tours, from dolphin discovery tours to sunset cruises. Further, the midday cruise leaves at 4 p.m., and it will take you for kayaking through mangroves, snorkeling off the coast, spotting wildlife on the sandbars, along with serving unlimited drinks.
Day 2:- Evening
Once docked, you can follow the party at the 801 Bourbon Bar. The bar has signature nights starring everything from karaoke to drag shows. Another local pick is Green Parrot, a self-described shelter for suspicious “hi-jinks and misadventures,” but in reality, it is a “well-visionary” diving bar of live music every night with a rotating roster. Once your toes begin dancing, move toward Rick’s Key West, where a DJ-driven space stands out amongst the live bands near Duval Street.