Because it’s so easy to get to, a weekend trip to Key West is a great choice for any time of year. It may not seem like a lot of time but with careful planning, there’s a lot you can do in 48 hours. Check out the upscale hotel accommodations, exciting activities, and creative dining opportunities open to you.
Places To Stay
Many of the hotels on Key West are known for being quiet and secluded, with gem-like courtyard pools and lush gardens, well-made breakfasts, and a wide range of room decor styles. Some hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts let guests borrow or rent bicycles to cruise Key West independently, which makes for a great self-guided tour of the island. The bigger resorts typically offer on-site fine dining, beach and marina access, plus swimming pools, lounges, spa services, and other upscale amenities.
Key West is dotted with lots of bed and breakfasts and smaller hotels. If you’d rather enjoy the increased amenities of a larger hotel experience, there are plenty of big-name hotel chains to choose from, such as Marriott and Hyatt.
Some properties, like 24 North Hotel, offer special packages that include perks like tours or discounts for Florida residents. The Avalon, Island City House Hotel, The Southernmost Inn, and the Truman Hotel get high marks from travelers for their attentive service.
Some of the most popular choices include the Pier House Resort and Spa, Santa Maria Suites Hotel, and The Marker Waterfront Resort, which appeal to guests seeking a balance in getting away from it all while still having access to amenities, pampering, and the convenience of on-site dining.
Things To Do
For the best shopping experience, explore the areas around Duval Street and including Mallory Square. Even if you’re just window shopping, there are numerous boutiques, stores, cafes, galleries, and bars to tempt you. Browse for jewelry, clothing, art, pottery, handcrafted goods, housewares, glassware, decor items, and foodie treats, too.
These charming streets are lined with places to try local foods, ice cream, key lime pie, and summery cocktails. If shopping’s not your thing, book local spa treatments, attend local arts and cultural programming or explore local festivals. Depending on the time of year, there are home and garden festivals, food and wine festivals, and the famous annual Hemingway Days festival.
Adventures for All
Book your fare on the ferry from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park. You can tour the historic Fort Jefferson off the coast of Key West which is now a national park, kayak around the small islands that make up the Dry Tortugas National Park, swim at the beach there, and picnic on-site.
Book a fishing charter for all-ages fun that’s great for experienced as well as novice fishing enthusiasts. Just bring your lunch and sunscreen for a day of fun at sea, with an experienced captain and crew. Check out All in Fishing Charters for your choice of reef, wreck, flats, and deep water fishing. You don’t need to bring any gear or permits–everything is taken care of for you. Plus, the experienced crew is on-hand for basic advice and pointers so that everyone is assured of an enjoyable time.
Exciting and Delicious Meals
If you’re in the mood for local favorites like fish tacos and conch fritters, don’t miss a chance to visit Eaton Street Seafood Market. Check out the lobster roll and fish sandwiches for a legendary meal. Everything here is so good because their dishes are prepared with the freshest seafood delivered by local fishermen. And with outdoor seating at shaded tables, you can enjoy a relaxed meal for lunch or dinner, or you can take your meal to-go.
Other popular and locally-owned restaurants include Duetto’s. The hand-tossed pizza pies are absolutely famous, and after your dinner, you can’t leave without trying the homemade gelato, too. It’s well-known for being made with fresh milk and is delicious. For the best key lime pie in Key West, make a stop at Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Pie Shoppe.
The Elizabeth Street location has a full cafe menu, too, plus a charming shop where you can buy souvenirs of your trip as well as treats like lime-influenced cookies, condiments, and even health and wellness products. The city is also home to several food tour companies offering an off-the-beaten-path look at local cuisine.
With a weekend in Key West, you can enjoy a wide range of activities and fine dining. In just 48 hours, you can go fishing, snorkeling, and biking, while also enjoying delicious fish tacos, key lime pie, and other local treats. There’s also plenty of opportunities to relax at your hotel, B and B or resort, with poolside loungers, spa services, and marina access. Book your next vacation in Key West today!