Each evening, Key West's legendary sunset unveils a showcase of patterns and colors, highlighting the natural magnificence of this extraordinary oasis. Between vividly painted Victorian houses, the underwater Eden of the Gulf of Mexico, tales of rum-runners and pirates, the island tells its own stories.
A stately 19th-century house’s French doors open into the rooms that Ernest Hemingway – perhaps Key West’s most famous resident, if the Hemingway Days festival is any indication – called home during the 1930s. Furnished by his then-wife with decor from France and Spain, the two-story home is filled with upholstered sofas, carved wood chests, and Matelassé textiles. Wander through the lush gardens surrounding the house and watch for the descendants of Hemingway’s cat that live here.Learn More
Some of the best snorkeling and diving in the region can be found at Fort Jefferson/Dry Tortugas National Park, 70 miles west of Key West by boat. The Dry Tortugas are considered one of the area’s most pristine dive and snorkel spots, and are home to marine life from corals to sea turtles to reef sharks, and more. The beaches and landscape of Fort Jefferson, a 19th-century fort, are popular for camping, birding, and hiking.Learn More
Rum is woven into Key West’s DNA, from the rum-runners of yore to the rum-based cocktails of today’s lively bars, and yet, prior to 2014, rum had never officially been distilled in Key West. That all changed with the opening of Key West First Legal Rum Distillery in the historic Jack’s Saloon. Opened by chef Paul Menta, the distillery uses Florida sugar cane and bases its processes on chef-style craftsmanship. Take a tour of the unique distillery and taste its homemade spirits.Learn More
Hidden away on the edge of Key West, overlooking the area’s tropical waters, the Civil War-era West Martello Tower fort is home to some of the island’s most beautiful and impressive gardens. Maintained by the all-volunteer Key West Garden Club, the gardens are free to the public, and regularly host educational events.Learn More
At the Key West Butterfly and Nature Conservatory, wander among fluttering butterflies in a climate-controlled conservatory. The tropical paradise features 50 to 60 species of butterflies, as well as more than 20 species of exotic birds, a gazebo, cascading waterfalls and several ponds. In the Learning Center, kids can find out about the anatomy, life cycle and migrations of the Monarch butterfly.Learn More
This weeklong event is considered the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing, a high-speed offshore powerboat race held in Key West Harbor and in the surrounding waters.Learn More
Held at the historic San Carlos Institute, this four-day celebration of reading honors Key West’s literary tradition with readings, workshops, panel discussions, and lectures by award-winning authors.
This world-class regatta attracts more than 100 racing yachts from numerous countries and states. Viewing is available from spectator boats that include historic tall ships and excursion catamarans.
Held in the heart of Key West’s historic Old Town, this acclaimed art show features oil paintings, watercolors, sculpture, and photography by renowned American artists from around the country.
This annual, 10-day celebration commemorates Key West’s 1982 mock-secession from the Union, which gave birth to the Conch Republic. Highlights include a wacky bed race and sea battle featuring tall ships.Learn More
The Harry S. Truman Legacy Symposium pays homage to Key West’s political history and presidential legacy with panel discussions, a reception, and tours of the Little White House.
One the country’s premier music festivals, this five-day affair features more than 100 performers and more than 25 free shows, held at intimate island locales and music hotspots.
This five-day celebration of Key West’s vibrant gay community includes a film festival, dance parties, drag shows, a parade, street fair, and bike tours.
To commemorate Ernest Hemingway’s birthday each summer, Key West holds its renowned festival, whose events include a Hemingway look-alike contest, running of the bulls, and literary contest.Learn More
Go behind the scenes of the historic architecture that fills Key West with this long-running house tour series, held once a month in the winter by the Old Island Restoration Foundation.
Soothe your mind and body at the Spa at Sunset Key, where treatments are inspired by the beachfront, tropical surroundings.Learn More
Recharge in a lounge chair under a shady umbrella or splash in the gentle waves on our large private beach - a natural wonder of white sand and cool breezes.Learn More
Dine on freshly caught seafood and tropical produce at the breezy, oceanfront tables at the Latitudes Restaurants, considered one of best in Key WestLearn More