We know you can’t wait for the cold season to pass and finally get in your FlipFlops and beachwear so we thought we’d help you look for your next beach destination! Sure, going to Maldives or anywhere in the Bahamas sounds so amazing but we’re not exactly in the “free-to-travel” state yet so let’s talk about a beach destination that’s a bit closer to home; Key West Florida!
Aside from the fact that it is closer to home, here are 4 reasons why Key West Florida is the perfect destination for you and your significant other.
1. Sun, sea, and sand!
It wouldn't be a Madison Ashley vibe if we didn't talk about the sand and seas so this is first on our list! So, once the winter season has ended and the weather is more forgiving, we can all go outside and enjoy the warmer days. If you’re a summer child then just like us, you must have missed the sun, sea and sand!
Key West is the southernmost subtropical paradise of Florida. The streets are lined with palm trees and a lot of beaches for you to enjoy!
The most popular beach in Key West is Smathers Beach. It has excellent swimming conditions and two miles of sandy shores! Dog Beach is well-loved by fur-parents because where else can you find a beach that allows dogs to run freely and play in the water? South Beach is best for families with kids because of its calm, shallow waters.
The best time to visit Key West is during the spring months between March and May which is perfect because it's pretty soon!
2. Sea creatures
If you're looking for an authentic beach experience and you love swimming with sea creatures, you can definitely find that in the beaches of Key West. Thanks to its natural shoreline of ground coral, you will see colorful fishes from hogfishes and barracudas to parrotfishes and groupers! There are always schools of fishes to see–both big and small! You will also see your beloved Bottlenose Dolphins, Spiny Lobsters, Manatees, Stingrays, Loggerhead Sea Turtles, Nurse Sharks and Reef Sharks.
If you're looking for a chance to see some of these creatures in their natural habitat, Zachary Taylor Beach would be a good place to go. It is one of the top snorkeling spots in Key West but if you’re looking for an adventure on land, you can also enjoy it's scenic nature trails and historic guided tours!
One of the reasons why we love going to the beach is watching the sky turn from bright blue to pinks, oranges and red. If you’re one of those people who loves to relax while watching the sunset, Key West Florida has amazing-no filter needed- sunsets!
If you're the type of person that lives to chase sunsets, Higgs Beach offers the best views of both sunrises and sunsets. It is a small beach in Key West but it is in the perfect position to watch the sky change from day to night and vice versa.
4. Something for everyone
Unlike other beach destinations, Key West offers a variety of beach vibes. You can choose if you want the whole outdoor beach experience by diving, fishing, doing watersports, (or) relax by playing golf or shopping by day, (or) go on a historical and cultural discovery through one of the many historical guided tours available, (or) just enjoy sightseeing and marvel at the sunset celebration held each evening at Mallory Square. It’s an entire festival with entertainment and acts right in front of the breathtaking sunset.
Here’s an idea! Check out some of the activities you can enjoy in Key West
Nature and Sightseeing Tour
If you’d rather enjoy tropical greenery, hike, or just a nice view, you can check out Audubon House &Tropical Gardens or Dry Tortugas National Park.
If you’re into appreciating land animals, you can go to Butterfly & Nature Conservatory, Big Pine Key within home to the National Key Deer Refuge, as well as Seven-Mile Bridge.
Or if you’re looking for a land based adventure, you can go on one of the ranger-guided tours in Zachary Taylor Beach.
Key West has a lot of interesting historic places and museums you can visit because of its rich history and important role during numerous events of the Civil War. Some popular places to visit are the Key West Lighthouse, West Martello Tower, Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum, Key West Museum of Art & History at the Custom House, and Zachary Taylor Historic State Park.
Arts and Culture
Key West is an Artist's Haven. If you want to take him and appreciate art, the Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House is the place to go. Performing arts is also a hit around the town so if you want to experience it while you’re there, check out The Waterfront Playhouse, Red Barn Theatre or Tennessee Williams Theatre to catch one of their daily shows. You can also do the Key West Southernmost Food and Cultural Walking Tour.
Snorkeling or Diving
This is probably obvious because Key West is known for its coral reefs and its numerous snorkeling destinations. Dive enthusiasts also come to Key West to explore around the 8.5-foot-tall Christ of the Deep sculpture that has been submerged in Key Largo waters since 1966.
Sailing and Fishing
Aside from boat tours, you can come here for sunset sailing, boat cruises, and even learn to sail. If you’re into fishing, Islamorada is the place to go! The place is known for sport fishing and numerous boat charters so you can definitely make your deep-sea fishing dream come true!
The experience will never be complete if you don’t enjoy a feast! Key West also has a lot of world-class restaurants with island specialties serving fresh seafood straight from the sea!
At night, adults can enjoy drinks and dishes in sidewalk cafes or smell the ocean in their open-air bars and pubs. These bars or pubs usually entertain you with musical or comedy performers on local stages too! If you want to see the nightlife and see as much as you can, you can even do a pub crawl.
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