Welcome to the land of sherbet-colored sunsets, sunken Spanish galleons, and island eccentrics—where roosters roam the streets. Get your fill of the island's offbeat charm, and don't miss hotel extras like Aqua Yoga and craft-cocktail tastings. The concierge can help you book a charter boat, rent bikes, and more.
Leave it to Key West to throw a party for sunset. Every night, performers, artists, and onlookers gather in Mallory Square for the iconic pink and orange sky. When the light fades, head to Duval Street for the city's celebrated nightlife.
The museum's namesake recovered millions of dollars in sunken treasure from two 17th-century Spanish galleons just off the shores of Key West. Marvel at these riches and more, including a gold cup designed to prevent poisoning.
Key West in the 1800s was a hub for the shipwreck salvage industry, and this replica of a wrecker's warehouse uses actors and artifacts to recreate the exciting and dangerous work. Don't miss the view from the 65-foot watchtower.
Get a behind-the-scenes look at postwar politics when you explore this 1890 home, which hosted Truman and later sitting presidents at critical moments in history. The museum sits on an acre of shade trees and tropical gardens.
Visit the home where one of America's most revered authors lived and wrote from 1931 to 1939. Located in lush gardens near the Key West Lighthouse, it hosts some of Hemingway's books and many descendants of his six-toed cat.
Hang out with the locals at this storied Key West dive bar two blocks away from Mile Marker 0. Located off the main drag of Duval Street, it's THE place to see live music, with bands scheduled most nights of the week.
Stroll among the carvings and crypts of the island's characters and eccentrics—including the town hypochondriac, whose gravestone reads, "I told you I was sick." You can find self-guided tours of the cemetery online.
For a taste of tropical paradise, wander through the atrium filled with 50 to 60 species of butterflies and 20 types of exotic birds. While you're in the area, check out the Southernmost Point of the Continental United States, just around the corner.
The 54-acre park combines naval history and outdoor fun, with a Civil War-era fort, wooded nature trails, and wide beaches. Plan a picnic or go snorkeling to catch a glimpse of tropical fish and coral colonies.
For an unforgettable day trip, hop a boat or seaplane to Dry Tortugas, home of the largest brick fortress in the Western Hemisphere and a pristine tropical ecosystem offering incredible views to snorkelers and divers.