It’s no secret: Key West in the summer is HOT. But don’t let the heat stop you from making a summertime trip to Key West. In July, August and September, crowds are smaller and many local businesses offer deals on lodging, food and gifts. It’s a great time to visit, but guests to the island should be aware of the hot and humid Key West weather, and how to beat the heat. Here are some tips to stay cool in Key West.
- Get in the AC
South Florida would not be South Florida without the ingenuity of high power, cool blowing air conditioning. We love our AC’s down here, and recognize they are an absolute necessity in the summertime. Opt for restaurants with cool indoor seating, crank the AC in your hotel room, and check out indoor museums and shops along Duval Street where you can stay cool.
- Stay hydrated
We can’t stress this enough. Visitors to Key West should drink way more water than they normally do at home. With the heat and humidity, and probably some alcoholic beverages the night before, you need to drink plenty of water all day long.
- Go for a swim
What better way to enjoy summer than relaxing in a refreshing pool of water? The swimming pool at Rose Lane Villas is available for all of our guests, and offers a quiet, shaded retreat. The perfect way to cool down!
- Stay shaded
While you’re walking down the street, hanging out at the beach, or lying pool-side, search for shaded areas. The hot sun beating down can be exhausting. Don’t forget to pack your wide brim hat!
- Dress light and casual
Light, airy fabrics will keep you cool. In Key West, there’s no need to fuss over your wardrobe. Think the very realistic wardrobes in the Netflix drama, Bloodline, that takes place in Islamorada. You’ll fit right in wearing cotton, linen and flip flops!
- Get a ride
Although strolling through Old Town, Key West is very doable, getting a ride is easier and cooler than walking. Hail a pedicab for a unique Key West experience, rent an electric car, or hop in a taxi. If you do walk, take it easy and slow, and don’t be afraid to stop for a beverage along the way.
- Have a frozen beverage
Speaking of beverages… make yours frozen! When you need a cool-down, an icy Pina Colada will do the trick. We recommend Fat Tuesdays and Flying Monkeys on Duval Street, both just steps from Old Town Manor & Rose Lane Villas.
- Enjoy a siesta
At the hottest part of the day, retreat to your comfortable, air conditioned room to relax. Read a book, take a cool shower, or have a nap. You’ll emerge feeling refreshed!