The Bucket List – Key West Edition
6 things you must do before leaving the Conch Republic.
So you’ve decided to take a Key West vacation. Great! Deciding on things to do in Key West is your next step, and an important one. From snorkeling to parasailing to museums, the list of activities is surprisingly long for such a tiny island. So you don’t miss what makes this island unique, we’ve got your back! Here goes the 6 best things to do in Key West.
Go on a sunset sail.
Key West is famous for its gorgeous sunsets. Mallory Square is the sunset hotspot, with street performers, vendors, and one of the best sunset views from land. But Key West is a small island and crowds form very easily. To escape the hustle and bustle on land (you went on vacation to relax after all) catch a ride aboard local boat to enjoy a sunset you won’t forget. Danger Charters and the Schooner Hindu provide a relaxing atmosphere with craft beer, wine and appetizers. If you’re looking for a livelier experience, Fury’s Commotion on the Ocean features live music and drinks!
Visit Key West’s first legal rum distillery.
Of course and as expected, among the favorite things to do in Key West is DRINK! But why sit in a bar drinking rum when you can visit the place that makes it? Located in a former Coca-Cola bottling plant, the Key West First Legal Rum Distillery offers daily tours with samples of their hard work. The employees love what they do and you can taste it in the rum. The distillers like to say that they are chefs first and distillers second, so every rum is chef-distilled to bring out the best flavors. They use all natural Florida sugar cane and create delicious flavor infusions from coconut to key lime pie. Don’t miss out on this unique stop!
Rent bikes and explore.
The eclectic architecture and style of many Key West homes has been replicated in beach houses all over the country. Greek revival building traditions were morphed by weather concerns and Victorian flare to create the now unmistakable “Conch-Style” homes — Old Town Manor among them!
The best way to appreciate the unique architecture and history of the island? Rent a bike! There are several bike rental companies on the island (we recommend WeCycle for just $10 a day!) that include baskets, locks, and helmets. Not up for the exercise? Scooter rentals will do the trick! Travel like a true Conch, enjoy the sun, and take the time to appreciate this quirky little corner of the U.S.A.
Get in the water.
Key West lies between two great bodies of water – the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico. The crystal clear waters are warm and inviting, and home to countless marine wildlife. It would be a shame to come all this way and not experience our surrounding waters!
While beaching is a blast, the best snorkeling and sandbar-hopping is far off shore. Several different commercial boats will take you there on morning, afternoon or all day excursions that include experienced guides and plenty of refreshments.
Join in the great Key lime pie debate!
You’ve been on a diet for months trying to slim down for the beach. Well, diet no more! You’re on vacation. It’s time to eat and we know exactly where you should start: the famous Key Lime Pie.
There are two front runners in the Key lime pie debate, Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe and Key West Key Lime Pie Company. Who’s pie is better? You tell us! Both shops are located on Greene Street, just a couple of blocks apart, making it easy for you to try one… or four… of each.
Take a ghost tour.
Key West is among the most haunted cities in the United States, and no wonder. The history of the island is littered with violence, disease, and disaster. From pirates to yellow fever and hurricanes, the death toll in Key West was a high one.
Take a walking ghost tour and explore the haunts of “Bone Island.” Tour guides will tell tales of this historic island, among them — a haunted hanging tree where a woman was hung for 3 weeks before dying, and a doctor’s love for a woman…even after her death. See for yourself how many of Key West’s dead linger on.
Key West is one of the most unique cities in the country. We’ve got vibrant locals, a colorful history, and some of the best bars around. Among the best things to do in Key West, is to simply stop and appreciate the character of this amazing island. You don’t want to miss it.
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