Key West

As enigmatic and quirky as it is alluring, Key West delivers a full spectrum of colorful culture in a two-by-four-mile island. From the heady days when Ernest Hemingway lived and wrote here, the island has become a literary destination, while outdoorsy types flock here for snorkeling and diving. Take time to discover the many different sides of this island paradise.

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In recent years, Key West is bustling with visitors year-round, though the island is most crowded and prices highest between November and April. Seasonal events in October also bring crowds. Summer months are positively steamy, and hurricane season can also pose a threat.


Visas: Travelers from outside the United States will need a valid passport, as well as ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) eligibility or a full visa. 
Money: Currency is U.S. dollars and ATMs are widely available. 
Travel Health: Travelers (including U.S. citizens) should check for vaccinationproof of negative COVID-19 test and face mask requirements, as well as any travel restrictions before planning their trip. Before traveling, research and prepare for what to do if you get sick while away. Get updated guidance on health and safety, as well as reopening information from the Florida Department of Health website.


Getting Here: Many travelers would argue that the absolute best way to arrive in Key West is via road trip from Miami — and they are correct. The drive down A1A (Overseas Highway) is one of the nation’s most spectacular. If you’re unable to make the drive, Key West is served by Key West International Airport (EYW).
Getting Around: Key West measures a mere 4 x 1.5-miles, and many visitors choose to explore via bicycle or scooter rental. The island’s Old Town is easily explored on foot, and ride shares, pedicabs and taxis are also available.


Local Lingo: Conch Republic: What locals call their island of Key West. Conch: A long-term Key West local. Fresh Water Conch: Someone who’s only lived in Key West a short amount of time. 
Must-Have Apps: UberGoogle Maps
Insider Tips: If the sunset crowds around Mallory Square are “harshing your mellow,” catch the very same sunset in a far more peaceful setting at Truman Waterfront Park.