Why now is a time to revisit Key West

March 9, 2017 - garden totes

Key West gets a lot of airtime on New Year’s Eve and during annual events like October’s bacchanal Fantasy Fest. But there’s no improved time to revisit a final stop on US 1 than right now, by a spring.

The object is shining, there’s really small rain, and a city is buzzing with appetite and events to keep Conch Republic locals, snowbirds and day-trippers comparison busy.

Plus, proceed flights and new hotels, restaurants and some-more are creation a discerning Key West getaway that many some-more attractive.

New flights

Driving a Overseas Highway to Key West from Miami or Fort Lauderdale is one of a best highway trips in a United States, though if you’re brief on time and wish to fly, there are a series of new anniversary flights that will take we true to a island.

United Airlines is now drifting daily nonstop flights from Newark to Key West by May 4, 2017, and Saturday-only nonstop use from Chicago O’Hare to Key West by Apr 29, 2017.

Other proceed flights to Key West are accessible on American Airlines from Miami, on Delta Airlines from Atlanta, and on Silver Airways from Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

If you’re drifting into Miami International Airport or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, convey buses and let cars are accessible for a tie to a Keys.

New hotels

Accommodations are not inexpensive in Key West, though many are full of ancestral charm, generally if we stay in a heart of Old Town, where Dade County hunger conch cottages and Queen Anne mansions offer untrustworthy porches ideal for happy hour cocktails.

For something some-more modern, a new H2O Suites Hotel gives we entrance to a best of Old Town with a neat place to lay your conduct during night. The 22-room boutique skill has a rooftop rug and pool, and half a suites have personal thrust pools.

For an even fresher experience, there are dual new hotels on Stock Island, a pivotal only north of Key West proper.

Historically, a jetty here has done a area all about fishing, though artists’ collectives and studios and a new Oceans Edge Key West Hotel Marina and The Perry Hotel Key West guarantee to chaperon in a new epoch of cool.

With 20 acres of both Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico waterfront, 6 pools and an on-site marina, Oceans Edge is a incomparable of a two. All 175 bedrooms have sea views, and a review offers H2O sports, fishing, yoga, imagining and a dog park.

Scheduled to open this spring, The Perry Hotel will have 100 water-view rooms, a hip cultured and partnerships with a circuitously distillery, organic village garden and a yacht licence association charity high-end cruises to Cuba, vacating directly from a hotel’s dock.


Yes, Duval Street is home to countless unruly bars and restaurants portion boozy slushies and boiled seafood extravaganzas. But there are also some gems, including a new Ocean Grill Bar (1075 Duval Street), where a signature plate is Key West shrimp and grits.

North of Duval, diners will find under-the-radar eateries like Bien (1000 Eaton Street), portion robust platters of Latin Caribbean fare, and Old Town Bakery (930 Eaton Street), whose pastries, coffee and sandwiches make good fuel for a day of exploration.

Health-conscious eaters will adore Date Thyme (829 Fleming Street), charity vegan and gluten-free options, as good as uninformed organic juices.

The new “Chef Distilled” and “Three Hands Experience” packages during a Stoned Crab grill (3101 North Roosevelt Boulevard) offer a some-more hands-on proceed to dining. The initial will douse we in a Key West Legal Rum distillery routine while a latter includes a half-day fishing licence and marketplace revisit before cook Paul Menta prepares your locate for dinner.


Again, steering transparent of a traveller traps on Duval is advised, though Tucker’s Provisions (611 Duval Street) is value a stop for a fun collection of gifts, books and clothing.

For some-more of an general aptitude in a gallery-like space, a things during Grace on Frances (600 Frances Street) embody Himalayan cashmere scarves, string robes, distinguished Japanese pottery, Moroccan bed linens, ethereal valuables and colorful totes ideal for a day during a beach. (On that note, a best beach in Key West is a one during Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Entry is $2.50)

Book-lovers might ride toward Books Books during The Studios of Key West (533 Eaton Street) where co-founder and author Judy Blume can mostly be found stocking shelves and creation new recover recommendations.

Arts and culture

Right subsequent door, The Studios of Key West is a heart of all things artsy in town, with 3 levels of muster and opening space, and classrooms and internal artists’ studios. There’s something new roughly any day and night, though a monthly First Thursdays open residence is a sharp-witted time to dump by and association with a art-loving locals. (6-8 p.m., initial Thursday of a month).

On Mar 25, The Studios is hosting a Stock Island artist studios debate and Apr sees a opening of an muster by rising Cuban artists Mabel Poblet and Lisandra Ramirez.

Performance-wise, watch for a staged reading of Tennessee Williams’ letters, destined by Rebecca Tomlinson (March 19). The reading is one of a collection of events using by Apr 15 to symbol what would have been dear Key West proprietor Williams’ 106th birthday.

Key West has a abounding art gallery scene, either you’re into excellent art, photography, sculpture, metalwork, weaving or any other form. Standouts embody Gallery on Greene (606 Greene Street), De La Gallery (419 Duval Street), and Harrison Gallery (825 White Street), where artist Helen Harrison’s sculptures desirous by life in a tropics soar toward a ceiling.

The Key West Literary Seminar might have come and left (it’s hold in Jan and 2018’s eventuality is already sole out) though we can soak adult a town’s literary vibes (beyond Hemingway) with a new Old Town Literary Walking Tour that convention organizers lead any Friday during 5 p.m. and Saturday during 10 a.m. Walks are $25 and leave from a Monroe County Public Library (700 Fleming Street).

Sunset spots

If you’d rather not join a crowds in Mallory Square to watch a object drop next a horizon, choice vantage points embody Fort Zachary State Park, Sunset Key, a rug during Louie’s Backyard, and, a pick, Top Spa during La Concha Hotel.

Spacious double diagnosis bedrooms have one of a best views of a nightfall in town, that we can suffer from your showering or private patio post-massage with a nominal cocktail in hand. (Treatments come with an additional 30 mins in your diagnosis suite.) Spring specials embody a Couples Island Journey for $299 via Mar and an Island Facial for $125 in April.

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