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How to get the most out of Key West in a day

Updated: Jan 23, 2022

Boating, fishing, and having fun are some of the popular activities the Florida keys offer. In my opinion, Key West is a great destination for adventurers who like to drive, eat, and explore. The keys are so close that I'm able to drive there in less than 3 hours from where I live.

Key West is not only one of the last Florida Key islands, but also among the best places to experience the tropical island vibe. This island also offers a number of activities.

In today's post, I would like to invite you to discover the best of Key West in one day, so keep reading if you want to know the best way to enjoy your day trip around this amazing island. You're welcome to share this blog if you feel like it was useful to you.

Southernmost point

A buoy at the is a must. In addition to marking the south-most point of the continental United States, it is 90 miles away from Cuba - you heard it right!

Show up early to avoid waiting in a line to take a selfie with the buoy.

Smathers Beach


This beach is characterized by clear water and white sand. Swimming, snorkeling, parasailing, and soaking up the sun are all great activities. Since you will be out in the sun for most of the day, remember to apply plenty of sun protection lotion.

Ernest Hemingway's home and museum

If you only have time for a day trip, Ernest Hemingway's home and museum should not be missed. Ernest Hemingway is a famous American novelist, short-story writer, and journalist. For those of you who might not know, he writes short stories, novels, and journalism. Tours of the house and garden are available for 30 minutes. I recommend visiting early to avoid the crowds.

Truman waterfront park

Truman Waterfront Park is a great place for families. It has a number of playgrounds.

Mallory Square.

It is impossible to leave this island without visiting Mallory Square. Sunsets in key west are the most beautiful I've ever seen. Seeing the sun go down here is so mesmerizing that residents and visitors gather together. You can share a sip or two of wine with your loved one or enjoy a 2 hour Adults only Champagne Celebration Sunset Cruise. The following link will direct you to all the activities available in Key West.

Interested in eating like a local? Hogfish bar and grill is the place to be. Great local food can be found here. Their fish dip and hogfish tacos are my favorites. I should also mention that it's somewhat hidden and the area does not have air conditioning.

Would you like to spend more than one day in Key West? Check out this amazing bed and breakfast stay I have for you called the grant guesthouse my absolutely favorite. Just click on the link

Wishing you the best time in Key West and thank you for reading.

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