So, as you know, we just got back from 10 days in Key West, Florida.
And I know that some of you are planning trips to Key West and so I thought I’d share what we did and recommendations for your trip!
What we did
The Beach. We went to Smathers Beach, which we really enjoyed. It never seemed too busy and it was easy to park and walk right onto the beach.
The Conch Train Tour.
We waited until the last day to do this one. . . which was silly, we learned a lot of things about the Island that we wished we would have known earlier. So, if you are thinking about doing a tour – do it in the first few days. As with any tour, it is totally dependent on the personality of the tour guide. The first guy we had for the first half was just ok. . . we ended up hopping off at one of the stops to do some shopping and lunch on Duval Street and then the second guy we had was really good.
Wandering on Duval Street. We did this at least once per day. . . shopping, people watching, and food.
The Butterfly Conservatory. This is the #1 attraction on Trip Advisor, so Luke and Aunt Jenny checked it out. And per Jenny, it was a little bit of a let down. It was busy, hot and not as cool as she expected. . . and Luke only lasted about 15 minutes before wanting to be done. . .
Visited the Southermost Point. Because, when in Key West. . .
And the beginning/end of Highway 1. . . . because I’m married to a traffic engineer.
And the sunset at Mallory Square. Tip – get there about an hour before sunset to watch the performers.
Eating Key Lime Pie – that’s an activity, right? We tried many different places – and I think our favorite was from the Key Lime Pie Co.
Where we ate
We ate at A LOT of places. . .some great, some good and some not very good. I’m just going to highlight the great places!
Garbo’s Grill. <—EAT HERE!
The best meal we had the whole trip and we ate here twice. It’s actually just a little food truck that serves delicious food. And make sure to double check their hours, because they aren’t always open. And they will close early if it’s raining.
Santiago’s Bodega. The best dinner we had on the Island. Tapas style dining. And do me a favor – get the burrata.
Coffee Plantation. The Almond Joy latte – hot or iced – was delicious.
Glazed Donuts. And don’t miss the Southernmost Donut Shop. Scott loved the key lime pie donut and I thought the tangerine cream was amazing.
Frita’s Cuban Burger Café. This was another fun place to eat – we got a bunch of different items from the menu and then shared everything. The overall winner though was the Cuban burger.
Key Plaza Creperie. Totally random location in a strip mall on the other side of Key West from Duval Street. While it was spendy, the crepes were delicious.
Smoothie Shuttle. We went here pretty much every day. The perfect afternoon snack while wandering around. Get the Planet B.
Where we stayed
I used VRBO and found a 3 bedroom condo that would fit my family + our extended family.
It was on Stock Island, which is the next island up from Key West and ended up being a 15 minute drive to Duval Street. That ended up working well for our family. We had a great view and enjoyed spending time at the condo.
And let’s be honest, the view from the master shower was ah-mazing.
But if you are interested in hanging out on Duval Street a lot, I would make sure and stay on Key West within walking distance of Duval, because the drive + parking can be annoying.
And now we are onto planning our next vacation. . . Any recommendations?