Post # 1
My husband and I are considering doing a Florida Keys vacation in the fall. Is this a good time to visit the Keys (October/Novemberish)? We’ll be on the tail end of hurricane season, right? We were planning on going to an AI but we did that last November and are doing a cruise next month, so I think this would be really fun and we need to get more adventuresome, lol!
Any suggestions on places to stay or eat, things to do, a good route to take? I imagine we’d fly into Miami and rent a car for week, or is there somewhere better to fly into? I have no idea where to start for planning.
Post # 3
i’ve only ever been to key west but it was amazing! highly recommend it.
Post # 4
I love the Keys! October/November in Florida is beautiful (as long as there aren’t any stray hurricanes coming through!).
One of my friends lives in south Florida. We drove by Miami and onto US 1. US 1 will take you all the way through the keys into Key West. The drive is beautiful, definitely go when it’s still light out. We drove through once at night and the 4 hour drive felt like it took forever since we couldn’t see anything.
I loved Key West; it’s a ton of fun! We’ve stayed on Pine Key before and it’s very nice and relaxing. Definitely rent a jet ski while you’re down there, the water is so amazing!
Post # 5
If you want you could actually fly into Fort Myers and take the speed ferry right down to Key West. A majority fo people down there just rent mopeds to drive around in. The island is small and easy to get around. You most likely won’t even need a car since everything is close together ( near Duval St) Also, I would try to avoid going during any part of Hurricane Season. Hurricanes often happen before and after the offical Hurrican Season. The Keys always get slammed and I would feel horrible if your Honeymoon was ruined. I grew up in Florida and the Keys ALWAYS get hit. I don’t want to scare you away, just don’t want your plans ruined.
As a side note check out Fried Conch and the diff Key Lime Pies !
Just to note Fantasy Fest occurs at the end of October in Key West. You may or may not want to book your trip around that.
Post # 6
We’re going to Key West for our honeymoon as well, but in June. We’re flying directly into Key West International Airport. I’ll definitely keep an eye on this post 🙂 So excited!
Post # 7
We had the best time! We flew into Miami, rented a great car and then made a really fun drive down to the Keys! This makes it an adventure!
Stopped for a long walk at the Everglades’ National Park, then got back on the road, then took a detour and had the BEST EVER conch fritters at “Alabama Jack’s”!
We loved Key West! Amazing food! Our fave place for Cuban’s was El Meson de Pepe, but my wedding coordinator (Nika Stroble of Soiree Key West) suggested El Ciboney (we’ll hit that next time).
Our wedding cake in the keys was actually Key Lime Pie from Blonde Giraffe!
We love that place! Definitely do take a snorkeling tour that goes out..
Fwiw, I loved where we stayed (Key West Marriott Beachside), but think next time I’d prefer either staying at Pier House or at Casa Marina.
Post # 8
Are there more to the Keys than just Key West? I thought there were a bunch of little islands, which is why I figured we could drive from Miami (and I’ve heard that drive is beautiful) but if not then we’re probably best to fly into Ft Meyers. I knew Key West was the ‘hub’ of the Keys but figured 2-4 days there would suffice. Am I way off?
I’ve been to S. Florida a bunch but never to the Everglades so if they’re close, I’d love to do that too! And the place where someone on another thread was saying that little deer come right up to you…wish I’d written it down!
Is a week too long to do the Keys??
Post # 9
The Florida Keys are awesome. Yes there are a sting of keys, but just one main road in and out. Key Largo is at the top and Key West at the bottom. That is the height of hurrican season though. If you have flexibility,you might want to plan it for Nov or Dec. Since there is only one road, hurricane evacuations can be dicey.
Checkout “Theater by the Sea” … you can swim with the sea lions!
Post # 10
H! Yes there is more to the keys then just key west. But the rest of the keys are more “sleepy” or geared to the sport fisherman.
I like to stop at Bahia Honda- its a lovely park.
If you have an extra day and some $$ the MOORINGS is a beautiful spa/hotel.
Also I second one of the posters above about ALABAMA JACKS- its so Florida- I love it.
Homestead which is more miami- makes for some interesting stops too. There’s a tropical winery there called SCHNELBYS (horrible name, wonderful wine). Also a fruit stand in homestead called ROBERT IS HERE, which has amazing fruit shakes and you’ll be amazed at all the unique tropical fruits.
I think a week is too long to be solely in KEY WEST, there is a lot to do there, but after a week you may get ants in the pants. I do recommend in KW, doing the haunted tour, the butterfly conservatory, drag queen bingo (OMG FUN!), Better then Sex dessert restaurant, a sunset cruise, rent bikes, conch train tour, breakfast at Pepe’s and also breakfast at Blue Heaven. Live music at the green parrot bar. Sunset at mallory Square, grab lunch/dinner to go at Mundy the Pirate (don’t be fooled by the fact he’s set up next to gas station). Check out the galleries at the southern end- more local type art.
Have fun! You’ll have a blast driving down from Miami- wherever you decide to stop!
Post # 11
Oh and the little deer are on mainly big pine key-