(Closed) Honeymoon at key west !??

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Hi!! I’ve been to Key West twice – once on a girls trip and once with another group of friends. On that first trip, I was so excited for some beach time. Ha!! There aren’t very many beaches in Key West.  🙁 Seriously. There are one or two small beaches, but there are not very many beach options. The shopping and drinking options are huge though. Great seafood and Duval Street is a lot of fun – lots of bars. 

On both trips, I noticed that there were a lot of groups – bachelor/bachelorette parties. It really is a fun place to visit. That being said, I don’t think I’d go there expecting a romantic getaway.

Oh, I flew from DCA to MIA the first trip and rented a car to drive down. I would suggest this. On my second trip, We drove down from Arlington. It was a long, long drive. We overnighted in Orlando and Miami before heading to Key West. 

 

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m sorry – I didn’t mean to change your mind. You should still look into it. I think your vacation will be whatever you make of it. I would suggest the Chelsea House which is very reasonable and a couple blocks off of Duval Street – it’s a B&B with a lovely pool area. Fly to Miami and rent a car. The drive down is lovely – take your time and explore. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

I’ve been once about 6 years ago. It was fun and upbeat. As pp said they are not known for the beaches. If you are looking for beaches in Florida I would suggest Destin. I haven’t been back to Pensacola since the hurricanes, but when I was there before the damage they were beautiful. Will you be renting a car? You could stay a little north of the Keys and do day trips. Ft. Myers is about 4 hours north of the keys I think. Good Luck!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was in Key West a few weeks ago (for a work trip!), and I agree with the other posters.  It was fun with lots to do (party, drink, etc.), but not much in terms of beaches.  They do have lots of bicycle rentals, boat tours, etc. that would be fun to do as a couple, and some REALLY good restaurants. I was there without my Darling Husband, but I felt like it wouldn’t have been as romantic and relaxed as other places we’ve gone.

On the other hand, Darling Husband went to Panama City Beach for a long weekend when we first started dating.  We rented a resort condo on the beach, and it was awesome.  Relaxing and beautiful with lots of beach space.  It all depends on what you’re into, but it’s definitely worth checking out.  Have fun!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hey there, I grew up in Florida so I have a few suggestions. For starters, the PP are correct that Key West isn’t the place to go if you’re hoping to lay out on sandy white beaches all day. With that said, there are tons of great bars, museums, festivals and some gorgeous, gorgeous water. If beaches are your thing, I would suggest St Pete, Miami, or Daytona for touristy options, and New Smyrna, Flagler and Sanibel for lesser known options. But, if you do want to go the Keys route, I’d suggest checking out some of the other keys, like Key Largo or Marathon. Those places are a little cheaper, a short drive from the Key West madness, and just as beautiful. Oh, and I would definitely recommend renting a boat for at least a day–so much of what the Keys offers is off-shore and it’s just not the same without water transport!
Hope this helps!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2012

Hey there, I grew up in Florida so I have a few suggestions. For starters, the PP are correct that Key West isn’t the place to go if you’re hoping to lay out on sandy white beaches all day. With that said, there are tons of great bars, museums, festivals and some gorgeous, gorgeous water. If beaches are your thing, I would suggest St Pete, Miami, or Daytona for touristy options, and New Smyrna, Flagler and Sanibel for lesser known options. But, if you do want to go the Keys route, I’d suggest checking out some of the other keys, like Key Largo or Marathon. Those places are a little cheaper, a short drive from the Key West madness, and just as beautiful. Oh, and I would definitely recommend renting a boat for at least a day–so much of what the Keys offers is off-shore and it’s just not the same without water transport!
Hope this helps!

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We are also going to Key West for our honeymoon. We’re going to fly into Ft. Lauderdale and rent a car from there to drive down. I have been with my family about 3-4 years ago. I loved the energy there and it was absolutely gorgeous. True about the beaches but there is supposed to be a great beach called Bahia Honda State Park near Big Pine Key about 37 miles north of Key West so maybe you could split your time between a couple of the keys. I’m really looking forward to a sunset sailboat ride, good food, and enjoying some of the night life. There are tons of Bed and Breakfasts that all look amazing, I have been doing tons of research on TripAdvisor.com

Kind of excited to see someone else is going to Key West. Good Luck!

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Pretty much 3 days of KW is all I can take, and even that might be too long. Honestly though, it’s not a “beach” town. There are only a couple of small beaches. Aside from some snorkel/fishing trips, and a couple of museums there isn’t much to do in terms of activities. KW is known for it’s bar scene, so if that’s what you’re into you’d like it. It’s actually pretty dead during the day because the crowds all come out at night to party. 

You can definitely take day trips, like to Key Largo, Marathon, etc (dolphin swimming, offshore fishing) but even then you’ll be doing some driving. 

For beach vacation from VA I’d suggest Charleston, SC or the Outer Banks. Other options if you’re okay with flying would be Florida – Ft. Lauderdale, Miami or the west coast Sarasota, St. Pete.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I grew up in Florida – still live there – and have been to Key West and the other keys many, many times. There are gorgeous B&Bs and options for hotels (I know of at least one resort on Duvall that is resort-y and probably has secluded romantic activities.)  Once, my family rented a gorgeous home from an author, another we stayed at a B&B that had a lagoon swimming pool and for my 21st birthday we stayed at a pretty, pretty hotel on Duvall St. right next to the bars. But it’s more activity-based. Water sports, bikes, history, ghost tours, shopping, bars, etc. I freaking love Key West but for a honeymoon I would say it isn’t exactly a secluded beach-y romantic spot. 

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