(Closed) Key West – any advice or tips?

posted 7 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’ve only been to Marathon and visited Key West during the day, so I don’t have a whole lot of advice, but I just wanted to tell you to eat LOTS and LOTS of Key Lime Pie for me! lol

Post # 4
4327 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@abbyful: I just got back from there a couple of weeks ago, in fact. It depends on what you like to do, really. Fiance and I are huge history fans, so we went to Harry Truman’s Little White House, and really enjoyed it. We checked out the Ernest Hemmingway House as well, which was really gorgeous. My personal favorite activity was snorkeling at the barrier reef. There are all kinds of water sports activities you can do, including kayaking (wanted to, Fiance is a little more low key than I am), parasailing, glass-bottom boat / sunset champagne tour, jet skis, etc.

Mallory Square is filled with free entertainment around sunset, and has a bunch of funky shops. You can hit up the butterfly conservatory near the Hemmingway house, or go to the Southernmost cafe for a nice beachy view at lunch time. There will be plenty to keep you entertained. For the entire week, we walked and walked and walked… didn’t have time to relax on the beach, which I kind of regret, but there was so much to do, and so much to see. Even if you don’t have the whole trip planned out, you can easily kind of just fall into an art store, or sit back and watch the “flamboyant” keys lifestyle. You will have a great time, I promise! Just remember comfy shoes. I got such terrible blisters, but they were worth it.

Post # 5
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I *love* Key West.  It’s so laid back and chill.  You’ll have so much fun

Places that I suggest to visit:

  • Southernmost Point—get the obligatory “tourist” snapshot.
  • Hemingway House–creepy kitties, but a beautiful property
  • Key West Aquarium–It’s small, but has some cool open tank exhibits. We went during a shark feeding. I really liked it.
  • Mallory Square—go for sunset. Heavenly.
  • Kelly’s Caribbean Bar & Grill—a happy hour “must.”  Kelly McGillis (from Top Gun) owns it!
  • Key West Cemetary—Odd,yes.  But I’m a critical care nurse so that makes me odd. There is a tour you can take.  We just poked around.
  • The Howling Monkey Saloon—great for people watching on Duvall Street.
  • Snorkeling—heard it’s awesome, but was waaayyy too cold the last time I was there.

You guys will have a great time!!

Post # 6
966 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

One of my favorite places in the world!

To Do’s:

– Ft Zachary Taylor

– Ghost Tours

– Butterfly Conservatory

– Key West Aquarium


– Kelly’s Restaurant

– Nine One Five Bistro

– Sarabeth’s

Post # 7
2600 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

If you have the time and the budget, go to Dry Tortugas Park.  It is located west off the coast and oyu take a catamaran to get there.

I lived in Miami for about 10 years and took my minimoon there after my first wedding.  Dry Tortugas remains one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been!

Sunset at Mallory Square is awesome, and spend some time just walking around the neighborhoods.  the Conchs (crazy locals) that live there are fun to people watch 🙂

Have fun!!

Post # 8
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I second the Dry Tortugas.  I’ve been snorkeling many times around Florida, but nowhere else was so beautiful and alive as the Dry Tortugas.

Post # 9
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I was just in KW for the first time this past February. I went with a friend to celebrate our recent Masters Degrees and it was AWESOME!  I could not get enough of the sunsets… so gorgeous!!  We really just spent our time hanging out, walking up and down Duval street, Mallor Square, etc.  Some of my favorites were:

1. Conch Train Tour.  It was fun and informative

2. A Bar Crawl sponsored by 5 bars.  You pay $25 for the entire thing! And you get a drink at each bar on the tour (5), a t-shirt and a cozie.  It was fun to visit non-touristy type places.

3. Must go to restaurants/bars

Kelly’s (formally owned by Kelly McGillis).  GREAT food and atmosphere

Irish Kevins

Hog’s Breath Saloon

Sloppy Joes

Blue Heaven (great breakfast)

Banana Cafe (also great breakfast)

0 Duval

Finningans Wake

Really, anyting you do will be fun! It is the best vacation I have ever had!  But, bring your walking shoes…. 🙂  

Where are you staying?

Post # 10
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

We had lots of fun renting a scooter and riding all around!!  It was worth the $$$$

Post # 12
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

You’ll have to do honeymoon recaps!  I’m thinking Key West might be a great place to celebrate me turning 30!

Post # 13
194 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We honeymooned in KW!

I highly recommend the Santa maria suites.  It is actually a condo complex converted into a hotel.  Our “room” was a 2 bed, 2.5 bath, full kitchen condo unit!

Eat at:  Hog’s breath saloon, Banana Café, La Te Da (order the caeser salad!) and if you have time, La Te Da host a Sunday afternoon “tea party”…def not what you are going to expect!

Rent a moped, you will be glad you did!

And def do a Jet ski tour of the Island, it was the funniest 2 hrs by far J

Post # 14
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I would just say do not rent a scooter.  Lots of people rent them and actually die every year because they get hit by other drivers. 

And, if you are driving down the keys BE CAREFUL.  My sister’s boyfriend actually was killed on his motorcycle because they are always doing construction and there are not a lot of lights at night. 

Sorry for the wet blanket, my sister lived there for many years- so I just wanted to pipe in. 

YOU will have a blast.  I like going riding bicycles around, and the Waterfront Playhouse if you like Theater.  I am jealous!

Post # 15
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We got engaged in Key West!

We tried stand up paddle boarding for the first time and loved it!  The company was called SUP Key West.  You get to go through the mangroves.  It was really great!

Post # 16
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I LOVE Key West! Ahh, if we weren’t from South Florida, I’d probably contemplate honeymooning there.  Most family/friends HMed there if they weren’t up for flying.  Definitely have to check out Mallory Square (almost every night!) for sunset – you get the most amazing pictures, free entertainment, yummy drinks in the area.  We went parasailing, there are places to rent jetskis, go on sunset dinner cruises, all day cruise adventures I believe they are around $99 but include the all day cruise, jetskiing, iceberg in the ocean, etc.  Just walk around the streets (with a drink in hand, preferably a Fat Tuesday’s drink) and explore all there is to explore.  It’s so much fun to just walk around.

Places I love:

The outdoor bar at Ocean Key Resort (overlooking the water near Mallory Square)

Irish Kevin’s at night

Fat Tuesdays by day

Captain Tony’s Saloon

Turtle Kraals for breakfast (sitting outside looking over the water)

There are so many more – you really can’t go wrong in Key West! Have fun!


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