(Closed) Key West Honeymoon

posted 9 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 4
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209 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I went to Key West a few months ago and loved it.  I would highly recommend Danger Charters for a half day trip in the afternoon.  You get to go kayaking and snorkeling and have a sunset sail for about $75 – which is a really good deal since most sunset sails are $50 by themselves.  I thought the crew were really great and it was definitely a lot of fun.  I also really enjoyed jetskiing when we were there.  We rented a jetski through Hyatt, which was the hotel we were staying at, and it was great to just follow a guide and go all around the island for about 2 hours. 

Key West is not really known for their beaches but there is one beach there.  Just be careful as you walk there and stay on the main road because my bf and I were walking there and decided to take a side street and ended up in a really sketchy neighborhood that made us feel very uncomfortable in.  Other than that, if you stay on the main strip, you’ll be perfectly safe.

Have fun on your honeymoon!!

Post # 5
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Worker bee

I’ve never been all the way down to Key West, but I’m a native Floridian and used to live a couple of hours farther up the coast.  I’m sure it’s beautiful and charming if you want a laidback honeymoon (your options will basically be boating, drinking, and sunbathing).  My friends and family have complained that it’s better if you have a boat and not so great if you’re looking to spend time on the beach because they don’t really have traditional beaches there with public access.

 Another thing to keep in mind is the date of your wedding and how far along it is in hurricane season. 

Post # 6
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359 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I went for a honeymoon in a previous life, and wasn’t overly impressed. The mixed drinks are terrible, catering mostly to the spring-break set. One bar in particular was apparently vomited in one evening, and by the next evening had not been properly cleaned up.

Things I DID like- being a Buffet fan, it was nice to have been there. Sunsets are crazy beautiful. The cuban food is the best ever, and we heard an artist "Raven" play at an outside bar, and she was awesome. If you see her, buy the cd.

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I used to travel to the Keys every year. It can be a great place to relax. Don’t limit yourself to Key West. It’s worth it to rent a car and visit other keys.

Visit the Key West docks at sunset (more than once- performers change a lot). Visit the Dolphin Research Center. Ernet Hemingway’s house is also cool.

 I feel like a lot of the areas never really recovered after some really bad hurricanes a few years back.  But, again,it’s a fun place to relax, just don’t expect it to be super entertaining all the time.

Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I have been several times and love the Hyatt.  It’s gorgeous.  That was where I stayed last but have to say that the two hotels in the Waldorf chain are lovely too (one is oceanfront).

Go to the Chart Room there if you’re a Buffet fan.  It’s where Jimmy met Mrs. Jimmy!  To me that’s a romantic spot.

I loved the food and loved snorkelling and the whole keys ease as I call it.  It is so fun to fly into Miami and then rent a convertible and drive down US1 to the keys!!!  One of the best drives ever imho! 

btw check out http://www.buffettnews.com for the latest on key west and jimmy stuff!  I’m such a parrothead that I OWN A PARROT!    

Post # 10
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Busy bee

I went last weekend and it was an amazing trip–so relaxing, romantic, and fun.  We took our time driving down the overseas highway and making some stops along the way on other keys.  We stayed a small inn on the island and just relaxed.  We woke up each morning and had breakfast by the pool, then we lounged in the sun.  We did a lot of outdoor activities–rode bikes around the island, went for long walks, and kayaked (we went around part of the island, and passed the southernmost point in the water).  The food is awesome there btw, especially if you love seafood.  We got some great recommendations by some locals we met on the beach.  Duval street can be fun, but it is really hit or miss.  We avoided it except for one night, and the night that we spent there was fun because we knew what to expect.  I really recommend this trip, can’t wait to go back. 

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Maybe it’s b/c I am a Floridian, but Key West isn’t all that great. If I were you, I would try Islamorada or Big Pine Key that are less touristy and more relaxing. They have some great resorts, too. Key West is nice to party your behind off and interact with lots of different people, but if your in it to relax and not compete for space, I’d look into the more northern Keys.

PS One thing I must say in response to another comment made…Key West’s off-the-beaten-path neighborhoods are really cool and you can get some genuine FL/Island food.  Every place has their ‘bad’ neighborhoods and Key West doesn’t have many….it’s not big enough to….I wouldn’t worry about it if I were you.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I go to the keys all the time.  You can totally make it a super special trip. But You HAVE TO GET OFF DUVAL STREET!  if you stay there it will feel like spring break.   There are lots of areas to explore.  Although Irish Kevin’s is a super fun sing along bar.

Rent a car and drive up to Bahia Honda State Park with a picnic and your swim suits.  Its really beautiful and you can rent kayaks and snorkels there.

Have a silly Brunch at Blue Heaven, great food, slow service (but hey where do ya need to be?), and you eat outside under the trees with little chickens running around. Sounds weird but its super cozy and the food is YUMTASTIC!

Use the spa at your resort.  Be lazy by the pool.  There’s lots of lovely nice dining. 
Go to the "Better Than Sex" restaurant that has nothing but deserts

Rent bicycles and tour around Key West, looking at all the beautiful old homes and scenery.

THe butterfly conservatory is amazing. Its serene and so lovely.  even my super manly husband loved it.

Of course the sunset shows are fun.   There’s so much to do, it would make for a very fun and lovely honeymoon.  Just remember that the keys are way bigger than just key west and duval street, to truly make your honeymoon special.

 

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