(Closed) Key West? Please help me decide on where to go!

posted 8 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
544 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I love Key West.  The hubby and I went for a week back in February.  I would try hotwire to see what hotel deals are out there…..but only if you are comfortable with not knowing where you will be staying til after you pay.

Key West is very laid back and relaxing.  You can walk around the island and just stop wherever.  Lots of happy hours!!!   We visited the Key West Lighthouse, Hemingway House, Mallory Square, Duvall Street,  a retired coast guard cutter, Key West Cemetery, Key West Aquarium, and the Truman Annex. 
Key West is not known for its beaches, though I have heard the snorkeling is fun.

good luck!

Post # 4
5262 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

I loooove Key West. It’s expensive, but I think it’s worth it. The one regret I have is that when we went we stayed in a hotel a little farther from the main area. I’d like to go stay by Mallory Square, etc, a short walk away from everything. 

Post # 5
1119 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We just spent a week in Key West in January. I kind of felt it was too pricey and I was ready to leave after a few days. There wasn’t really a nice beach to relax on so we ended up just wandering the same places over and over again (it’s really small). One of the main attractions is the cemetery. While it is funny, I found it kind of creepy and it’s not something I would want to do on my honeymoon.

If you do go though, check out the Better Than Sex cafe. By far the best experience we had there! 🙂 

Post # 6
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I’ve been to Key West twice but never stayed there. Look into the other keys where the beaches are better and you can always drive to Key West for the day. We stayed on marathon both times but that was mostly because we stayed with friends. Also, you could do a week in Miami beach (South beach is a great beach and there are lots of restaurants/bars/shops/scenery there) and then a week in the keys it’s about a 3.5 hour drive between the two but driving through the keys down to key west is really pretty and there are lots of nice beahes along the way.

Post # 7
2889 posts
Sugar bee

Oh and if you make it to Key West go to the Blonde Giraffe (there are 2 or 3 shops) and get a frozen key lime pie on a stick. We saw it on the food network before our first trip and it’s delicious!

Post # 8
202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I travel to Key West often for work.  I LOVE IT.  I usually stay at “Best Western Hibiscus Motel”, which is literally on Duval Street and 2 blocks from the Ocean – and is always under $100/night (it’s no spa and nothing luxurious, but it has a pool and parking and the prices/location can’t be beat).

Are you the walking type?  I never rent a car, because the whole island is only 2 miles long, and once you’re on Duval you can walk to any bar (which can be very fun!  you can walk down the street with beer), and walk to Mallory Square.  There’s lots of snorkling and drinking and some culture (some galleries, Hemingway’s House, Naval Base).  All the beaches are manmade, but they’re good enough to play beach volleyball, havea daquiri, and get a tan.

If you have 2 weeks though, I agree with Slicey, that you might want to make a drive to Miami.  The Drive itself is INCREDIBLE!!!!!  It’s about 4 hours, but literally is almost entirely over water and is the most gorgeous drive ever.  Then you hit Miami, spend a few night on Miami Beach and you have the perfect Honeymoon!!  PM me if you have any questions — I’m in NYC but go to Key West & Miami about 4X each a year for work and have some Hotel tips.  Good luck!

Post # 9
990 posts
Busy bee

Personally, Key West is something I can do for a day or two but not a couple of weeks, but then again I am a former Floridian. If you’re looking for something for two weeks, in the states I would consider going somewhere like Miami or Ft. Lauderdale, and not do a hotel but rent a place to stay like a condo or house. It turns out to be cheaper and you can rent a car and hit up all the hot spots of Florida (South Beach, Las Olas, downtown Ft. Lauderdale, the beaches, shopping) and that way you wont have to worry about being immobile.

Post # 10
2288 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

Poundcake soaked in hazelnut liquor, bavarian cream filling with chantilly cream frosting. It sounds more complicated than it tastes!

Post # 11
402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

You HAVE to get married AND stay at Simonton Court in Key West (1-2 blocks off Duvall Street) but an oasis that feels away from it all.  It is, simply put, magnificent.  An aold (but very light-colored) mansion and series of what were tobacco cottages for the workers in days gone by, the grounds are gorgeous private swimming pools all about… impeccable food and lodging.  Can’t say enough.  Look at their website — google Simonton Court in Key West and see for yourself! Soooo romantic and lush…

We were thinking of going back again and staying there for our honeymoon but have decided after our June 12 wedding (yikes) to try the Mexican riviera instead, just to mix it up a bit!

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