Here are the latest recommendations for great Key West places to eat, see and shop. We were there with a large group of friends and here are our favorites.
It’s hard NOT to feel relaxed in Key West, Florida. The beautiful aqua ocean, swaying palm trees, delicious fresh seafood…happy people on vacation.
Our friends’ two families have been renting a large house on the island for the past couple of years. Mercedes found a motel that’s right across the street: The Harborview Motel and Marina so that we could be nearby but not too invasive.
The motel was friendly, clean, comfortable, and convenient (we paid to have our friend’s boat moored there–and he took us out in it- which was nice). But I am not sure I would stay there again if our friends were not across the street in the large house…
Here are fun things to do in Key West:
Key West Places to Eat And Drink
Cafe Sole Our friend, Alec liked this place so much he ate there two nights in a row. Make reservations everywhere for dinner. Try this:
“HOG SNAPPER ~CHEF CORREA’S AWARD-WINNING DISH. WITH A ROASTED RED PEPPER ZABAGLIONE. A DELICATE WHITE MEAT WITH THE FLAVOR OF SHRIMP, CAUGHT EXCLUSIVELY BY DIVERS.”
Louie’s Backyard This is a beautiful setting with views of the ocean. The food is good, too. Mark treated us to dinner for Mercedes’s 60th birthday.
The Green Parrot Bar
We loved the free live music here. You can check out the music calendar here.
Note: That J.Jill Beaded and Embroidered Linen Dress that I am wearing is on sale now plus an extra 30% off! Comes in regular, tall, women’s, and petite (I’m wearing a petite small).
Shopping in Key West
Soul House Shop Fun beachy goods here.
Besame Mucho This little shop has an international flair. Besame mucho means “kiss me a lot” in Spanish…I purchased a little onesie for my soon-to-be granddaughter with the logo.
The Angling Company This is a fishing shop but they have really cute t-shirts and sun protective wear. I bought a long-sleeved shirt to wear boating with an SPF 30.
Transportation and Easy Bike Rentals
We had a rental car that we mostly left in the parking lot in favor of bikes, Uber at night, and our friends’ boats.
Eaton Bikes makes renting bikes easy. When you are ready to return them, you lock them up to any bike stand on the island and text the company an photo and they will pick up the bikes.
Key West Home Exteriors
Some shots I took while biking…
Ernest Hemingway House
The bottom right photo in the collage above is Ernest Hemingway’s house…now a museum. I’ve been before but this time we had a guide (free) and it was much more interesting.
Nightly Sunset Gathering At Mallory Square
This is a fun tradition. Our whole group went one night to see this…
Have you been to Key West? Do you have any other recommendations for me?