Key West, at the tip of the Florida Keys, blends 19th-century charm with a laid-back contemporary atmosphere. Visitors to the continental United States’ southernmost city will find palm-shaded streets, picturesque Victorian architecture, environmental attractions and eco-experiences, a lively multicultural culinary scene, unique museums, a nightly waterfront sunset celebration and a flourishing arts community.
Foodies can sample tasty temptations and savor the subtropical flavors of Key West through “Taste of Key West 2021 Reimagined” — a dining card that takes the place of the “Taste of Key West” in-person charity fundraiser traditionally held each April. The pocket-size dining cards are usable for a year beginning April 19, 2021.
The Aquaplex (formerly known as the Aqua Bar and Nightclub), located in the heart of Key West’s LGBTQ entertainment district, has debuted a new look and enhancements. Along with the addition of an on-site Hawaiian-themed restaurant in its open-air backside bar and patio area, it now has five unique venues to delight patrons.
Ever since Ernest Hemingway penned literary classics while living in 1930s Key West, the island has been a haven and an inspiration for writers. Now Key West visitors can boost their own creativity with a chance to write in the iconic author’s private studio — and explore his former Whitehead Street home and grounds.
With so many good restaurants in Key West, ranging from intimate bistros and gourmet emporiums to waterfront seafood spots, the choice can sometimes be bewildering for visitors. What's the best tactic for finding an island-style culinary gem? Ask a local resident for recommendations — and they’ll likely include the Flaming Buoy Filet Co.
Tastes and flavors of the Florida Keys are embedded deeply in the memories of visitors far and wide, so why not surprise family members and good friends this season with delicious gifts of edible or sippable Keys creations? Gifts of food from the island chain are sure to delight even the pickiest recipients.
These days, many people find satisfaction and purpose in helping others in need — including two Key Westers who are longtime volunteers for a heartwarming local organization. “Cooking With Love” exemplifies the spirit of the upcoming holiday season, and gives back to the community in the Florida Keys’ true "One Human Family" fashion.
Dining outdoors while watching the picturesque sunset is a signature Florida Keys experience, enjoyed by countless visitors to the subtropical destination. One of the primary places to enjoy it is Islamorada’s Morada Bay Keys Beach Café & Bar, an outdoor Mediterranean bistro café set in the sand that’s known for spectacular sunset views.
Attention, crustacean fans: Aug. 6 marks the start of the Florida Keys lobster season. Given their location surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, the Keys are a paradise for lovers of fish and seafood. And topping the list of seafood standouts is the native lobster — often called spiny lobster.
Key West’s inviting eateries offer relaxing, socially-distanced outdoor dining and an amazing array of scrumptious dishes. Discover some local cuisine favorites — ranging from an enticing entrée and decadent dessert at Island House Resort to a bountiful brunch at the Mediterranean oasis called Azur — on a gourmet journey through the appealing island city.