Vacation Tips & Planning
The most popular request we get is for cheap places to stay. We list the average prices during season and off season, making it easy to find the best deal on an affordable hotel. If you're looking for something with lower rates and not just a bargain crash pad for a weekend of partying, you may want to consider our inexpensive guesthouse options. They're typically just a little more than the cheapest motel and you'll get a much higher quality room without overspending. Amenities like a pool can make a difference in the price you'll pay per night. Most luxury resorts and beachfront condos will offer pools, but the smaller inns that don't have them will often be less expensive of an option. Waking up in a romantic inn may just be the best memory of your adventurous travels anyway. Most of the affordable guest houses and bed and breakfasts start charging off season rates in late April to early May. Season kicks back in and prices go back up around late November to early December. This is because of the winter and snow up north increasing the travel to the Florida Keys. All inclusive resort vacation packages like other Caribbean destinations are absent here. All you can eat and drink is reserved for the sunset cruises. Which is probably a good thing. Getting down here can be half the fun. Usually it's cheaper to rent a car and drive down after flying into Miami. The drive over the bridges is beautiful, and takes just a few hours. You should figure out where you're going to be staying first because if you're right on Duval street or close to it, then you may end up parking your car the entire time and the savings along with it. Another alternative is a cruise on the Ft Myers Express ferry boat, which picks you up for a day trip or you can schedule a round trip for a later date of travel. This allows you to avoid traffic during the long drive down, while watching big screen televisions in the comfortable chairs. Driving down from Fort Myers takes about 7 hours.
Known as the Conch Republic, Key West Fl is a small 2 by 4 mile island on the tip of the Florida Keys. The Southernmost city in the U.S. offers both a laid back atmosphere and party at the same time. It's simply a fun place to be. The best part about the small size is the places to stay are conveniently located near the best attractions and bars. You may find yourself shopping, snorkeling or laying on the beach all day and then cruising the bars until 4 am. Yes we do party late here. Or early for that matter. Visit our Key West Bed and Breakfast page with a list of reviewed bnb style digs for a beautiful virtual tour and all the information you need to make reservations directly with the lodging of your choice. Our high definition videos will take you on a tour of the best accommodations so you can get a first hand look at your room before making a reservation.
We boast the most bars per capita than anywhere in the U.S. The best restaurants in Key West can be fun to choose from with such a wide variety of great dishes from all over the Caribbean and world. We are a bit of a melting pot of food here, but that makes it an adventure. We offer a complete guide of printable coupons for restaurants and bars in Old Town that might make things a little cheaper for your vacation. The weather is great year around, and our sunset is world famous. We're also known for great beaches and the only living coral reef in North America. There are so many attractions and things to do while you visit us, we're sure you won't get board no matter how long you stay. If you make reservations to go Snorkeling then you will have a few different companies to choose from. We have selected the best snorkeling and diving charters based off of rates and past reviews. Also please visit our fishing and watersports page to get out on the water and enjoy what the keys are really known for.
Whether you're traveling on business or leisure, everything you need is provided here to make an informed decision. We offer cheap vacation packages that include flights and car rentals together. Take look at our street map by clicking the picture at the top of the page. You'll be able to see Duval street is the main drag through the center of downtown. This is where to stay close to because you don't have to worry about driving. Calling a taxi cab or walking back to your hotel at the end of the evening, and knowing you can get back to where you're staying safely is priceless. Planning a vacation should be fun and we all came here on vacations before deciding to live here. We hope the information and free service we provide helps you enjoy the island we love.
While you're here, don't miss our beautiful sunset celebration in Mallory Square or our Key West Videos that take you on a tour all around the island. The southernmost city offers over 200 licensed accommodations including a youth hostel and camping. The Island is divided into two separate parts; Old Town (Downtown) and New Town. If you stay in old town you'll have the advantage of being able to walk to all the bars, restaurants and attractions. If you stay in new town you'll be 1-3 miles away from downtown. New town is where you'll find most of the name brand motels. The savings enjoyed here may be lost on cab rides or rental cars, which is something to consider when researching places to stay. Check out our maps pages for the latest information about travel and tourism that might affect your stay, along with the best routs for driving or walking to the local attractions.
If you plan on staying for longer than a week, we suggest our Key West Fla Vacation Rentals for extended stays or families. A vacation rental home will offer a lot of space and tend to be much less expensive than even the cheapest motel you might find when you consider the number of rooms you'll need for a corporate event or family. These homes also provide amenities such as full kitchens, pools and comforts of home you won't find in other establishments. These houses can save a bundle on food costs alone if you don't eat out for every meal. Home and cottage rentals are an extremely popular choice for large groups and parties for their affordability and ability to house many travelers. If you're planning travel for a permanent move here, then our list of realtors and agents will help you find the best deals on Florida Keys real estate if you want to become a conch. Most of our conchs (locals) came down here on vacation and ended up staying in a monthly rental before becoming permanent residents.
The Florida keys are the deep sea fishing and flats fishing capital of the world. We offer a complete list of charter boats on our fishing charters page that will take you out for a half or full day. A flight into the KW Fl airport (EYW) along with a rental car and your choice of cheap hotels can save time and money. Scooter rentals are also a cheap way to get around while you visit. Parking is difficult, and few of the smaller accommodations have designated lots. Street side parking may take some extra time to find, but can usually be found nearby. Make sure [residential] isn't painted on the spot first, or you may get towed. Most streets are clearly marked and have signs designating residential only or other parking restrictions. Very unique and romantic hotels that you'll find here are tucked away just off of Duval st and parking on the street will be the only option. These little guest houses and inns are special and worth a little extra time to find a spot. Most of the time you won't need the car anyway. These are also some of the only places to stay that are pet friendly.
The Lower Keys is known for it's great history tours of local museums, national parks and supposedly haunted buildings for entertainment. Resorts fill quickly for many festivals and special events during the year. No event fills up the waterfront hotels or the bars like fantasy fest, which is the last weekend in October and is usually fully booked a year in advance. For the best rates on any place to stay during this event, we highly recommended that you book your reservations far in advance to avoid paying a significant premium closer to the event date. There are many locations to call home during the festival which is really an adults only event on the last night where more than the lodging is clothing optional and that may not be for the family to stick around for like Goombay which is great for food, shopping and other kid friendly festivities.
Tourist attractions such as parasailing, and kayak rentals are relaxing ways to forget your troubles back home. A massage at a spa, the beach or even your own luxury suite can easily be arraigned here. We receive many requests for beach wedding and honeymoon packages provided by the resorts and ocean view hotels. Private and romantic bungalows are also a popular accommodation for couples on their honeymoon. The island is one of the top destinations for weddings. See our beach wedding page which is dedicated to resorts and romantic inns with planners and more information to find the coordinators that can help you plan your special day. You will need a Monroe County FL marriage license, which surprisingly is something many people neglect to acquire. Bring your camera and send us your videos and photos. We love to see people having a good time and we might even post your video and pics for the world to see on our videos page. While your here, don't miss our beautiful sunset video, filmed live from the nightly Mallory Square celebration. Our island video tour around the island is a great place to start if you're visiting for the first time. We'll take you on a tour of the local hot spots and show you where things are, so you can get a good idea of where you want to stay. Thank You for visiting our site and we hope you have a great vacation.