The solar is shining, there’s little or no rain, and the city is buzzing with power and occasions to maintain Conch Republic locals, snowbirds and day-trippers alike busy.
Plus, direct flights and new motels, eating places and extra are making a fast Key West getaway that rather more enticing.
Driving the Abroad Freeway to Key West from Miami or Fort Lauderdale is among the finest street journeys in the US, however in case you’re brief on time and need to fly, there are a variety of recent seasonal flights that can take you straight to the island.
United Airways is now flying every day nonstop flights from Newark to Key West by Might four, 2017, and Saturday-only nonstop service from Chicago O’Hare to Key West by April 29, 2017.
Different direct flights to Key West can be found on American Airways from Miami, on Delta Airways from Atlanta, and on Silver Airways from Tampa, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.
In case you’re flying into Miami Worldwide Airport or Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Worldwide Airport, shuttle buses and rental vehicles can be found for the connection to the Keys.
Lodging aren’t low cost in Key West, however most are stuffed with historic allure, particularly in case you keep within the coronary heart of Outdated City, the place Dade County pine conch cottages and Queen Anne mansions supply shady porches excellent for glad hour cocktails.
For one thing extra fashionable, the brand new H2O Suites Hotel provides you entry to the perfect of Outdated City with a modern place to put your head at night time. The 22-room boutique property has a rooftop deck and pool, and half the suites have private plunge swimming pools.
For a good brisker expertise, there are two new motels on Inventory Island, the important thing simply north of Key West correct.
Traditionally, the marina right here has made the world all about fishing, however artists’ collectives and studios and the brand new Oceans Edge Key West Hotel & Marina and The Perry Hotel Key West promise to usher in a brand new period of cool.
With 20 acres of each Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico waterfront, six swimming pools and an on-site marina, Oceans Edge is the bigger of the 2. All 175 rooms have ocean views, and the resort gives water sports activities, fishing, yoga, meditation and a canine park.
Scheduled to open this spring, The Perry Lodge may have 100 water-view rooms, a hip aesthetic and partnerships with the close by distillery, natural neighborhood backyard and a yacht constitution firm providing high-end cruises to Cuba, departing straight from the resort’s dock.
Sure, Duval Road is residence to quite a few rowdy bars and eating places serving boozy slushies and fried seafood extravaganzas. However there are additionally some gems, together with the brand new Ocean Grill & Bar (1075 Duval Road), the place the signature dish is Key West shrimp and grits.
North of Duval, diners will discover under-the-radar eateries like Bien (1000 Eaton Road), serving hearty platters of Latin Caribbean fare, and Old Town Bakery (930 Eaton Road), whose pastries, espresso and sandwiches make nice gasoline for a day of exploration.
Well being-conscious eaters will love Date & Thyme (829 Fleming Road), providing vegan and gluten-free choices, in addition to recent natural juices.
The brand new “Chef Distilled” and “Three Arms Expertise” packages on the Stoned Crab restaurant (3101 North Roosevelt Boulevard) supply a extra hands-on method to eating. The primary will immerse you within the Key West Authorized Rum distillery course of whereas the latter features a half-day fishing constitution and market go to earlier than chef Paul Menta prepares your catch for dinner.
Once more, steering away from the vacationer traps on Duval is suggested, however Tucker’s Provisions (611 Duval Road) is price a cease for its enjoyable assortment of items, books and clothes.
For extra of a global aptitude in a gallery-like area, the wares at Grace on Frances (600 Frances Road) embrace Himalayan cashmere scarves, cotton robes, placing Japanese pottery, Moroccan mattress linens, delicate jewellery and colourful totes excellent for a day on the seaside. (On that be aware, the perfect seaside in Key West is the one at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park. Entry is $2.50)
Guide-lovers could gravitate towards Books & Books at The Studios of Key West (533 Eaton Road) the place co-founder and writer Judy Blume can usually be discovered stocking cabinets and making new launch suggestions.
Arts and tradition
Proper subsequent door, The Studios of Key West is the hub of all issues artsy on the town, with three ranges of exhibition and efficiency area, plus school rooms and native artists’ studios. There’s one thing new virtually each day and night time, however the month-to-month First Thursdays open home is a full of life time to drop by and mingle with the art-loving locals. (6-Eight p.m., first Thursday of the month).
On March 25, The Studios is internet hosting a Inventory Island artist studios tour and April sees the opening of an exhibition by rising Cuban artists Mabel Poblet and Lisandra Ramirez.
Efficiency-wise, look ahead to a staged studying of Tennessee Williams’ letters, directed by Rebecca Tomlinson (March 19). The studying is one in every of a collection of events working by April 15 to mark what would have been beloved Key West resident Williams’ 106th birthday.
Key West has a thriving artwork gallery scene, whether or not you are into effective artwork, images, sculpture, metalwork, weaving or every other type. Standouts embrace Gallery on Greene (606 Greene Road), De La Gallery (419 Duval Road), and Harrison Gallery (825 White Road), the place artist Helen Harrison’s sculptures impressed by life within the tropics soar towards the ceiling.
The Key West Literary Seminar could have come and gone (it is held in January and 2018’s occasion is already bought out) however you possibly can absorb the city’s literary vibes (past Hemingway) with the brand new Old Town Literary Walking Tour that seminar organizers lead every Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. Walks are $25 and depart from the Monroe County Public Library (700 Fleming Road).
In case you’d slightly not be a part of the crowds in Mallory Sq. to look at the solar dip under the horizon, different vantage factors embrace Fort Zachary State Park, Sundown Key, the deck at Louie’s Yard, and, our choose, Top Spa at La Concha Hotel.
Spacious double remedy rooms have among the best views of the sundown on the town, which you’ll be able to get pleasure from out of your bathe or non-public balcony post-massage with a complimentary cocktail in hand. (Therapies include an extra 30 minutes in your remedy suite.) Spring specials embrace a Island Journey for $299 all through March and an Island Facial for $125 in April.