Only have a little time in Key West?
Have no fear.
Key West may not be very big in square mileage, but there is plenty to see and do here. And trust me, you’ll want to see it all.
This friendly city welcomes new visitors from all over the world almost every day, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t feel just like home. Each local I met made me feel special, like I wasn’t one of the thousands of tourists who were on the island with me at the time.
It was the last stop on a cruise I took a few years ago and we only had about 5 hours to see everything before our ship had to set sail again (the ship was late getting in - total bummer).
Having never been there, I was anxious to see as much as I could, knowing how famous it is for the Southernmost everything, key lime pie, Jimmy Buffet, the Ernest Hemingway House, Duval Street and more.
If you only have a short amount of time here (and I’d highly recommend booking a long weekend getaway if you can so you can see and do everything), take a trolley tour of the island.
The price of $30 for 1 adult really isn’t bad for what you get. (Buy online and save a few bucks). The trolley took us all throughout town, letting riders get on and off the numerous stops as they pleased. And trolleys run at set times so you really never have to wait when you want to get back on.
Here are the stops included
Each tour guide we encountered throughout the day was friendly and outgoing, taking the time to point out things you wouldn’t have known before (like where Jimmy Buffet recorded his first few songs - seen in the 5th picture above).
There are plenty of ways to see the island - renting bicycles or scooters, a Conch Tour Train, or just walking (it’s a very walkable city), but if you want to see it all, definitely do a trolley tour.
Like I said, I didn’t get to do everything I wanted while I was there with the limited time, but I’d go back in a heartbeat! Key West gets a 10/10 in my book of recommendations!
(All photos and opinions are my own)