There are so many reasons why summer is one of the best times to visit Key West. Longer days mean more time for adventures and expeditions. Remember, you’re on island time so relax and unwind and enjoy the best of Key West.
Here are a few of our top picks for enjoying a summer day in Key West:
Start with Breakfast at the Beach
Fuel up with a hearty breakfast at Southernmost Beach Cafe where you’ll enjoy beautiful ocean views and island eats to start your day. It’s ok to indulge, you’re on vacation! View the Southernmost Beach Cafe Breakfast Menu.
Southernmost Beach Cafe is one of Key West’s most popular local restaurants, located steps from the hotel right on South Beach. It’s one of the most desirable settings in Key West for oceanfront dining and cocktails. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Southernmost Beach Cafe
Open 7am – 9:30pm
1405 Duval Street, Key West
Set sail for a ½ day snorkel adventure
Set sail with the locals on Danger Charters where you’ll enjoy a guided kayaking and snorkel adventure off the coast of Key West. You definitely want to plan this kind of expedition as you never know what you’re going to see at sea. Here’s what Robert H. on Tripadvisor had to say about his Danger Charters Experience:
Photo Credit: Danger Charters Facebook Page
“What a great trip. While snorkeling we saw tons of different fish. We even got lucky to see dolphins while sailing and they swam right up to the boat. The kayaking tour was fun and we learned a great deal about the local ecosystem. On top of that there was beer, wine, fresh fruit and snacks served by a friendly crew.”
About Danger Charters:
When you sail with Danger Charters, you sail to another world and time; to a place where the wildlife is still “wild”, and your interaction with nature is intimate and authentic. You feel as if you’ve stepped back in time, back to the days when the Florida Keys backcountry was home to traditional, shallow-draft sailing craft, captained by local water men that had grown up sailing and navigating the notorious shallows and challenging narrow channels of the Florida Keys.
There are morning tours, afternoon tours and even sunset sail tours.
If you have questions about this snorkel and sail adventure in Key West, visit the concierge upon arrival. They will be happy to assist.
Get the Local Scoop
Photo credit: @ChristinaDelgado on Instagram
I scream you scream we all scream for ice cream. A couple of blocks away from our resort, located on Duval Street, is where you’ll find Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream. This is where you’ll find locally homemade ice cream made with love and sweet island flavors. Try the Mango and papaya ice cream or Cuban coffee and coconut with hot fudge! Know before you go: Cash only.
Flamingo Crossing is open from 11am – 11pm and is located at 1105 Duval Street – just a few blocks from Southernmost Beach Resort. Believe it or not they do not have a website and we are guessing it’s because they are so busy making great homemade Key West ice cream.
Say hi to Rhett and Scarlett
After you’ve enjoyed your ice cream at Flamingo Crossing, head over to the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory and say hello to our resident Flamingos ~ Rhett and Scarlett. Yes, we have Pink Flamingos in Key West.
Photo credit 📷: @jenonajetplane
TripAdvisor named the Key West Butterfly & Nature Conservatory the #1 thing to do and see in Key West. We agree! Here’s what Cathy C. from Cape Coral had to say about her experience:
“ Peaceful Escape From Duval This is my second visit to the butterfly farm and it’s such a wonderful nature retreat from the busy city of Key West. Upon entering you feel like you’re being transported into a magical world with butterflies fluttering around, colorful birds and even flamingos. We loved it so much that we made a second loop by re-entering. If you like nature of this is definitely worth a visit.”
Key West Butterfly & Conservatory
Open 9am – 5pm
1316 Duval Street, Key West, Florida
Visit the Southernmost Point
After your visit with Rhett and Scarlett take a stroll over to the corner of South Street and Whitehead for the snapshot of the day at the Southernmost Point in the Continental U.S.A.
Photo credit: Joel Rush (@iamjoelrush) on Instagram
This is one of the most popular and most photographed places in Key West. Don’t be surprised if there is a line because everyone’s waiting for that memorable photo from paradise.
Now it’s time to head back to the resort for a quick nap or a dip in the pool before you head out and enjoy the nightlife in Key West. We hope you enjoyed a few of our favorite things to do on a summer day in Key West. Get out on the water! A half day adventure at sea will probably make you want to book another excursion but it will also leave you enough time to visit some of the popular museums and attractions. You’re on island time so relax and have fun.
Share your summer in Key West memorable moments with us using the hashtag #somolife.