From Miami I got a greyhound bus to Key West, which only took around 3.5 hours, a perfect short trip. I really struggled with couchsurfing for Key West and its no surprise as the island is only 6km in length and 2km wide.
I had to get in touch with a friend from home who had visited Key West many times so I ended up staying with her friend for a couple of nights. I then got a message from a guy who works with the boats in Key West and I ended up staying on one of his many boats anchored up off the shore. What an incredible experience, when I needed to leave the boat he would come and pick me up or send someone for me. This was such a great way to end my 3 months of travelling.
I fell in love with Key West straight away so many lovely people, such a clean place, the weather was incredible and I just felt like I was living the Island lifestyle. I definitely think that if I hadnt have ended up staying on the boat and meeting the people I did that I would not have enjoyed this place as much as I did.
I had to spent one night in a hotel with my friends friend as he ended up having to move out of his apartment but I wasn’t complaining when I had use of a lovely pool just on the front. A great way to chill ready for my last week. This was the only hotel I stayed in for the whole 3 month trip.
The best place to go for breakfast is Pepe’s Cafe, it gets so busy here so make sure you get here early to save waiting. The food and staff are incredible and the prices are good. Definitely worth a visit while in Key West
Key West Harbour front
If you walk to the end of the Key West past the shops, bars and restaurants you are met with hundreds of boats along the front. I spent alot of time here, not just because this was where I was picked off and dropped off from the boat I was staying in, but there is so much to see here with bars and restaurants. The sunsets from here are so beautiful. Through my couchsurf host I met a couple who had sailed up from Maine so one night we went to one of the bars along the front, sat on sun loungers with cocktails and enjoyed the beautiful sunset, it was truly breathtaking.
Island hopping in Key West
My host took me out on one of his boats and took me to an island that only locals know of. He charters boats for a living so knows all the best islands to visit. I even got a chance to get behind the wheel of the boat, what an incredible experience I would not have had have I not done couchsurfing. Key West is beautiful and if you ever visit you need to go out on boat trips to experience more amazing things other than just staying on the island. Key West is 90 miles from Cuba, on our trip out in the boat we actually spent so long searching for sharks, sting rays and dolphins that we ended up half way to Cuba!
Key West Island
The streets in Key West are so beautiful, so clean, well looked after. There are not really many cars on the island, as it is such a small place most people travel by bicycle or scooters. You definitely need to try the famous Key Lime pie I had never tried it before and it was so good! The night life in Key West is good, alot of bars and restaurants and also alot souvenir shops. While walking around Key West make sure to keep a look out for wildlife. I saw alot of iguanas walking around the streets. There are also several places in Key West that you can get coconuts from vans, definitely the island life.
Of course a must do while in Key West is to visit the Southernmost Point for that iconic picture. Be prepared to wait some time to get your picture taken if you want the perfect shot as this does get pretty busy.
On our way to snorkelling we were lucky enough to spot a group of Dolphins, yes not just one or two but a whole group swimming alongside us. I had hoped I would get to experience this and what an amazing thing to see. Definitely go on a dolphin trip while in Key West, there are alot of tours that you can do.
I am not a big fan of water so when my host offered me the chance to go snorkelling with him and the couple from Maine I felt this would be an opportunity that I would probably not get again so I went along and actually snorkelled and once I finally got my head under the water I loved it. What an experience. We had sailed out to some islands, somewhere quiet so we got to see more of what Key West has to offer. Although we didn’t see much while snorkelling it was definitely a great opportunity, I got to see some fish and also jelly fish. Again there are lots of tours and trips you can do while in Key West that allows you to go snorkelling.
On the way back from Snorkelling we were lucky enough to see such a great sunset. Key West is my favourite place that I visited to watch gorgeous sunsets, they are literally incredible.
Food in Key West
The food in Key West as you could probably imagine is more seafood, this was a great opportunity for me to try new foods. The food is just so good and the cocktails 🙂
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park
I went here because of the beach but I was amazed at finding a pre-civil war fortress there aswell. I walked from the centre of Key West to here which took me a good 30 minutes. There is alot of history at the fortress and there are daily tours at a cost. I had a quick look around the fortress on my own which was free, then I headed down to the beach. The beach is really lovely, not too busy, there are food shops there but be warned they are pretty expensive so I would recommend taking food and drinks with you. I actually ran out of sunscreen when I got there so ended up spending nearly $10 on some!
A lovely little beach in the main part of Key West. There are sun loungers you can rent at a cost and there is a small little cafe that sells food and the best margaritas. A great place to chill in the sun.
Sunrises in Key West
It is definitely worth getting up early to see the sunrise, so quiet out and the sunrises are just beautiful.
My next blog is for a Sailing trip back from Key West up towards Orlando
Thanks for reading 🙂