KEY WEST: Cheap Hotel Rooms in Key West
Key West may seem like the end of the world for some, especially the locals, and that’s why they live there. It’s a wonderful island to visit, for fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving, or sitting in the seat of a local bar where Earnest Hemmingway spent his evenings. With unique galleries and shopping, you can be busy, or just relax on the beach or in a hammock.
The “off” season, when crowds are gone and so is the hot weather, is between June and December, and that’s when you will find your best hotel rates.
Low Season: June through December is less busy. Average Daily Rates of:
- 2 Star: $99-$200
- 3 Star: $125-$260
- 4 Star: $173-$500
- 2 Star: $139-$290
- 3 Star: $238-$500
- 4 Star: $399-$600
Sights you mustn’t missVisit the Earnest Hemmingway Home and Museum to learn things you never knew about this great writer, and fisherman. Hemmingway lived on Key West during the early 1900’s. If you love cats, then this is your attraction, because over 60 call this museum their home.
Visit the Hard Rock Café for eats’, cocktails and to check out the memorabilia of groups like the Beatles, Doors and the Stones.
Day or night a stroll down the Key West Boardwalk will have something for everyone. During the day or night, you can find a guy who will swallow a sword, fire-eaters, and even a cat trainer. You will also view one of the most spectacular sunsets ever off this boardwalk.
Fun things to doThe Key West Aquarium is an exciting and learning experience. Great for the kids, and the kid in you, this is where you get to pet a nurse shark and stingray among other water creatures.
Spend some time in the Mel Fisher Maritime Heritage Museum and view the gold bars, and other “booty” he found when he discovered the shipwreck of the Atocha. The few dollars it costs to view these exhibits are well worth it.
For an epic photograph, head out to Southernmost Point and get your picture taken on the most southern position in the U.S.
Wine and Dine TipsYou’ll have no worries finding great food on the island, from seafood to French cuisine. Here we provide some suggestions based on visitors as well as locals.
For breakfast a fun and fairly in-expensive café is the Banana Café, providing some of the most delicious crepes one can imagine.
A fun visit for lunch or dinner is Margaretville, especially for the “Parrothead” in you. For burger enthusiasts, the Cheeseburger in Paradise is excellent.
A visit to Sloppy Joes is a must for all who visit Key West, if not to sip a Rum Runner or glass of wine, to enjoy the photo history of this iconic historic bar. Enjoy a personal pizza, sandwich or Sloppy Joe where it got its start.
If you’re in the mood for a quite and/or romantic dinner, then the Café Marquesa might be for you. Located in Old Town Key West, this restaurant offers a menu covering seafood duck and more. It gets busy so for that quiet dinner, you may want reservations early or late in the evening.
Day TripsTake a boat charter out off the island to view and snorkel with the dolphins. These tours take about four hours and are very educational, with discussions about ecology and how they are trying to improve the waters for the sea creatures.
You can explore some of the other islands of the Keys where you will find each with its own history and way of life.
Go on a charter fishing adventure, with choices from fly-fishing the flats on a small boat to fishing for big game of a large cruiser.
Where to stayWhen you stay at a Key West hotel like The Gardens Hotel, you’re right in the middle of the most popular tourist activities. The Gardens Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and is a former private estate and botanical garden. It has been lovingly restored to the luxury boutique hotel that stands today, and it makes a perfect Key West home base for exploring Key West and the other Florida Keys islands.
Book a Key West Hotel like the Banyan Resort or Eden House, and prepare to immerse yourself in the island life – Key West style!
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